Jessica Grotfeldt LAc, MSTOM is a nationally certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in NYC. Her evidenced-based approach seeks to treat the root cause of imbalance in the mind and the body. Whether she is treating physical/emotional pain, digestive disfunction, hormone imbalances, adrenal fatigue or other causes of “dis-ease” or distress, her goal is to create an effective and compassionate healthcare plan tailored to the specific needs of each patient. Jessica is also a passionate practitioner of cosmetic acupuncture. Her “beautiful skin from within” approach gets to the internal source of aging to revitalize the body and activate your inner glow. In a world of daily pressures and stress, Jessica creates an oasis of peace and tranquility for the body and mind to heal and thrive.
How did you become involved with Sanavita?
Many years ago my father was battling cancer and the difficult side effects of chemo and radiation. In my search to provide him with relief, we discovered acupuncture. His digestion, his energy, his sleep and his peace of mind improved so greatly that I was moved to study Chinese medicine so that I could provide the same relief and support to others and their loved ones. It is the single greatest honor of my life to be a conduit for the healing of the mind and body.
What’s your favorite thing about being a therapist/healer?
By far it is sharing the healing itself. Every time a patient comes in and tells me that their migraines have gone, their anxiety has melted away, their acid reflux has disappeared, my heart leaps for joy. I love my patients and it is a real pleasure to be a part of their healing journey whatever that may be.
What’s your favorite food or meal?
Mexican food! I grew up in Texas and lived in Mexico for many years. The breakfast taco with the perfect tomatillo salsa and a side of beans and rice is the thing of dreams. Ha! Unfortunately here in New York I have to make it for myself. I love to cook though so it’s never out of reach. Yum!
What’s your favorite recipe?
I LOVE to make a Persian stew called Ash e Mash. It has rice, mung beans, turmeric, ginger and LOTS of greens and fresh herbs. It has the comfort food quality of mac and cheese but is an anti inflammatory powerhouse. It’s a recipe I often share with patients because it’s delicious and healing at the same time!
What’s your favorite quote?
“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me lie an invincible summer.” — Albert Camus
I find a lot of strength in this quote. It’s on my wall at home and reminds me that we are infinitely powerful no matter the circumstances.
Who has had the most influence on your life?
My father. He was an amazing artist whose work dealt with the invisible veil between what we are to perceive with our physical senses and what we are able to sense on a primordial level. He incorporated the themes of alchemy and healing plants in his art that sparked my interest in ancient healing techniques from an early age. But if he hadn’t used Chinese medicine during his cancer treatments I don’t think it would have occurred to me to study acupuncture.
What do you do when your not at SanaVita?
I have deep love of dancing so I do that as much as possible. I love traveling and being in nature. Going to art openings, saunas and spas, cooking, exploring qi gong and sound healing events. I’m a lover of life!
Which supplements do you find indispensable in your own life?
As a Chinese herbalist this is always changing depending on the seasons and where my body is, balance-wise, but I’m always making Turmeric Golden Tea because inflammation is the root cause of so many conditions. I also love my daily adrenal tincture!
How do you like to cleanse when you’re cleansing?
I’m a believer in creating an alkaline environment in the body so when I’m ready to cleanse I start with stocking my fridge with lots of organic, alkaline veggies and herbs. And I always make a big pot of delicious broth. Plus, I love a good sweat so clean water and hydration is a must. This is just a baseline but always I’m focusing on cleaning up my digestive tract and trying different approaches with that in mind.
How do you like to indulge, when you do?
I listen to what my heart wants and try to incorporate joy. Whether that is a night dancing, lounging on my beach blanket at the ocean, treating myself to a massage or sauna or a great glass of wine with my girlfriends. It’s easy to get wrapped up and be too serious so I indulge myself by incorporating things that make me laugh and feel happy pretty often.
If you had to give only one piece of health advice, what would it be?
I always tell my patients that the corner stone of good health is a peaceful mind. If we get out of our heads and find peace in each moment, no matter the circumstances, our biological systems can begin to heal. Stress makes our animal body feel like it is in danger and it goes into emergency mode which has a lot of negative effects on our health. I incorporate stress reduction into every acupuncture session for exactly this reason.