Growing up with a Sicilian father, who introduced her to natural herbs and medicines, it's only fitting that Felicia Ferruzza made a career of natural healthcare.

She is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and diplomat of Asian medicine, with a master's degree in acupuncture and Asian medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland.

A year ago, Ferruzza set up a practice once a month in Manzanita. Ten years ago she began to practice Western herbal medicine. The study relies on learning from others, who become mentors; there is no licensing requirement for Western herbal medicine, she said.

She began offering acupuncture in Manzanita after meeting naturopathic doctor Tori Hudson, who told her no one in the area was practicing. "I integrate my knowledge of acupuncture, bodywork, Chinese and Western herbs, nutrition and Qigong to form a unique treatment plan for each individual," she said. "Acupuncture can help a wide range of health problems from cancer and chronic disease to depression, anxiety, insomnia, stress and overall grounding, healing and vitality. It enhances the immune system, increases energy, alleviates pain and decreases stress."

Feruzza also teaches cooking using local organic food and medicinal herbs for optimizing health. In addition, she teaches Qigong, an ancient practice for cultivating inner balance and method for moving into physical, mental and emotional well-being. "My classes combine breath work, sound and focused intention with simple movements for people of all physical levels," she said.

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