I first encountered acupuncture in 2007, at the encouragement of a friend who saw me struggling with my own health and at a loss for what to do. I found myself right at home with the philosophy of Traditional East Asian Medicine, and deeply affected by the subtle power of acupuncture and herbal medicine. I decided to become an acupuncturist, to learn more about something that fascinated me, to provide a service to others, and to help the natural world through teaching people about their part in it and its presence in them.
I completed my degree at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR in 2013 and became a national board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine later that year. During and after school, I studied Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, primarily under Gwen Lovetere and Brian LaForgia, which has become an important foundation for my clinical practice. I also studied Zen Shiatsu under Xavier Preciado, and am currently excited to be learning and practicing Sa’am acupuncture, a powerful Korean lineage known to have originated among wandering monks at least 400 years ago.
I enjoy using the tools of east Asian medicine to treat a diversity of individuals and their health concerns. I am passionate about a simple, balanced approach to diet and nutrition as an essential element of good health, and I incorporate mindfulness techniques into my work with patients whenever possible. I believe that cultivation of inner listening is fundamental to health and wellness, and love to support each individual in learning to trust his or her own intuition and innate healing capacity.
Ben Marx, MAcOM, Dipl. O.M., L.Ac
I trace my interest in acupuncture back to the study of martial arts as a teenager, where I was first introduced to East Asian philosophies of health. My first course of acupuncture treatment in my early twenties was a powerful experience, and deepened my commitment to seeking and treating the root of disease. I was ultimately inspired to pursue Traditional East Asian Medicine as a career, and graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 2008 with a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
I have maintained a clinical practice for the last ten years, specializing in the treatment of athletic injuries and pain, and am excited to bring the unique tools of Traditional East Asian Medicine to the practice of sports medicine, pain management, and orthopedic rehabilitation. I’m a strong advocate for integrative medicine, where the best of multiple modalities are combined to optimize care, and I enjoy working closely with patients’ other providers to deliver well-rounded, comprehensive health care.
In addition to clinical practice, I’m the Director of Research at OCOM, where I teach and conduct research on acupuncture. Currently I have a grant funded by the Knight Cancer Institute to investigate whole-systems East Asian medicine to address unmet needs of breast cancer survivors in Oregon. I’m also enrolled in the Human Investigation Program in the OHSU School of Medicine, working toward a degree in Clinical Research. Peer-reviewed Publications: Marx, BL., Hullender Rubin, L., Milley, R., Hammerschlag, R., Ackerman, D. A Prospective Patient-Centered Data Collection Program at an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Teaching Clinic. J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Dec 16.
Marx, BL., Milley, R., Cantor, D., Ackerman, D., Hammerschlag, R. AcuTrials ® : An Online Database of Randomized Controlled Trials and Systematic Reviews of Acupuncture. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013 Jul 19;13:181.
Hammerschlag R, Marx BL, Aickin M. Nontouch biofield therapy: a systematic review of human randomized controlled trials reporting use of only nonphysical contact treatment. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Dec;20(12):881-92.
Cooper, F., Marx BL., Lee, T., Espesete, D. Super-users at an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Teaching Clinic: Demographics and Unique Clinical Characteristics. J Altern Complement Med. 2017; 23(3):222-226
Lu, Z., Moody, J., Marx, BL., Hammerstrom, T. Treatment of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Integrative Oncology: A Survey of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioners. J Altern Complement Med. 2017; 23(12):964-970
Hullender Rubin, L., Marx, BL. Diminished Ovarian Reserve, Clomid, and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Case Study. Med Acupt. 2012. 24(4).
Hullender Rubin L, Cantor D, Marx BL. Recurrent Pregnancy Loss and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Med Acupunct. 2013 Jun;25(3):232-237.
Lee, T, Marx BL. Non-Invasive, Multi-Modality Approach to Treating Plantar Fasciitis: A Case Study. JAMS. 2017. In Press.