Transformational Medicine 

These are unprecedented times. We have only an inkling, a vague sense of how the lightning pace of urbanization, crowding, noise, mass media, technology and explosive information overload is impacting our human brains and bodies, let alone our energy systems.

 

Amidst the sensory overload and stress to our nervous systems, we are more anxious and sleep-deprived, more “wired but tired” than ever before. We are needing stimulants to help us wake up and focus throughout our days, then needing downers (prescription and otherwise) to calm down at night. More and more we are losing touch with the natural world, our own inner wilderness and the things that make us feel most luminous and spirited.

 

We have the potential to live in intimate interaction with a cosmos that is a constant expression of radiant energy. In every culture and medical tradition before our current time, there was an understanding that all living creatures contain a vital life energy. It is this force that is behind an innate self-healing/self-regulating capacity that allows the body to adapt to stress, and to heal and transform itself. Traditional Chinese medicine optimizes this inherent tendency towards wholeness, harnessing what in us longs to always move towards health.

 

The philosophies of traditional Chinese medicine may be ancient, but they couldn’t be more relevant, futuristic even, for the times we live in. The old continues to be rediscovered and made new again in addressing our modern life-force deficiencies. 

 

Attending to all of the layers of your being—body, mind, spirit, and beyond—this is a transformational medicine that finds and supports your aliveness. 

Alchemical Tools

There is a place of real stillness—despite illness, pain, or worry—that is always available to us but is so often forgotten amidst the stressors and distractions of daily life. In the beautiful womb of her healing space, Kendra’s reminds us of this place. Her practice style combines a unique fusion of:

  • Acupuncture

  • Acupressure and other non-insertive techniques

  • Bodywork (guasha, tuina, cupping)

  • Aroma acupoint therapy/Therapeutic essential oils

  • Herbal medicine

  • Flower essences

  • Lifestyle and food medicine education

  • Vibratory healing, Acu-Tonics, binaural tones

  • Nature therapy/Rewilding education

  • Transformational coaching

  • Writing as medicine

Kendra Ward, LAc., MAOM, is a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner specializing in women's health and vitality. She has spent the last two decades immersed in running a busy private practice, often finding her patients in health crisis or at a vulnerable transition in their lives. After 20,000-plus patient visits, Kendra felt compelled to write and speak about her clinical observations of repetitive themes like lack of confidence, self-imposed restraint, chronic exhaustion and overwhelm, challenges with self-care, and a real hunger for soul sustenance.

 

Kendra holds a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in Boston. She was on a premed track during college, but after a semester abroad in Tibet, India, and Nepal with the School of International Training, she became deeply interested in eastern methods of healing. Following college, she worked at the Mind Body Medical Institute established by cardiologist Herbert Benson, M.D., at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston on studies investigating the role of the relaxation response on sleep and the effects of intercessory prayer on recovery times after bypass surgery. This work aligned with her undergraduate neuroscience research studying the effects of stress on the brain.

 

Today Kendra is a diplomate of Chinese herbology with advanced training in aroma acupoint therapy, flower essences, and various bodywork modalities. She has also studied advanced energy mastery with contemporary shaman, Christina Pratt, and shamanic journeying with author and shamanic practitioner, Sandra Ingerman. Kendra completed her yoga teacher certification with David Swenson in Montreal in 2000, and has taught in  both Boston, MA and Portland, OR.

 

Some of Kendra’s life adventures include hiking the entire loop of Killarney Provincial Park in Ontario multiple times, living for a year in Maisons-Laffitte, France as a teenager, having a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India, teaching English in Istanbul, Turkey after college, sailing through the U.S. Virgin Islands, studying with traditional herbalists in Katmandu, Nepal, hiking to the base camp of Mount Everest, and getting married under an old black walnut tree in Saint Helena, California. 


When she is not in the clinic or writing, Kendra’s spirit sings when she is walking amongst the great giants on an old growth trail, searching for barred owls. Kendra lives with her two elementary-aged children and her soul-flame husband, who is a naturopathic physician.

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"It was such an affirmation of Love to have met you and been your client. You are a treasure and a lighthouse for humanity!" -HJ

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"A heartfelt THANK YOU for your beautiful presence in my life and for playing such an integral role in my journey to motherhood. I absolutely love your energy and have really cherished our time together." -CB

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"Thank you so much for everything you have done for me over the years, I truly appreciate your healing touch and kind, gracious spirit."       -LE

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"We are so very grateful for the kindness, care, empathy, comfort and wisdom that you have provided to us over these many years of life’s ups and downs. You are truly an extraordinary person and practitioner — it is wonderful to know you! Thank you, thank you from the depths of our hearts." - JS + CS

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"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your incredible work. Your thoughtful, sage words have always been a tonic for me in some of my most vulnerable, challenging times these past years. I always left our appointments rejuvenated, grounded, and at peace." -MC

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"I was the beneficiary of your vast knowledge, made life changes with your recommendations, and always found my “table time” a quiet and calming safe place- a weekly hour where I could recharge and let the needles do the work of centuries of experience. Thanks again for all your help and wise guidance." -SR

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"Thank you for so many years (10 maybe?) of wonderful care! It’s hard to express how much my visits here and your caring approach to whole body health has literally changed my life. I am forever grateful! " -TK

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"Thank you for being such a wonderful, positive bright spot in my life for the last 10 years. I appreciate your wisdom and insight, your gentle guidance, your spot on intuition, and your wealth of knowledge. Thank you for being a steady support for me through the highs and lows." -CF

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"Thank you for fifteen years of healing, comfort, and friendship. These have been tumultuous years for me and you have been such a blessing. I have learned so much from you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" -AH

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