The etymology for the Chinese character for medicine 醫: “Medicine as it was practiced by the wizards of old. To send 殹 arrows against evil influences that caused the sickness, and to give the sick 酉 elixirs to revive them” (Wieger 1965 300). The name Bow & Arrow comes out of this idea that the treatment of illness is to be performed by a skilled practitioner that precisely diagnoses and treats the patient with the right modalities at the right time. Eastern medicine is unparalleled by giving a highly targeted treatment for each individual’s unique health concerns.
Nora Grod, MSOM, LAc.
Nora Grod is of Chinese ancestry and as a result Nora has been immersed in the Eastern traditions of health and wellness since birth. She has vivid recollections of being a young child and imitating her grandfather’s early morning routine of Taiji Quan, a type of internal martial arts that has roots in ancient longevity practices.
Growing up she witnessed her mother turn to her culture’s ancient medical traditions of acupuncture and herbal medicine to successfully treat illness in lieu of pharmaceuticals and surgery. Her mother was adamant in feeding her a traditional Asian diet of whole foods including bone broth soups and rarely introduced refined Western foods into the home. At the age of thirteen, Nora began to take private Taiji lessons at dawn, before school, where she learned and excelled at a sword form of Taiji. Her cultural upbringing, in addition to her undergraduate training as a scientist in the biological sciences, as well as her graduate education in the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) puts her in a unique position to bridge East and West.
Nora has had the privilege to study with some of the top scholars and clinicians in the field that are attempting to push for the return of the clinical efficacy of the medicine to the highest possible, such as Arnaud Versluys of the Tian-Zeng Shanghan Lun canonical herbal medicine lineage. She had the opportunity to undergo a year-long mentorship with Dr. Versluys during her graduate studies and completed a two year post-graduate training as a Diplomat in Canonical Chinese Medicine in Dr. Versluys’ organization, Institutes for Classics of East Asian Medicine (ICEAM).
Nora is a life long student of Master Zhongxian Wu where his teachings include Daoist internal cultivation practices, Zhao Bao He style Taiji Quan, and Dai Family Xinyi. She has a special interest in Eastern esoteric arts and has completed certificates in the study of Four Pillars of Destiny (Chinese astrology), Feng Shui and Yijing divination from highly regarded teacher in SE Asia, Raymond Lo. Her studies have taken her to live in Hong Kong and Taiwan, and she has taken several month long trips with her professors to study medicine and internal martial arts at sacred sites in China. She holds a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM), and has been board-certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the National Commission for the Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Nora is licensed by the Oregon Medical Board.
2008 MSOM, NCNM, Portland, OR
2002 BS Biology, University of Texas, Austin, TX
2015 Diplomat in Canonical Chinese Medicine, ICEAM
2009 Licensed Acupuncturist, Oregon Medical Board, License no. AC140945
2008 Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM
2008 Gynecological Diseases During Pregnancy in the Golden Cabinet, NCNM Master’s Thesis