Reopening

Opening lion dance ceremony for Hidden Well Clinic, June 14, 2014

In terms of timing, we will follow the California Health Board directive. Our primary goal is to make everyone’s experience as safe as its always been, while continuing our focus on the expansion of wellness.

For those of you on their second or third round of prevention formulas, you will receive an email around June 8th outlining a few changes in clinic practices and your tentative return date. We are looking to our sixth anniversary for our first wave to commemorate that long awaited event.

Everything is being designed for your utmost safety and continued wellness plus some!

Clearly, this is the year to boost everyone’s immunity, so the new practices that are being incorporated should make the experience even better.

Rare times allow for great opportunities. For the benefit of those who come to Hidden Well, noone will come into the clinic who is not following our guidelines. Simplification is what’s up.

Stay tuned here for the next set of updates…both Isabel and I will be offline for the next week. If you need to sign up for pickup, do that via appointy for the June or July dates set on the calender.. If you need refills, follow your appointtment with an email as to specifics. Everything you need is listed on the formula instruction page.

Until then, be well and make the most in the light of this time.

So much love and care,

Demoiselle

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Herbal Kit Pickup

Honeysuckle flowers in Lonicera and Forsythia Decoction (Yin Qiao San) have compounds that prevent viral replication.

The next herbal pickup is set for Monday, June 8. If you are part of the Hidden Well practice, please sign up. You’ll see the times available on appointy.

For convenience and to eliminate overlap, arrival times are set 15 minutes apart. A desk off the lane on the paved parking spot of 134 Houston will hold your kit. Noone will be there to greet you but your kit will be waiting.

Payment can be placed in the desk without touching the drawer. Otherwise, if it’s easier email payment information. Everything that has been prepared for you has been done so with utmost care by myself or others in isolation.

You will begin with the preventative formula (Fortress) along with daily strategies. Move to the treatment formula (Fight) only in the event of generalized signs and symptoms indicative of an invasion (e.g. fever, chills, cough, body aches, headache, etc). The instructions and ingredients are posted on the website formula instruction page. The formula Deep Breath can be included for those with lung challenges as the initial stage could progress rapidly. All costs for refills are also listed. Just email what you need.

If you are sheltering in place with others and would like each person to have their own kit, please email hiddenwellacupuncture@gmail.com with the number of kits in the subject line. Otherwise, an appointment will be a request for one. If you are more than 2 people in a single household, ask for a family kit. It will be packed for volume so the price will be adjusted.

Cost: Each kit is $150. You can leave cash or check in the drawer of the desk outside or email after pickup with a credit card.

If you are a part of the Hidden Well practice and have been financially impacted by the shelter in place order, you still have access. Please pay by a sliding scale (begining at $50) or you may pay later. It is important to me that you have what you need to maintain your wellness. The cost should not stop you from begining the immune boosting protocol. These formulas are very gentle and designed to be taken on a daily basis for months.

Also, if you are not local and are unable to pick your kit up in person, please email your address with number you would like. We are shipping each week by ground UPS.

At this time, for ease of communication, please email only.

Thanks for your patience…

Demoiselle

Fortification

There are a few Chinese medical adages that go something like this…you don’t dig a well when you are thirsty, nor do you forge a sword while marching into battle.

Over the last 2000 years there have been 320 large scale epidemics in China. Because of this, a great deal of knowledge and wisdom has been gained with respect to halting transmission and protecting life.

Clearly the Chinese as a culture with their own medical philosophy have learned over time the art of preparing. Plagues and epidemics require a shifting out of the normal into a different mode of awareness and preparedness.

My personal respect for Chinese medicine runs deep. Being a part of my practice, you have likely come to appreciate it too for its many gifts. Now, we are in a different set of circumstances where the opportunity is to share a different aspect of the medicine.

When the SARS epidemic broke out in 2002, it was not modern medicine which was known to have controlled the spread of that corona virus, but a return to a historic herbal approach known as Wen Bing.

In China, in early February 2020, large scale herbals were given in Wu Han. Their numbers of new symptomatic cases and deaths have now declined. Just as in 2002 with the SARS epidemic, they returned to the Wen Bing tradition of prevention and ceasing progression.

From my perspective, there is no reason to reinvent this wheel. I have begun my own raw formula for prevention based on this model.

Many of you know the benefits of herbs. There are raw herbal decoctions, tinctures and patent (honey pill) formulas.

Without experience, many people are fearful of Chinese herbs. It is a reasonable response to what is foreign. Despite this, Hidden Well will offer you every option in this tradition going forward. Stay tuned here for the next steps in our process of preparing and fortifying.

In the meantime, continue to practice good epidemic form of social distancing or self isolating. If you do need to be out and about before you have your fortification formulas, face masks are a good practice. Extras will be hanging in a bag on the rear door of the clinic starting on Wednesday if you need one.

Thank you for your continued trust.

Demoiselle

Adaptability

As we face the epidemic of the coronavirus, I will be shifting gears from individualized care to community protection. What that means is I will suspend the regular practice of seeing patients. This allows time to review the literature, both historic and current, work more closely with my colleagues and boost my own immune system in preparation.

I will be working on a series of preventative and onset of symptoms formulas to have available by the end of the month. If you have in your Chinese medical pharmacy either Jade Screen or Heavenly Reishi, start taking these formulas to boost your immune system. If you begin to have any cold like symptoms and you have Yin Qiao San, take the recommended dose.

Reopening the clinic: When adequately prepared, I will reopen the clinic preferentially for those with challenged immune systems and those working within their deeper channels (luo, divergent, eight extra vessels). I will also have a procedure for you to pick up formulas and I will update this page with those details.

Recommendations: Follow the primary guidelines of self isolating, self care and scrupulous hand washing if out and about. Wear a mask if connecting with others and try to wash items coming into your household. You can come from the perspective that you yourself are contagious and would like to protect others. Get plenty of sunshine but steer clear of an excess of wind. All of you know these basic practices.

For those who would like to know more about how China has treated the coronavirus with herbal medical strategies see utube: “How coronavirus (covid-19) is treated with TCM in China” by John Chen, PharmD, PhD, OMD.

Watch this page for updates. Although I plan to be offline and out of general communication for the next week or so, know that I am taking every single one of you and your loved ones into account as we all make this transition. I am optimistic that we will emerge triumphant.

Demoiselle

Welcome

Hidden Well is a holistic healthcare center located in downtown Savannah, Georgia. The lead practitioner, Demoiselle, practices classical Chinese medicine. She works one-on-one with patients, healing with acupuncture, gua sha, cupping, moxa, and herbalism. She creates her own herbal formulas from Chinese herbs, minerals, and essential oils. Demoiselle works to restore and maintain each person’s well being.