M.M. VAN BENSCHOTEN ASSOCIATES
Jordan Hoffman, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
Within each and every one of us is a quality of being, a clean slate of health and vitality, an identity unadulterated by the layers of accumulation we have amassed through the course of our lives. Yet, those layers, those experiences, joys and traumas, illnesses and celebrations are part of who we are. How do they define our sense of Self? Are we weighed down by the challenges? Do we overlook the successes? Can we look within and find space for change and growth? Can we heal?
Yes, we can.
When I sit with you, my patient, for the first time, I do a thorough intake to piece together the puzzle that is your health history to see how it shows up as your present imbalances. It’s a tall order as there are many levels to explore and make sense of.
Physical signs and symptoms are the most common incentive for patients to seek my care. So let’s start there, shall we?
Dis-ease, illness and pain are a direct reflection of our inability to adapt and evolve fast enough to handle the physical, mental, and emotional demands we place on ourselves in our modern day lifestyles. As a species, we have been on this planet a great long while. Yet, it is really only in the last 100 years or so that the quality of the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the pace of daily lives has radically changed. We have moved off the farm and into industrialized cities that have grown exponentially, teeming with people and cars, overflowing with concrete and steel, buzzing with wi-fi and stress. We eat packaged processed food, artificially colored and flavored, so far divorced from its source we have lost all connection with its origins.
But we do have options! The focus of much of my work is to help you reconnect to the basic rhythms of your own body similar to the rhythms of nature. I help you identify what is in the way of those rhythms, what disrupts your body, mind and spirit from living with ease. Working together, we find attainable and sustainable steps toward realizing such change. We will focus our efforts on the things you can have the most control over: the food you eat and the immediate space within which you live. With the latest research in nutrition, and a thorough analysis of your health issues, we create a plan for self-awareness around your food choices. Real change will never be sustained through an external imposition; that’s called a diet and diets do not work. No, real change occurs when it is generated from within based on self-awareness and grounded guidance. And when it is your immediate living or working environment that poses a problem, we approach change the same way: slow, steady, reasonable and effective steps toward lasting change. Evolution, not revolution.
Chronic physical imbalances are often the superficial expression of deeper patterns of emotional or spiritual stress or trauma. One of the unique offerings that Chinese Medicine gives is its view of the effects of unresolved emotional holding patterns on specific organ systems. At times, we may have a life experience that may be so disruptive and so hard to process, or we may not have the tools and resources to handle it at the time, that it may rob the strength of specific organ systems making us susceptible to physical imbalances. My role here is to help you connect your mental and emotional challenges with your physical experience, to connect your mind and body, so that clarity for each can help lead you toward letting go of old, unproductive patterns in favor of lightness, self-compassion and ease.
My ideal course of treatment with patients is to design, through the initial intake, history, and examination, a course of treatment consisting of:
Ours will be a partnership, 50-50. We will identify where you need the most clarity and support, create a course of treatment that makes sense and is achievable, and help you make choices that lead you toward an empowered lifestyle where better self-care will become second nature.
May you be happy.
May you be healthy.
May you live with ease.
And may you help those in need.
I graduated with a Master’s Degree from Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in 2006 and am Nationally Board Certified in Oriental Medicine including Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology, specializing in internal medicine, food and lifestyle counseling, pain management and addiction. In 2009, I began my training with Dr. Matt and immediately realized that his technique and approach to viewing the body and its relationship with the environment was the missing piece I had been looking for. I always knew that one day I could develop even better tools to accurately diagnose and effectively treat my patients no matter their conditions. All the while, continuing to offer compassionate and personalized care.
"In the late summer and early fall of last year I began experiencing increasingly painful periods. I was bleeding very heavily, taking up to twelve Advil per day without relief, and very concerned about what was happening in my reproductive tract. I had just moved here in May and therefore I did not yet have a gynecologist here. I knew if I did they would suggest that I take oral contraceptives, which I do not tolerate, or get an IUD, which I did not want. One of my patients told me Jordan Hoffman helped her resolve recurrent yeast and urinary tract infections. I set up an appointment and expected to receive acupuncture treatments for my symptoms. Instead, we discovered some interesting things that correlated with my gynecological demise.
My work suddenly became very busy very fast. I was eating on the run. My diet changed in that I started eating easy, low prep things like packaged string cheese, cottage cheese, salads with cheese, yogurt, etc. I was exhausted and drinking triple the amount of coffee I used to. I was also eating chicken sausage, chicken in salad, chicken everything because it was easy.
Jordan told me I needed to take out dairy and chicken, replace coffee with tea (caffeine is ok, coffee is not) and take an individualized herbal formula that he made for me. My first thought was that he was definitely trying to make me miserable. I love cheese, and I am from NJ, I have been a coffee drinker my entire life. However, I was uncomfortable enough that I would take this experiment on for a month and time would tell.
It worked. The next month I had NO cramps. I did not even know my period was coming. I have now been through four cycles successfully. This experience taught me that diet can have a profound influence on our bodies. Dietary modifications are low-risk with possible significant therapeutic benefit."
Stephanie, Los Angeles
"If you have never experienced acupuncture or have had less than a good experience, I personally endorse highly trained acupuncturist, Jordan Hoffman, who is my personal miracle worker. Among other health issues, Jordan has relieved or eliminated the following forms of pain: neck, thumb, and leg. He is principled, serious, and will not promote all kinds of extra costs.
If you are frustrated with your lack of results from Western medicine, Jordan is your “go-to” person."
Gail, Studio City
"Jordan Hoffman is the best in his business, bar none. I have been to many doctors, acupuncturists and healers and Jordan is the best diagnostician and the most down to earth, intelligent, compassionate, patient and loyal of any I have ever met. Jordan has helped my family through a severe toxic mold exposure and we see him for many other ailments including urinary tract infections, amalgam toxicity, colds, flu’s, food poisoning, injuries and more. We consider Jordan to be our family doctor. We are blessed to have him."
Karen, Culver City