What to Expect

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I offer holistic healing with classical Chinese analysis, herbal formulas and acupuncture. Experience deep relaxation and allow the healing energy of your own body to come forth and be strengthened. The goal is to activate the body’s ability to heal itself.

First Appointment

Your first appointment will be about one and a half hours long. We will review the intake form you filled out, and I will ask you in-depth questions about your body, your daily habits, your psycho-emotional states, and your cycle (if relevant).

I will feel your pulse and observe your tongue. These two tools allow me to witness how energy and fluids are moving through your body and check for where the imbalance may be.

You will then receive acupuncture, where you will rest and let your body find its pleasure point, endorphin release, and from then on have a reference for feeling good. Cecilia Garcia said we needed to recall a pleasant moment or smell the pleasant aromas of California Sagebrush to give ourselves a springboard for healing.

You will rest for 30 minutes with the needles. After I have removed the needles, I may offer you some food suggestions and recipes that I feel will be supportive to your healing. I may make you an herbal formula as well. In addition to needles, you may receive gua sha, moxa, and/or cupping.

Follow Up Appointments

We will continue treatment once a week or every other week depending on the situation. I am available by email for questions that may come up in your healing process. Please dress in loose fitting clothes and eat before your appointment.

Healing Methods I Use


Acupuncture is a part of each session, applied based on the presentation of symptoms.

There are several types of acupuncture I use:

  • Yuan Qi Acupuncture, a classical system of acupuncture often used for acute and chronic pain
  • Scalp Acupuncture used for neurological illnesses, pain, trauma, anxiety, addiction and many other applications
  • Eight Principle Acupuncture
  • ESTIM, or electro-stimulation, can be included in a session, where leads of a tens machine are attached to the needles to add additional stimulation to the treatment to facilitate change in the body

Herbal Medicine

Classical Chinese herbal formulations are a primary part of my healing protocol.

When I see you for the first time, I take an extensive inventory of symptoms and based on the Six Stages of Disease and the Eight Guiding Principles, I will make my analysis and recommend herbs. You will then take these herbs home and brew them into tea.

When finished drinking the tea, you will return, and we will reassess the symptom picture. With each change of symptom, small or great, the herbs MUST change to facilitate healing. The herbs are strengthening the body systems and reminding the body how to heal itself.


In my practice, I frequently use and recommend moxibustion, a warming therapy using burning Artemesia douglasiana or vulgaris, mugwort, on or over specific points on the body to strengthen vitality, to ease pain, to chase cold, to regulate energy flow and to nourish deficiency of qi and blood.

Direct Moxa

Direct moxa is the application of small rice sized cones of fluffy aged mugwort to particular areas that are considered portals on the body to our source qi. These rice cones are lit with incense, and they burn until you feel a heat sensation at which point they are quickly removed. I generally apply 10 cones but sometimes up to 50 at one to two sites.

Moxa Box

More info coming soon!

Moxa Goggles

Moxa goggles are wire made glasses that allows you to apply moxibustion to your head.

Moxibustion is a heat therapy using mugwort over an area on the body or directly on the skin to promote circulation, resolve phlegm, and strengthen the resilience of all body systems.

When used over the eyes one can treat eye strain, so common in our over media-infused lives.

Through unhealthy diet and lifestyle, or constitutional weakness, our bodies will produce phlegm, which can lodge itself just about anywhere in the body.

When one has symptoms in the head, like anxiety, depression, circular thinking, overthinking, double vision, ocular degeneration, glaucoma, chronic sinusitis and blocked sinus, foggy mind, dizziness, memory loss, or swelling of the head, for example, moxa goggles can be a great tool to clear up the phlegms in the head and bring clarity of mind and calm of the nervous system!

They are available at Spirit Farmer Acupuncture for $25!

Moxa Sticks


I use cupping in many of my treatments. If you are afraid of needles, cupping is a great alternative to acupuncture. Cupping is beneficial for lymph cleansing, fertility, abdominal and digestive problems, any body pain, injuries and facelifts!

Contact me to make an appointment!