Traditional East Asian Medicine (also known as Traditional Chinese Medicine - TCM) is a complete medical system that has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for over 2,000 years. It is an empirical, individualized, result-based system. Every herb we prescribe has been tasted and tested by generations of master herbalists. Every acupoint we, as practitioners, experienced during our extensive training.
Licensed acupuncturists and herbalists complete over 900 hours of clinical work prior to graduation. While studying our ancient texts we also learn about anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, and pathophysiology. We are often in the unique position of helping people to merge ancient wisdom with modern health conditions.
The goal of Traditional East Asian Medicine is treat current symptoms (e.g. to clear congested sinuses) while treating the root of the issue. Herein lies the art. There are manifold reasons why a person might be blowing their nose in our medicine (to list a few: weak digestion, poor fluid metabolism, a hot constitution leading to thick mucus). In Traditional East Asian medicine we ask you about how your entire body is functioning to resolve deeper issues and strengthen your entire constitution.
All private and community acupuncture appointments are by appointment only.
Private acupuncture includes cupping, moxabustion, gua sha, and herbal consultations. Practitioners will also offer nutritional counseling and lifestyle recommendations to help you heal. Different practitioners have different pricing schemes for private acupuncture, treatments range from $60-$100 a session. This discounted price is based on payment at time of service. Some of our practitioners also work on a fee scale to accept out of network insurance benefits.
We also offer a free, twenty minute, initial consultation for private acupuncture appointments.
Community acupuncture is conducted in a group setting and there is a sliding scale ($20-$50) based on income. Patients are fully dressed and wear (or bring) clothes so that the practitioner can needle their arms and legs. Treatments may include moxabustion, cupping, and gua sha but this depends on your diagnosis and the time available during the shift.
We also have donation-only ear acupuncture sessions on Thursdays from 6:30pm-7:30pm. No appointment is needed, and the suggested donation is $5-$30.
Herbal therapy is ancient system that spans over 500 single herbs and 300 formulas. Our formulas have been handed down for thousands of years and have demonstrated their effectiveness time and time again. In the pre-modern era, herbs were commonly prepared by boiling roots in water, distilling the essence of roots in grain alcohol, or cooking ground herbs into salves and pastes. This type of medicine was practiced by all civilizations and one of the most precious items in ancient civilization were exotic herbs. Needless to say, where there was money to be made there were fakes to be sold. As modern herbalists we are still trained to recognized, by sight, smell and taste, the raw form of all our herbs. This is in many ways a relic of a more ancient system where you had to be sure that they money you were shelling out was for real ginseng.
Modern herbalists are concerned not only with high-quality products but also with additives. The herbs that we stock are distributed by American companies and are heavily regulated in their country of origin. We want to make sure that we are dispensing potent herbs with nothing extra added. We stock products from:
We don't expect modern people to brew up their own herbs anymore (although you can!) Our herbs are offered in liquid, or pill form so they are easy to carry and consume in today's busy world. We can also craft custom formulas in granules (these are simply dissolved in water). Custom granule formulas can be tweaked from week to week as your health picture changes.
Herbal formulas are selected based on individual patterns and are modified as needed based on patient reaction. For patients who are fearful of needles, herbs are often a great way to enter the world of traditional medicine.