What is TCM?

TCM is the commonly used abbreviation for Traditional Chinese Medicine, an ancient medicine thousands of years old.

The first complete written book on the topic is the Yellow Emperor’s Classic and was written 2,000 years ago. Its principles and treatments have continued to develop and live on strong into the modern era.

TCM is rooted in finding the answers when we are aligned with the laws of nature. With a compassionate Taoist heart, it views people not as separate beings, but inextricably connected to the whole universe. When we stop viewing ourselves as separate, we start understanding the importance of respecting ourselves and our relationship to the greater Universal order.

Disharmony and disease often arise as the result of living a cumulative lifestyle in discord with the laws of nature.  Modern lifestyle causes continual stresses which lead to symptoms which when left unaddressed lead to more serious and complex diseases.

  • Acupuncture

  • Herbs

  • Cupping

  • Tuina

  • Better Nutrition

  • Qi cultivation

  • Lifestyle Adjustments


Tony is a 49 year old male who has suffered from lower back pain for 4 months which periodically radiated down the back of his leg. We agreed to one course equaling 8 treatments of acupuncture with electrical stimulation. He came 2 times a week for the first 3 weeks, then 1 time per week for 2 weeks.

After the first week, Tony had already shared he had 25% less frequency of radiating pain. By the end of the second week, he was able to sleep much better and the frequency of radiation had decreased by 50%.  By the end of the third week, Tony reported only a dull ache in the evening.  As we lessened to one treatment per week, the dull ache continued to lessen and after the second week, he was feeling much better.

I treated him again 2 weeks after this course of treatments and the dull pain had come back a little, but not too badly.  After this follow up treatment he felt good for another week and a half, upon which I saw him again for a treatment.  He decided then he would like to work on his allergies so we set up another course of treatments for him which included herbs and needle support for his latent sciatica.

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Mandy is a 32 year old female with irregular and painful menstruation suffering from depression, irritability, and fatigue before and during her period. Treatment plan: 1 course of treatments over 3 months totaling 12 treatments of weekly acupuncture, herbs, and cupping as well as adjusting some of her eating.


After the first month, Mandy’s period symptoms were lessened by 40%.  After her second month, lessened by 70% and by the third period, symptoms reduced by 90%.  Mandy continued her herbal formulas and reduced acupuncture to 2 times per month for the following 2 months. Her period has become more predictable and now Mandy comes for maintenance when she wants a “tune up” as her symptoms are minimal to none.


Stacy is a 49 year old female who came to me and immediately starting crying. She felt her life was in shambles. She was perimenopausal with symptoms of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, and emotional instability. Her predominating feeling was anxiety and unease.

Her treatment plan consisted of one course of 8 acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas, then reevaluate.  The first 2 weeks she received 2 acupuncture treatments per week. After those 4 and her consistent follow through with taking her herbs, she reported feeling much better. She was crying less and able to handle life’s stresses more level headily. By the end of her 6th week, she was smiling more and sleeping much better and by the end of her 8th treatment she said she felt like a new person again and was looking forward to starting a new painting class.  She only occasionally was having hot flashes and the night sweats had completely stopped.  I now see Stacy periodically just to check in or if she has other symptoms come up, like catching a cold or during times of more stress.

TCM can cure anxiety