Alethea Acupuncture Clinic
Jonathan Schell L.Ac.
My name is Jonathan Schell L.Ac, and I am the acupuncturist for Alethea Acupuncture. I have been in practice for eight years, and have treated a wide variety of cases everything from acute injuries to devastating chronic illness. I specialize in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis and chronic disease.
My patients would describe me as intuitive, intense, and knowledgable. Some of the things patients have said about me in the past are:
"Jonathan is a gifted acupuncturist."
My Story: When I was eight years old, my mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. While I didnít fully comprehend what that meant at that time, it was obvious that it was a devastating blow to my mother, and that was concerning to me as a child. What child is not concerned about their parents? Western medicine, which my mother had been part of as a Nurse practitioner, did not offer her any hope. And then through a friend of a friend she was introduced to Hok Pang Tang. Hok Pang was an extraordinary man who had escaped from China during his twenties, and through many trials and tribulations eventually made it to Portland, Oregon. Hok Pang was an MD in China, but also an acupuncturist. Over ten years my mother went to Hok Pang for acupuncture several times per week, and during that time her MS slowly disappeared, until her MD told her that she must have been mis-diagnosed (he wouldnít give the credit to the acupuncture actually working).
This was a powerful event to live through and watch happen. It taught me that anything was possible, and that there were really people out there that could work miracles. Needless to say, that from the time of eight on, both my brother and I were taken to the acupuncturist (not the pediatrician) when we were sick. This led to many interactions and discussions with Hok Pang through the years about different subjects. Then when I was twenty-eight and almost cut my right hand off, I had my own chance to see the miracles acupuncture could do. After my healing experience, I decided that I should also pursue this career. Hok Pang tried to persuade me to study in China, but I had too much fear about living out of the country in a place that I didnít speak the language. Seeing the path that I am walking now, I should have listened to him. If you are curious about Hok Pang, or my motherís recovery from MS, they both have books telling their stories. Hok Pangís post-humous biography is called A Time of Ghosts published by Inkwater Press (978-1592994922). My motherís book is called Heal from the Heart: Odyssey through Nature, Soul and Recovery from Multiple Sclerosis published by Norma Schell (978-0971050709).
I have been studying and practicing meditation and martial arts such as Tai Qi, Ba Gua, and Shao Lin since 1998. These practices have taught me much about discipline, stillness, and inner guidance. These are all qualities that are advantageous to have when treating patients. In the last eight years I have taught myself to read medical Chinese, and now much of the medicine that I practice is inspired by the core texts which Chinese medicine is based on. This is the kind of material that isn't readily available to most Western practitioners, at any level unless they can read Chinese.
When you come, be prepared to work. I don't believe that treatment is a passive affair. You may need to take herbs, and you will get acupuncture, but I will expect that you will do your homework. As most of my patients find, doing your homework can lead to lasting health benefits.