November “Thank you” – start treatment this month for $50 off!

I have been practicing in the Twin Cities for a total of 10 years in January, and I’ve been so grateful for all the people who have sought me out to help them with their health.

To commemorate this fact, and since Thanksgiving time prompts me to take stock of the many things I am thankful for, I am offering $50 OFF an initial intake and acupuncture treatment for the month of November 2013.

So, if for whatever reason you’ve been hesitating about setting up an appointment,




“…My AMH was .24, my doctor said I had a 20% chance of ever getting pregnant, and I believed, after 2.5 years of trying, that it was never going to happen.  You believed it could.  Max arrived [in July], and he is happy and healthy. Thank you for your services, your understanding, and for this precious little boy.  Sincerely, Becky”
(from a card)

“I like that you truly listened to me and seemed to understand the emotional pain of infertility in addition to the medical side of it.  One of my doctors in particular seemed annoyed at my visible emotional struggle and ignored it.  It felt so good to see you, and in addition to the treatment, have you ask about the emotional side of things and show concern.

I was in disbelief when I found out I was pregnant.  It was our 31st attempt at pregnancy and 9th try with fertility treatment.  You had said acupuncture would take 3 months to be effective, and during my third month of it, we got our positive test results.

I think that it is important for people to know that acupuncture can be effective alongside Western fertility treatments.

See you when it’s time to try for number two! – Becky”
(responses from feedback form)

Seasonal indulgence: fresh ginger cake


My wonderful wife first made this cake while living in California after discovering the tasty treats former Chez Panisse pastry chef David Lebovitz writes about in his wonderful books.  The ginger flavor is intense, and the cake itself exceptionally moist.

Click the picture below to go to for the full recipe.

CLICK FOR RECIPE – David Lebovitz’s ginger cake, from the book Room for Dessert
photo credit

This pairs well with a lemon curd, especially curd made from Meyer lemons if you can get them.  We had an “improved” Meyer lemon tree in our Oakland back yard – we sure do miss it!

Try David’s “Improved Meyer lemon curd” recipe from his website.

Chinese medicine dietary benefits of this cake

Even though this is a dessert and should be consumed only on occasion (as my clients know I suggest), this cake has a few ingredients that are beneficial from a Chinese dietary therapy standpoint.  Generally, this cake has warming qualities that are excellent for Fall and Winter temperatures (especially here in Minnesota!).

Here are some more specifics on the components of the cake:

Fresh ginger – fresh ginger is a warm herb that:

  • can help with preventing colds, especially in children and the elderly
  • reduces nausea, vomiting, belching due to cold in the Stomach
  • addresses coughs, especially with phlegm
  • reduces the toxicity of other herbs and foods – more useful when eating foods like raw fish sushi, so not really applicable here

Molasses – warm and sweet flavor:

  • tonifies qi
  • strengthens the spleen
  • lubricates the lungs
  • stops cough
  • benefits blood – molasses contains iron, calcium and manganese; good minerals that help to “build Blood” in Chinese medicine

Cinnamon (Vietnamese is very good quality) – a hot herb that:

  • strengthens the stomach
  • warms any coldness in the body
  • induces sweating (cinnamon twig –gui zhi 桂枝)

Clove – is warm and acrid:

  • reduces nausea and vomiting
  • warms the body

Black Pepper– is a warming herb as well that:

  • reduces vomiting
  • stops diarrhea
  • stops abdominal pain

This combination of herbs helps warm the body, especially the Stomach, Spleen and Kidneys.  This can be helpful for issues such as impotence, cold hands/feet, low body temperature, frequent colds, nausea/vomiting, period pain, vaginal discharge and other issues.  This cake is perfect for the coldest of Minnesota’s winter days.

Gluten free ideas

In looking for a way to make this recipe gluten-free, I found these options for flours to substitute in the recipe.  There are a few flours out there that have been getting great reviews for matching consistency and flavor of gluten flours, some of which I’ll list here:

Cooqi cake & pastry flour – costs a little more, but the organic ingredients are a plus!

King Arthur gluten free mix – has good texture qualities and costs a little less

Trader Joe’s gluten free mix – gluten-free cookbook author Nicole Hunn thinks this may be King Arthur gluten-free flour repackaged

I haven’t tried this recipe using gluten free flour yet, but when I do I’ll post back here and let you all know how it turned out!

Please try this recipe and let me know what you think!


Update: here’s a photo of a mini ginger cake my wife made last night in a mini Bundt cake form (yay @NordicWare) for a bake sale today)

Skeptics of acupuncture – rebuttal by 5th generation practitioner

The Huffington Post published an article in response to yet another Medical Doctor sharing his belief that acupuncture is worthless.

