Gwen’s practice is currently full, and not accepting new patients. Please check back in the summer of 2019.

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Our bodies are continually healing themselves, and sometimes they need additional help. Acupuncture and the use of Chinese Herbs help promote a continual state of healing and repair in our bodies.  Acupuncture supports this movement and change by treating the natural rhythm of energy and blood flow.  Given the proper support, the body is able to establish optimal health.

I went to see Gwen for one issue and with her assistance was able to identify the root cause of my issues. With regular Acupuncture sessions and Chinese Herbs, I have an increased sense of vitality, feel more aware of my body, and with Gwen’s pulsing diagnosis and guidance I’ve become an active participant in improving my health.

What to expect

Your first Treatment will include:

  • Your Pulse Intake
    A comprehensive 30 minute Pulse Assessment
    This process gives detailed information regarding your nervous system and the current state and function of your organs

  • Acupuncture Treatment
    Your treatment will be directed by your Pulse Assessment
    You’ll find the treatment deeply relaxing and often people will rest and fall asleep

  • Chinese Herbal Therapy
    The herbal supplements support and reinforce the treatment and benefit digestive energy and sleep

  • Treatment Strategy
    You’ll discuss the next steps that will guide you to feeling better


Pulsing is a diagnostic technique used in traditional Chinese medicine.  Pulse diagnosis is important for two reasons - it can give very detailed information on the state of the internal organs, and all other parts of your body.  The pulse examination involves the palpation of the pulse at your wrist.  Through checking the pulse Gwen can feel the person’s level of health flowing through their blood stream.  She can feel where there is vitality in your body, and where it might be lacking.  Pulsing also tells her about your body’s constitution.  Specifically, she’ll be able to diagnose the source of your ill health.




Treating Women

There are many chronic health issues that are common concerns for women that can be treated with acupuncture, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, in addition to general discomfort.

  • Tired, fatigued & issues with depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Anxiety and agitation
  • Digestive issues, constipation & IBS
  • Menopause and symptoms
  • Menstrual cycle issues

Treating Men

There are many chronic health issues that are common concerns for men that can be treated with acupuncture, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, in addition to general discomfort.

  • Premature or delayed ejaculation
  • Altered libido and decreased sensitivity
  • Erectile dysfunction and impotence
  • Sexual relationship issues
  • Difficult, frequent and/or painful urination
  • Inflamed or enlarged prostrate

chinese Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbs provide nourishment to our bodies when they are ailing.  They influence the body by strengthening the immune system, thereby, supporting the body to heal itself. 

Chinese herbal medicine can offer great support to the body.  Chinese herbs are powerful in their ability to rid the body of disease and/or to bring recovery from severe illness. Similarly to acupuncture, the emphasis and direction of Chinese herbs is to build up one’s energy (Qi, or life force), to move slow or congealed circulation, stimulate the body’s metabolic activity, rid the body of toxins, and to bring calm to an anxious nervous system. Often, patients will immediately feel a distinct difference in their energy and constitution. Taking Chinese herbs is a way that people can become more involved in their own healing process.


End of Life Care

Gwen uses acupuncture as a method of treatment to manage end of life care for those suffering from cancer and other chronic diseases.

There’s a natural rhythm to your body and blood flow when you feel well.  When you’re suffering from cancer, chronic diseases or pain, your bodies’ rhythm is severely disrupted.  

Pulse reading and acupuncture can help ease your tension, help the body relax and reduce anxiety and fear.

Gwen started using acupuncture for end of life care in conjunction with other treatment methods when she first began working with Hospice patients in 1994.


Bette is 99 years old, and in hospice care. She is at the point where she is in and out of consciousness; the acupuncture treatments seem to help her drop into a deep rest so that the agitation that frequently accompanies the dying process, is decreased. It is lovely to spend time with her, and her family, during this process.
Yesterday, I was working with a man who is 47 years old, and dying from a painful, crippling disease. He was sharing with me how the acupuncture treatments seem to really be reducing the swelling and inflammation he feels in his arms and legs, He also shared that he feels thankful that he is able to take fuller breaths after the treatments.

His gratitude moved me deeply, as does this work.


Forms for new patients:
If you have a scheduled appointment, please download the form, complete and print it out. Bring the form with you to your first appointment.


  • A “New Patient” visit is $200.00.  Return (follow up) visits are $120.00.
    The cost of personalized herbal formulas prepared for you will vary.
    We accept Cash, Check or Credit Card payments at time of service.
    We do not bill insurance companies, but can provide you with an itemized form with the necessary diagnoses and codes for you to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

About Gwen

Gwen LoVetere has been healing people through the use of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for over 2 decades in her private practice, Invisible Grace Acupuncture.  Gwen is also a senior instructor in Contemporary Chinese pulse diagnosis, also known as the “Shen/Hammer Pulse System”, which informs her of the natural rhythm of energy and blood flow in the patients she works with.  She has been a student of Dr. Leon Hammer M.D. since 2004.

Gwen graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1994, and was a faculty member and clinical supervisor at OCOM from 2006 to 2010.  She is currently both a clinical supervisor and faculty member at the National University of Naturopathic Medicine.  In 2010, Gwen completed a 3 year Chinese herbal mentorship with Heiner Fruehoff, Ph.D. and as a result, most of her patients use Chinese herbal formulas to help support their healing and overall feeling of well being.  

Gwen is also an employee of Providence Hospice, where she uses acupuncture as a method of treatment to manage end of life care.  She has been working in Hospice care since 1994.


Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis Workshops

For acupuncturists and acupuncturists in training, interested in deepening their pulse practice, Gwen offers Shen-Hammer Pulse Workshops during the year.

Gwen brings a passion to pulse diagnosis that is unmatched; she offers her students a grounded clinical perspective on how the pulse communicates what each patient needs. Gwen relies exclusively on pules findings to inform her practice. She graduated from The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1994 and has been a student of Leon Hammer’s since 2004. Gwen is a senior instructor in Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis.

-Experience both theoretical and hands on practice during each day of the training.

-Obtain a sound grasp of the concepts that will prove to be immediately useful in clinical practice.

-Earn Continuding Education (CEU) credit!



Hospice Mentorship, taught by Susan Wilmoth and Gwen LoVetere, licensed acupuncturists.

September to November, 9/7, 9/21, 10/12, 10/19, 11/9, 11/23, limited to 8 participants.

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Invisible Grace Acupuncture Clinic

4440 S.W. Corbett Ave., Suite 202
Portland, OR. 97239