Since opening her practice in 2003, Gretchen Sampsen, M.S., L.Ac. has been helping New Yorkers find and maintain a healthy dynamic balance in their demanding lives. Gretchen practices a traditional style of acupuncture known as “tangible acupuncture,” in which the needle is regarded as an instrument through which the practitioner influences the patient's energy system, strengthening healthy qi and dispersing unhealthy qi. Rooted in her own daily qi cultivation practice, Gretchen integrates a qi-based form of bodywork into each session, deepening the effect of the acupuncture treatment.
Chinese medicine has at its core a great respect for the ability of living beings to find harmony with their surroundings, thrive and enjoy excellent health. To that end, Gretchen teaches a Daoist method of health cultivation called the “healing sounds” – a series of eight exercises each consisting of a movement, breath and a sound. Once patients learn the system, they can practice it on their own, cultivating their own innate capacity for physical, mental and emotional well-being.
After pursuing a liberal arts education and earning a B.A. from Oberlin College, Gretchen was drawn to Chinese medicine as both a way of observing the human experience and as a practical way to help people improve their health. She completed a four-year program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and earned an M.S. in traditional Chinese medicine. She is board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York. Gretchen has done extensive advanced training in Chinese herbal medicine and uses Chinese herbs to treat issues such as women’s health, digestion and respiration. A lifelong study of movement – dance, yoga, the Feldenkrais method and aerial arts - further informs Gretchen’s understanding of the body and wellness.