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Expanding Medicine's Potential

About Eastern Medicine

Core Healing subscribes to the approach of addressing not only a manifested symptom of illness or disease - but also the underlying causes. This elevates medicine and health potential - from one of compartmentalizing and isolating the body and illness symptoms - to recognizing that all body systems are connected - each profoundly influencing the other - a whole health healing experience well beyond care for a singular, primary health concern.


Beyond treating the physical malady, and the treatment session(s) - relaxation, stress reduction, issue-specific and mind-body balancing, are benefits of this type of care - which continues to restore and improve health. 

Core Healing's Care Model
  • treat the whole person; body, mind, emotions

  • improve, deepen, and maintain best mind-body health

  • prevent and eliminate the root cause of dis-ease 

  • curtail many health issues associated with modern lifestyle and aging 

  • improve and elevate the human condition 

Five Core Branches of Care

Five aspects of core care promote core healing, health and wellbeing; a complete system of accessible, comprehensive care - to discover and maintain new, refined states of improved health.

The Five Branches of Traditional Eastern Treatment can

 - resolve the pain event associated with injury

 - support and accelerate the natural pain receptor response

 - re-balance receptors damaged by excess chemical pain medications

 - resolve and bypasse dependency, addiction and harmful side effects of narcotic medications.

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Sought for pain relief more than any other health issue, acupuncture is the most often recognized element of the Five Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine care.​ Past pain relief, people seek acupuncture and TCM Integrative Medicine treatment for a variety of reasons.

Acupuncture Effects


 - accesses, promotes the body's intrinsic

pain endorphins and healing hormones

 - stimulates and directs energy and blood

flow, and the body's innate healing capacity

 - improves internal organ and

system functioning

 - stimulates nerve, muscle, tissue health

 - removes barriers to healing

holistically, systemically

 - corrects multiple imbalances in the mind-body complex


activates and


natural painkillers:

providing powerful

pain cessation.

Why Acupuncture Works

Traditional Chinese Medicine,

sometimes called East Asian Medicine, or Eastern Medicine, is often identified by its most familiar treatment: Acupuncture Therapy - but treatment care

may include palpation, Tui na, (massage)

Gua sha, cupping, moxibustion,

acu-stim, (stimulated acupuncture) 

auricular treatment, herbal medicine,

recommendations on diet, exercise, self-reflection

and meditative movement like Tai chi, Qi Gong...

In Dr. Marshall's case, he also includes many other 

effective modalities he has studied and integrated over his 20 years + clinical practice.

One of the many aspects

we appreciate most about Ryan,

is that he truly listens and asks questions.


Thoughtful, with an even temperament our whole family enjoys, Ryan's skill goes well beyond his training.

We highly recommend Dr. Marshall to anyone searching for a great acupuncturist and 

Chinese Medicine doctor.

- C.D.

Electro Acupuncture
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E-Stim Acupuncture 

While electro-acupuncture without needles (think TENS unit type therapies), is helpful for health conditions that prevent needling, e-Stim (sometimes called acu-Stim), is added to placed needles to provide increased energy available to balance Qi accumulations (as in pain syndromes) and Qi deficiencies, (as in adverse chemotherapy side effects.)


Extremely mild electric pulses sent through a frequency generator.

Dr. Ryan adjusts frequency and intensity

of the impulse being delivered through

acupuncture point placements. 


Relax or emergent benefits often

happen more quickly than

non e-Stim treatments.


e-Stim treatments rapidly

  • activate naturally occurring endorphins

  • lowers blood pressure

  • lowers anxiety 

making it helpful in trauma,

emergent or immediate health issues.


e-Stim acupuncture is helpful for a

wide array of conditions, including

those helped by acupuncture.

- CC

We chose electro-acupuncture to treat

my mother's response to chemotherapy: difficulty with

balance, dizziness, immediate nausea, expulsion after

eating or drinking. She was really discouraged.

The acu-stim was really interesting to watch.

Mom didn't feel the pulses or needles -

she was asleep in minutes - sleep she really needed!


Her results, after one session, were dramatic. 

She was able to eat, hydrate, and continue her cancer treatment. 

Her attitude improved tremendously. She slept better. Her anxiety lessened - which helped chemo delivery since her veins would relax, because she was relaxed. This was after ONE acu-stim

treatment, and one regular acupuncture treatment.

Herbal Medicine

Herbal Medicine

Botanicals have been in use longer than most other medicines, evidencing powerful results.


Thousands of years

of meticulous practitioner

documentation of these

natural, plant, mineral

based powdered or

encapsulated herbs means

certainty in efficacy.

While pharmaceuticals

tend to focus and

treat one condition, 

these herbs tend to have

multiple, multi-layered benefits,

especially in multi-herb combinations. 

These professional grade herbs are 5-10x

more potent than what is available to consumers.

Dr. Marshall creates custom formulas - 

each herbal prescription for

each client's unique needs.

   Beyond primary injury support, herbs:

  • support overall body-mind structure and health

  • beneficial for insomnia, inflammation, and anxiety,

  • support and boost immune function regulation,

  • support and boost organ system balance, protection

  • aid hormonal balancing,

  • and many more health conditions -

    since each herb and formula has multiple benefits.