Read Dr Jingduan Yang’s post

Dr. Jingduan Yang, a 5th generation Chinese medicine specialist, wrote a response that I think may help promote the understanding that acupuncture; with its long historical use and support relatively recently from national and international organizations such as the AMA, NIH and WHO; may be effective for a number of different health concerns.  It may not be for everyone, but then again, Western medicine doesn’t help everyone either.  To be sure, skeptics of acupuncture / TCM and Western medicine all exist!

My feeling is, practitioners of both of these health care systems (and other systems as well) have something of value to bring to those people who come to us for help.  Let’s work together using our respective paradigms and help our patients be well!

Read Dr Jingduan Yang’s post

and decide for yourself…

Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture may help you overcome your fertility challenges.

Have you been struggling with fertility challenges and are wondering if acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medical techniques might help you?  While our website is full of information that is geared toward helping you decide if acupuncture is the right approach for you, I decided to post a link to another source of good information that might explain the benefits acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offers to those struggling with fertility challenges.

In my experience, many of the patients only find out about acupuncture for infertility treatments when at the end of their ropes – after multiple IUI’s, IVF’s and other assisted reproductive techniques.  While these Assisted Reproductive Techniques are definitely helpful, and indeed necessary for many couples, I find that many of my patients may not have even needed to resort to these approaches if they’d found out about what Chinese medical approaches can do for them without hormones or other techniques with uncomfortable or harmful side-effects.

If you are one of those people thinking about using Chinese Medicine to help you conceive, contact me for a free half hour informational consultation, and I can give you more information about this comprehensive, time-honored and proven healthcare system and how it may benefit your fertility!

Call for an appointment now!  612-871-2288



Prevent Colds and Flu: Increase Your Immunity with These Suggestions

Autumn is here! The temperatures are dipping at night and there is a cool breeze in the air.

Help prevent colds and flu by clicking on the illustration below for an article that gives you specific acupoints to press to increase your immunity.

Have questions? Stop by and we can help you locate the points (we’ll even mark them!).

1 of the four points to boost immunity


Two good herbal formulas you can find at local co-ops or health food stores are called Yin Chiao Chieh Tu Pien (or Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian in Pinyin) and Gan Mao Ling.

Mayway Plum Flower brand


Mayway Plum Flower Brand

Plum Flower brand, by Mayway, is a very commonly-found brand.

  • Yin Qiao is more indicated for colds that have accompanying itchy or sore throat and where a fever is a more predominant symptom.
  • Gan Mao Ling is good for any type of cold, as it is a more modern formula using the herbs for their anti-viral/antibiotic qualities.


Dosage:  I usually suggest taking 1.5-2 times the suggested dosage on the bottle at first signs of a cold.  If there is a scratchy, irritated throat then take Yin Qiao, and add Gan Mao Ling at the suggested dose after a day or so if there’s no significant change to help boost the effect.  Gan Mao Ling can be taken alone, if Yin Qiao is not available.

Helpful & healthful TCM recipes: NourishU

Here’s a website with many details about traditional Chinese Dietary principles, recipes, and help with cooking techniques.

PLEASE NOTE:  The author sells herbs from the site, but ask us about the higher quality, pesticide and heavy metals tested herbs we can get for you from a source we trust – Spring Wind Herbs, Inc. in Berkeley, CA.

Fall is typically a dry season.  Here is a sample recipe from the website, to address dryness of the lungs. This recipe uses American Ginseng, which is an expensive ingredient and usually highly treated with pesticides.  A good substitute is dang shen 党参, which we currently have in stock along with the red dates – just ask about it!!!  Add your favorite veggies to make a stew or soup about 20 minutes before the end of the cooking time (step #2).

Herbal soup mix to benefit Qi and Blood
Herbal soup mix to benefit Qi and Blood

Another version of this soup that tonifies Qi, nourishes Blood, and is also moistening to the internal organs is a mixture of dang shen-codonopsis  党参, hong zao-red date 红枣, gou qi zi-lycium (chinese wolfberry)枸杞子, dang gui – angelica sinensis 当归, and shan yao-dioscorea 山药.  We have this herbal soup packet available for purchase for $4.95 – get yours today!!!

Fertility Yoga / Chinese medicine for fertility class

I will be discussing Chinese medicine for fertility during a Yoga Sanctuary workshop on Yoga for infertility on Sunday May 5.

I’ll be giving some information on how Chinese medicine and acupuncture can benefit women and men in their journey towards conception.

You can sign up online here. – Select the “Workshops” tab and search for May 5.

Orchid blooming Feb-Apr 2013

NHFC orchid blooming Feb-Apr 2013

This is a slide show of a phalaenopsis orchid a past client of mine gave me a few years ago.  It sure is hanging in there and is looking beautiful yet again this year!

I hope you enjoy it!