Bringing Hope to Healthcare

Have you ever felt...

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    Tired of living with a mix of chronic symptoms that leave you in pain and exhausted?

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    Frustrated with how you feel on a daily basis? 

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    Like your health or lack thereof is limiting your options in life?

We’re here to listen. Our patient-centered holistic healthcare addresses the root causes of chronic disease. At Ancient Fern Medicine we create an individualized treatment plan for each patient. We combine the clinical power of acupuncture and restorative bodywork to provide rapid symptom relief. We integrate functional nutrition and lifestyle medicine to fully restore your health and prevent your symptoms from returning.


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Acupuncture is a safe, comfortable treatment that relieves chronic aches and pains, boosts your immune system, balances your mood, and so much more.

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We offer a wide variety of therapeutic bodywork services. These treatments can be added as a complement to your acupuncture sessions, or booked as a stand-alone service.

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Functional medicine focuses on restoring your health by discovering and addressing the root causes of your symptoms.

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We partner with you on a journey to discover, educate, and empower, as we transform your health from the inside out.

Your body has an innate ability to heal itself. We are here to help unlock your body’s healing potential, and guide you in achieving optimal health and wellness.

We offer free 15 minute consultations via telephone or in person to provide more information about our approach, and see if we are a good fit to work together.


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"Sarah has been the kindest and most caring soul I have ever met. I have been through many doctors with a complicated health situation.

The first visit I had she took me in and cared for me as if I were a family member. She is very gentle and listens very meticulously. I wouldn't go to anyone else after seeing her. Over the past few months, I've started to see improvement. She has been an incredible encouragement. I recommend her to anyone looking for a skilled and caring acupuncturist."


Hubbard, OR

I spent 10 years on birth control pills; hormone production did not come back when I discontinued using them. I took bio-identical hormones for a few years, but ovulation didn’t occur. Had my period in 36 days using only your herbal support. After less than 90 days (3 cycles) taking the herbs you provided, I conceived. I recommend this method to anyone.


Manager of a Business Development Center (Overland Park, KS)

Tim Nelson, L.Ac. has been a godsend to me. As a cancer survivor and joint replacement recipient, I rely on regular visits for ongoing care and maintenance. He takes time to listen carefully to my words and their underlying currents and meanings. And I appreciate his ability and skill in both being able to offer a variety of treatments, and to explain how what he is doing is bringing balance to my body. Some of his treatments include acupuncture, cupping, Chinese herbs and salves, heat, massage, and meditation. I must say that I have never been in better health than these past few years of being under his care.


Teacher, Portland, OR

"As an active trainer in the aerial arts and hand balancing I put my body through a lot on a daily basis. My visits with Sarah at Ancient Fern have become an absolute necessity!  Her needle work and cupping always calm my angry muscles and her herbal concoctions were a miracle worker on my angry digestion issues. She even helped me sort out some confusing insurance hiccups along the way! Appointments with Sarah always leave me feeling calm and grounded and I've already sent several of my friends her way!"

Sarah M.

athlete, circus and movement arts enthusiast

"I have some complex physical issues. The team at Ancient Fern have helped me skillfully navigate my path to health. They are extremely knowledgeable in acupuncture and natual medicine. They have supported me with my chronic knee pain, back issues and general health challenges. I wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone."


Owner of a Web Development Company, Portland, OR

"Tim Nelson is warm, intuitive and an incredibly good listener. That he is then able to parlay that into effective treatment makes his perspective on healing in actuality a blueprint for living. Lucky me!"


Child Advocate, Rancho Mirage, CA

"I have been seeing Tim off and on for the last year or so for various treatments. Every Spring and Summer I am pretty debilitated by my allergies. This season, with Tim’s help I didn’t have any major issues and was able to minimize the amount of medications that I would typically have to take. Additionally, Tim has helped me get back to work from a very painful neck injury. He does a great job of listening and asking pointed questions to get to the root of issues.

Tim takes time to talk to you about your concerns and expectations, and does a great job treating you holistically rather than just chasing symptoms."


Nurse, Portland, OR