In many ways, my name says a lot about who I am. My first name is Nan, taken from my Korean name Gu-Nan. My middle name is Arita, which comes from a town in Japan that is renown for its porcelain. And finally, my last name is Schwarz, bestowed upon me by my German-American parents. I am an example of many worlds combined in a single person. My practice reflects this as well, as I utilize different styles of acupuncture and medical treatment depending on the person I am working with.
This stems from my education at Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, where I was clinically trained in acupuncture modalities from mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and even France. My herbal medical knowledge also comes from a wide breadth of learning, be it from classical chinese texts or more modern methods such as Kampo abdominal diagnosis and Shonishin. Palpation methods also play a very important part of my diagnostic methods with patients. Listening to what your body tells me via the pulse and touch is just as important as listening to your words.
I first came to Chinese Medicine after experiencing a severe car accident, where my pelvis and femur were shattered. Acupuncture and herbal medicine were effective in dealing with not only the pain, but also the recovery itself. This included the health of my body as well as my mind, as the mental trauma of the experience went untreated by western medicine. The compassion shown to me by my holistic practitioners was incredible, and eventually I moved away from a career in creative design and marketing to pursue this amazing healing practice.
My goal is to bring the same sense of hope and healing that was given to me.
Nan Arita Schwarz holds the following certifications:
WA state licensed East Asian Medical Practitioner (EAMP)
- licensed to practice acupuncture and asian medicine
Nationally certified member of the NCCAOM as a Dipl. of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) - Board certified in Biomedicine, Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine Fundamentals, Herbal Medicine
NADA certified as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist
Member of the Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA)
EAMP, LAc, MAOM