Ellen Goldsmith, Chinese Herbalist & Licensed Acupuncturist



Ellen Goldsmith is a nationally board certified, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Her integrative body centered and intuitive approach is grounded in decades of study and experience which are key to collaborating and working with people to help them reach their goals.

She is known for her enduring confidence that each person has the power within to resolve challenges, grow and heal.

From working with AIDS patients in the 80s, to trauma survivors, to performing artists, to high functioning professionals, elders and young people, Ellen is deeply equipped to guide people through challenging issues.


She is passionate about bringing the everyday wisdom of Chinese medicine to colleagues and the general public. Currently she is on faculty with the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine teaching integrative medical fellows on the Energetics of Food and the National University of Natural Medicine’s College of Classical Chinese Medicine and Helfgott School of Graduate Studies in their Masters of Science in Nutrition program, where she teaches graduate students in the study of Chinese Dietetics and its application in Western society.

Her enthusiasm for the healing power of food as one of the most potent of daily medicines propelled her to write Nutritional Healing with Chinese Medicine: + 175 Recipes for Optimal Health, one of the top books in 2018 by Well + Good touted as “... a thoughtful book by an American practitioner of Chinese medicine translates Asian dietary theory into a system that uses common ingredients and produces food that is easy to cook in an American kitchen. As a practitioner of Chinese medicine, I can honestly say that this is the book I’ve been waiting for! “ Jill Blakeway, DACM NYC



Her expertise extends beyond her clinical practice and teaching. As a former dancer and performer she knows the power of communication, thus created the podcast Health Currents Radio, to motivate, educate and inspire people to improve their health. She later was host of Healthwatch on Pacifica Radio, a popular weekly show featuring experts in the health field. She makes frequent appearances on various media platforms, speaking and presenting on the value of understanding food as medicine from a Chinese herbalist point of view at conferences and schools.

She consults for various natural food companies including Yogi Tea, Mind Your Manna and Plants by People integrating the wisdom of Chinese medicine, herbs and foods into the development of food products.

Ellen’s expertise and dedication to the advancement of Asian and natural medicine extends to her decades of service on the Oregon Medical Board’s Acupuncture Advisory Committee and the National University of Natural Medicine’s board of directors where she served as its chair.

Ellen is available for in person visits in Portland, Oregon, virtual consults, teaching and speaking engagements.

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