I love my herbs,

and that my 'medicine'

is about as natural as it can be. I definitely notice a difference when I forget to take them.  

- DJ.M.

Manual Therapy

Manual Therapy

Dr. Marshall uses a variety of manual therapy modalities, including John Barnes' Myofascial Release Therapy - for which he has obtained the highest degree of training offered. His MRT advanced fascial system knowledge is key to unwinding and relieving restrictions and pain - restoring balance and function through light sustained pressure, via fascia care.


Gua Sha

Gua Sha 

Using dermal friction and herbal emollients, this evolved mechanical

skin manipulation is most often requested for pain resolution,

congestion issues and tight muscle areas.

It helpful where injury has resulted in scarring

and poor muscle movement in an affected area.  


Gua Sha produces transitory therapeutic reddening (petechia)

of superficial skin areas to: 

  • stimulate healing, 

  • increase circulation

  • release excesses 

up-regulate anti-oxidant and skin protectant enzymes to the

treated area; all while rapidly decreasing local inflammation. 

Gua Sha blemishes heal completely, in a few days - while treatment

provides benefits and relief immediately, or within a few hours, and for days after treatment.

Gua Sha can:

  •  - reduce a fever

  •  - alter the course of an acute infectious illness

  •  - reduce or remove surface and internal blood stasis

  •  - reduce inflammatory symptoms in both chronic and acute illnesses

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Cupping has been adopted by cultures and alternative medicine practitioners worldwide,

for local and systemic treatment aiding a wide range of health conditions, to: 

  • draw in (condense, contain) tissues

  • draw toxins to the skin's surface

  • to open skin pores

  • to stimulate, release, and balance stagnant Qi, blood, fluids, and inhibited or obstructed tissues. 


Vacuum and fire cupping, an advanced cupping technique, effectively treat

  • Trigger Points

  • contracted tissue

  • some types of edema

  • are particularly helpful for respiratory health issues

Please note: fire cupping is not performed at our Core Health Clinic location.

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Cranial Sacral Therapy

Lightly held compression and extremely subtle manipulations are applied to the anatomical membranes of the craniosacral system to restore

  • the natural position of bones,

  • the natural flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

Craniosacral system anatomy includes the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround, protect, and nourish the brain and spinal cord, extending from the bones of the head, face and mouth to the sacrum (tailbone) area.

SomatoEmotional Release

Discovered and developed originally as balancing therapy for children affected by Autism, SER is also beneficial for problems associated with injuries, physical trauma, car accidents, traumatic life experiences, and surgery. 

Health issues helped by Cranial Sacral Therapy are also helped by SomatoEmotional Release Therapy.

SomatoEmotional Release
Qi Gong

Medical Qigong

At least 5000 years old, Medical Qigong is considered to be the oldest therapeutic modality of Chinese medicine.

Practiced with or without direct touch,

this gentle, safe touch therapy is beneficial for health issues with physical touch considerations.

Performed without needles,

Qigong can be used to

enhance and accelerate

the effects and potency of

  • acupuncture care 

  • medical recovery

  • to relieve unwanted side effects of medications and procedures.

Therapeutic Exercise

Exercise is one of humanity's earliest, and most effective health therapies.

To support the work done during treatment, and to promote healing,

Dr. Marshall may suggest therapeutic exercise; key to accelerated, complete injury recovery.

He is:

  •  a former university therapeutic exercise instructor 

  • a certified yoga teacher

  • a multi-lineage Taiji (Tai Chi) and QiGong instructor; both invaluable therapeutic exercise aids. 

​Therapeutic Exercise

Dr. Marshall will perform the exercises with you until you are comfortable with them, he'll explain their purpose, and additional increased benefits. Flexibility, strength, stability, and balance are addressed via exercises specific to the injury - and to overall general health improvement.

Let your Core Healing begin.


Alaska' Best Acupuncturist

by his clients and colleagues.

That's all I need to know!



Been going here

for years.

I bring my kids

in to see him.

Highly recommended!



Before, during,

and after pregnancy.

Excellent results for

my entire family.

Seriously the best!


  - A.A.B.


Doctor Marshall is incredible!

I was seeing another acupuncturist

for Infertility... my husband heard such

great things about Dr. Marshall he had me

go to him.  

I was surprised how much better he was. 

He goes above and beyond in really healing

you and uses great techniques.

He really knows the human body

and how to help.

I would highly recommend him!


#1 healer in Anchorage.

Highly recommended!
Ryan Marshall is a Doctor of acupuncture, Chinese Medicine as well as a Pain and Inflammation Specialist.
I've received chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and medicinal treatments across the US & in Japan for several chronic conditions with slow to ok results. Since coming to this doctor, I've had noticeable health and energy improvements starting with my very first appointment.

I expected to just receive acupuncture when I made my first appointment, but was extremely surprised to discover he is quite good at energy (chi) healing too! Receiving infrared treatment in combination with other treatments

is an added health bonus!
This doctor is currently within VA's Choice program

of network providers (acupuncture referral).

- BW
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