Erika Anderson LAc, Dipl. OM
Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist
My journey towards healing and Chinese Medicine began soon after finishing my undergraduates career. I was uncertain of my path, pressured to figure it all out and struggling to tap into my passions in life.
Then I became ill with a strong influenza that left me with terrible arthritic pain and swelling in my legs, keeping me from walking normally and being active. I was only 23 and was recommended to take immune suppressant drugs by my rheumatologist.
After feeling overwhelmed and uncertain what to do next, my mother gave some gentle yet persistent advise to seek out acupuncture. It took just 2 sessions to have the swelling decrease enough to wear jeans again and after a few months of acupuncture and Chinese Herbs, my labs, mind and physical body were back to normal.
I then found myself getting my Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. After graduating I traveled abroad to Tanzania for an acupuncture externship in a government run hospital treating a variety of conditions from back pain, to post-stroke sequelae, to over-active sweating to name a few. I then came back to the US and within a year began my private practice in Central Oregon. Wanting to be closer to family and where I grew up, I returned to Madison in 2016 and began my practice here.
All of these experiences have come together to encourage me to reach out to those who also have found themselves struggling, physically mentally and emotionally with their current circumstances and offer the same support that was offered to me.
I find I am happiest when I can have new experiences whether it be with friends, family, food, or traveling. When I’m not in the clinic, I’m usually out on a hike, bike ride, at a watering hole, climbing or just relaxing in a sunny spot with my dog Izzie en tow.