Adriana Rivadeneira is trained in Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Herbalism and Cupping. She naturally provides trauma informed care with building trust, feeling safe and working together with fluid communication. With these modalities and her curious, caring and intuitive nature, she will support and nurture you as you transform into your healthier self.
The treatments that you will receive from Adriana, are custom tailored to your needs based on diagnostic information acquired during the visit. We are all beautifully unique and we should be treated as such.
Intrinsic to Adriana’s character is her high regard for nature and life, no matter what form. With the honor and respect that Adriana holds for Life and this Medicine, she will hold the same honor and respect for you and your treatments.
We tend to gravitate towards what feels good. Forgetting that anything in excess can lead to disharmony within one’s Body, Mind, and/or Spirit. Adriana invites you to find peace within your circumstances, all the while moving towards your Health. To find an alliance with yourSelf and to simply feel Good!
At the age of 3, Adriana’s family moved from Peru, where her roots and lineage reside, to Vancouver, BC, where she spent her youth. Even though she was raised in Canada, she is fluent in Spanish due to the fact that Peruvian culture was kept at home, and the many visits to Central and Southern American Countries. She comes from a family line of engineers, artists, doctors, spiritualists and visionaries. As a good example, her Great Grandfather, a medical doctor and researcher of medicinal plants in the Amazon, opened the first Public Hospital in Peru. He did this during his time as the Minister of Health and Minister of Justice and Human Rights.
Rooted in the natural world, wanting to be of service and a lifelong student, Adriana focused her studies knowing she would be practicing nature based medicine.
Adriana Rivadeneira MAc, LAc is a graduate from the Classical Chinese Medicine School at the National University of Natural Medicine, class of 2011.
At NUNM, she took an elective course titled “Foundations in Classical Chinese Medicine”, taught by Heiner Fruehauf PhD, LAc. She absolutely fell in love with Classical Chinese medicine and knew she wanted to learn, live and provide this modality of healing, and be of service to the world, as well as to herSelf.
A decade after graduating from NUNM, Adriana returns to study with David Berkshire DSOM, LAc, President of The Worsley Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture®. Adriana had previously studied with David Berkhire from 2006-2011, at NUNM and has now completed her residency with David Berkshire in Nov 2023.
Classical Chinese medicine, including Worsley Classical 5-Element Acupuncture, looks at the whole, rather than the parts. The root cause is addressed, rather than simply alleviating the symptom. Classical Chinese medicine has been used for over 2000 years. Adriana has studied text that dates back to that era. Tried and true, elegant, minimalist and comprehensive medicine that is based on nature, physics and is heart centered. What more could one ask for?
Worsley Classical 5-Element Acupuncture uses the natural flow of Nature to re-establish balance and harmony. The Five Elements correspond to the five seasons in the manner that Wood is associated with Spring, Fire with Summer, Earth with Late Summer, Metal with Fall and Water with Winter. The Seasons are a macroscopic movement that arises in a microscopic manner within Humans. This modality of acupuncture looks at the place in this cycle that is disrupting the homeostatic state of well being. By treating this, the whole system is being strengthened and brought to balance.
Sometimes, the shifts can be subtle, yet powerful. This subtlety allows space for your body and mind to rehabituate to the new ways of moving through the world. With yours and Adriana’s joint effort, sustainable balance and harmony can be found.
- Worley Classical 5- Element Acupuncture training with David Berkshire DSOM, LAc and Eric Hartman MAc, LAc
- Neijing Classical Acupuncture with Dr. Edward Neal MD, MSOM
- Jing Gui Yao Lue Classical Formula Training with Arnaud Versluys PhD,MD, LAc
- Shen Hammer Pulse Diagnosis with Brandt Stickley LAc
- A Certified Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine, with ICEAM
- Memorial Hermann Cancer Institute as an Assistant to the Pharmacist in a Chemotherapy Clinic, Houston TX
- Feeding those in need at various organized events throughout the years
- A summer at the VA Hospital/OHSU, with Dr. Garzotto, who was researching Prostate cancer.
- A 2003-2005 Ferret shelter
- A 2006 – 2008 Chinese Medicine Clinic at Outside In, a health care and social services organization, focused on youth experiencing homelessness and marginalized people in the Portland area.
- 2015-2016 gardener at an Orchid nursery/greenhouse in Viscaya Museum and Gardens, Miami FL
Five Element Acupuncture
Classical Chinese Herbalism