Limited appointments available for patients meeting specific criteria

Due to concerns over COVID-19, NINE is temporarily limiting access to in-person treatments. Remote herbal consultation appointments are still available.


Patients seeking treatment should meet the following criteria until further notice. 

Per Governor Inslee's April 29 proclamation, one must determine whether, "a patient's illness or injury is: causing significant pain, significant dysfunction in their daily life or work, or is either progressing, or at risk to progress. Additionally, clinicians should assess the risk of harm that could be experienced by a patient as a result of undertaking the surgery or procedure during the COVID-19 pandemic."


Only patients meeting these criteria should request and be approved for an in-person visit.  Otherwise, please refer to the Chinese Medicine Telehealth section below. 


All patients must adhere to the following practices when in the clinic:

  • wear a mask at all times (this includes treatments with patient lying prone; patients my be treated side-lying if desired)
  • wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering
  • arrive only at specified treatment time or wait outside until asked in
  • allow for the measuring of temperature and oxygen saturation prior to treatment
  • agree to leave the premises and report to their primary care provider if any potential signs or symptoms of COVID-19 are noted
  • agree not to come to the clinic if having any of the following: cough, fever, sore throat, body aches as in acute illness, fatigue, diarrhea, or known exposure to a person with COVID-19.


(Here is the interpretation of Inslee's proclamation. And here is the proclamation itself.)

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How Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Help You?

Healthcare Provider / First Responder Support

How Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Help You?

Chinese herbal medicine is a comprehensive approach to whole health care. It is utilized to restore health in a patient, rather than mask symptoms. 


For extensive information about this modality and Ash's qualifications, see below.

Chinese Herbal Medicine and Viral Illness

Healthcare Provider / First Responder Support

How Can Chinese Herbal Medicine Help You?

Chinese Herbal medicine can be used to:

  • support the immune system 
  • mitigate symptoms (in conjunction with strategies your primary care provider may offer)


There are herbs that may offer support should someone fall ill, however, both the elegance and complexity of Chinese medicine lies in its manner of needing to be tailored to the individual. 

Healthcare Provider / First Responder Support

Healthcare Provider / First Responder Support

Healthcare Provider / First Responder Support

In an attempt to keep our community’s frontline healthcare providers (HCP) as safe and healthy as possible during this COVID-19 crisis, I am offering a specific herbal support program.

Scheduling an appointment

What can you do to stay healthy right now?

Healthcare Provider / First Responder Support

My online scheduling program reflects the new TeleChineseMedicine consult appointment. For information on what it is and how it will work, see below or visit the website.   

More about TeleHealth visits

What can you do to stay healthy right now?

What can you do to stay healthy right now?

I am committed to providing continuing care to my patients during the time of our stay-at-home order. Fortunately, I have tools to work with you even from afar.

What can you do to stay healthy right now?

What can you do to stay healthy right now?

What can you do to stay healthy right now?

See below for tips and information to keep you healthy while spending your time at home.

WHAT CAN I DO DURING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER TO KEEP HEALTHY?

Additional Information

In the meantime, there are some things you can do on your own without any guidance from me whatsoever:  Supplements that may be useful (follow links for more information):

Support your digestive system:

  • Proper diet - eat nourishing foods that are easy to digest such as soups, stews, fresh vegetables (at least lightly cooked), and legumes cooked at high heat or under pressure such as in an Instapot
  • Avoid foods that may predispose us to illness or compromise our ability to fight it; i.e. limiting sugar, dairy, alcohol, cold and raw foods

Staying warm and listening to our grandmothers about catching cold.In Chinese medicine, we call colds and flus "wind invasions," the ancient theory being that these pathogens come in from the environment. We don't "catch colds" just from being cold, but when we are cold we are more susceptible--this is integral to Chinese medicine and is also supported by mainstream medical thought as well. Here is an article discussing the link between climate and areas hardest hit by the pandemic.    Staying active while also avoiding large groups

  • We need exercise. We need to sweat. Find an at-home workout routine. Walk your dog in the fresh air (a great way to still see friends while also keeping appropriate distance from each other). 
  • Do Qi Gong exercises to support your lungs. 

This is not an intervention intended to replace mainstream medical care. If you are currently sick please check in with your primary medical provider prior to making an appointment with me. For more information on COVID-10, please visit the Whatcom County Health Department for further guidance.      

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