Welcome

Moving forward with conscienciousness, we have put a set of safety and immune guildelines into place so you can come back into the clinic when you are ready.

You can schedule appointments on Appointy if you began your immune formulas in April, May or early June and have steadily taken them with a commitment to continue.

Please read the guidelines page (password is the historic front door code) then select which type of appointment best describes your situation.

Our world has changed and so has the clinic. We have confidence in and are excited about sharing this new unfolding with you.

For clarification on anything, please be in touch via email: Hiddenwellacupuncture@gmail.com

First wave: The return

If you began the Fortress formula in April and did not receive an invitation with the new clinic guidelines, please be in touch via email.

If you began Fortress in May and have been practicing SIP or SD, you can go ahead and reach out to us now. For those begining in May, we will tentatively send you an inviation late June or early July once we have all of our new systems in place.

If you started a bit later and have been either SIP or SD, you can write to us with “Isabel” in the subject line and explain your situation. We will be happy to hear from you.

Stage one of reopening: first wave

Sunday, June 14th, marked Hidden Well’s 6th anniversary at 134 Houston Street. To celebrate, we have prepared to come back together as a community. We feel we have created an incredibly safe and beautiful plan of action.

Many things have changed in the world since we last saw one another. The clinic has undergone major changes in response. Taking Fortress was our way to fortify each of you every day. It also kept us linked together in ritual as a community.

Depending on when you began to fortify, you will be invited back. We will have separate blocks of time for those who have been isolated and practicing social distancing (morning times) and for those who have continued to work and socialize in a fairly normal way (afternoon). There will be additional requirements for those who have been out in the world but would like to come back at this time.

For the safetly of all, the clinic will have a different set of protocols and practices. Because this is a time when immunity is of the utmost importance, we have added an infrared sauna to our mix. The benefits are in line with all of our goals, so it will be a weekly part of everyone’s visit to Hidden Well.

We have missed you and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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, no one 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 appointment 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

tybee sunrise

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. No one 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, just use venmo at HiddenWell or our email address (hiddenwellacupuncture@gmail.com). You can also email us your credit card into in two separate emails for safety. The costs will be on your bag unless you are getting your initial kit. Everything that has been prepared for you has been done so with utmost care by myself or Isabel.

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 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 will ship what you would like.

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.