Now offering telemedicine consults!

Since my office is closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, I am offering telemedicine consults until I can reopen the office.

What can an acupuncturist do during a telemedicine consult? Here’s what I have to offer:

  • Chinese herbal medicine consultations with custom powder herbal formulas to treat a wide variety of conditions (see below)

  • Dietary recommendations

  • Stretches to help you adjust to your home workstation set up

  • Yoga clinic—review and refine yoga poses. We can also do private yoga classes.

  • General check-ins to discuss any lifestyle changes that might help your situation

I plan to deliver herbs primarily by bicycle to Somerville, Cambridge, Medford and Arlington. I can mail herbs to anyone outside this range. Or, if you also enjoy cycling, we could arrange to meet at a halfway point!

If you’ve never taken Chinese herbs before, please read on for more information.

Herbal consultations generally last 30 to 45 minutes. Any other consultations can be tailored to your specific needs.

All telemedicine consults will be $1 per minute, payable by Venmo.

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About Chinese Herbs

Acupuncture is often our first introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine, but Chinese herbal medicine is equally effective, and for certain conditions can work a little faster than acupuncture alone.

Like acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine has an ancient history. Written records of herbal therapies exist dating back to at least the over 2,300 years ago. Since then Chinese physicians have been refining and expanding our understanding of safe and effective herbal remedies. Modern scientific methods are further able to confirm the safety of a variety of substances, informing our use as herbalists today.

Chinese herbs are usually prescribed as a formula that contains a collection of herbs selected for their medicinal properties and ability to work together to address a patient’s energetic imbalance. It is important to note that I am speaking only about herbs prescribed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. These formulas require knowledge of the entire Chinese medical system, along with pulse and tongue diagnosis. Herbal therapies should only ever be administered and monitored by a trained herbalist. Patients should never self-medicate with herbs.

To create the correct formula a thorough intake is required, similar to acupuncture sessions. Herbalists might ask more detailed questions to tease out the subtle details required to choose just the right formulation.

One of the great strengths of both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture is the ability to customize each to the needs of each individual patient. Our work is holistic. It recognizes that each person’s experience of illness is unique and requires an individualized approach.

Chinese herbs treat the same variety of conditions that acupuncture does, but they have the advantage of being a therapy you take every day. Daily treatment can help speed the healing process.

So, what can you take Chinese herbs for? Here are just some of the conditions I’ve treated over the years:

  • Anxiety/depression
  • Healthy immune response
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Colds/flu/cough/sinus infections
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • Vertigo
  • Fertility/OB/GYN issues
  • Digestive issues of all varieties
  • Insomniav
  • Menopause
  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Recovery from illness
  • Autoimmune disease