Did you know that you can still see your acupuncturist while sheltering in place?


A lot of what acupuncturists do can be done via videoconferencing.

Using Telehealth, an acupuncturist can:

  • successfully do an intake just as if the patient was at the clinic

  • use tongue diagnosis to confirm a suspected diagnosis

  • easily prescribe herbal remedies

  • offer lifestyle and diet recommendations 

  • prescribe acupressure points

Three Chinese herbal formulas that were very effective during the SARS epidemic of 2002.


There are currently 7 strains of the coronavirus that can affect humans. Four of them have been around for a very long time and are among the 200 or so viruses known to cause the common cold. In recent years, three new strains have mutated to infect humans: SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - first appeared in China in 2002), MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome - first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012), and now the latest mutated strain; COVID-19.

In 2003, when SARS was on epidemic watch, three studies were conducted among medical staff taking preventative herbs. In total, the studies included a few thousand Asian participants. In all three of these studies, not one of the participants who took the preventative herbs contracted SARS(1).

While it is extremely important not to conclude that the herbal formulas alone prevented healthcare providers from getting SARS, or assume that this new strain (COVID-19) behaves similarly to SARS, I believe that it is worth considering these herbal formulas:

  • Yu Ping Feng San:

Has been widely used to regulate immune functions.

  • Yin Qiao San:

One of the most frequently prescribed herbal remedies when fever and sore throat are present.

  • Sang Ju Yin:

Mainly used for the common cold and flu when  symptoms like cough and sore throat are present.

Depending on the symptoms, I like to prescribe a combination of the above formulas. If you would like to discuss an herbal formula for your symptoms, please consider making a Telehealth appointment.

(1)Lau J, Leung P, Wong E, Fong C, Cheng K, Zhang S, et al. “The use of an herbal formula by hospital care workers during the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic in Hong Kong to prevent severe acute respiratory” Journal of Alternate and Complementary Medicine 2005; 11:49-55

Yes, we are open for business!

Here are some of the precautions that we are taking: 

Making sure you keep yourself and others safe:

  • If you are sneezing, coughing, not feeling well or have been exposed to anyone who has been sick, please stay home and schedule a Telehealth session. There are great Chinese herbal formulas that can be prescribed for these symptoms (and others).

  • Please wear a cloth facemask upon arrival and during treatment.

  • If someone is accompanying you to your appointment, please ask them to wait in the car.

  • Do not wait in the waiting area. Go straight into the treatment room.

What I’m doing to keep you and myself safe:

  • I will be wearing a facemask during the entire treatment.

  • High-touch surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, treatment table, surfaces around the treatment room, etc.) have been cleaned and disinfected prior to your arrival.

  • The treatment table is sanitized (with a new sheet and pillow case) after every treatment.

  • My hands are washed prior to your arrival, and then sanitized before and after inserting the needles, and then again before and after removing the needles (4 times during the treatment).

  • Payments can be done via PayPal. I’ll be wearing gloves for credit card or cash payments.

  • A $20 discount is offered ($65 instead of $85) to those economically affected by COVID-19.

Trying to boost your immune system?


Get plenty of sleep and reduce stress.

The best way to boost your immune system is to get plenty of sleep. The term "plenty of sleep" will depend on each person, but studies keep showing that the majority of the people require around 8 hours of sleep every night.


Not being able to fall or stay asleep depends on many factors, but one of the most critical factors is stress. Given the pandemic that we are all experiencing at this moment, it is possible that if you are not sleeping well it is due to stress.  

Lowering stress is the second best way to boost your immune system. Stress not only keeps you from having a good night's sleep, but while you are in constant stress, your body is in a fight-or-flight response - taking vital energy and blood from critical organs, thus, making you more vulnerable.

Watching less news, exercising more, eating the right foods, and taking herbal remedies can not only help you sleep better and reduce your level of stress, but also strengthen your immune system.

If you would like to discuss an herbal formula for insomnia, stress, or any other illness, consider making a Telehealth appointment.