Due to concerns over COVID-19, NINE is temporarily limiting access to in-person treatments. Remote herbal consultation appointments continue to be available to those not requiring in-person care.
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:
It is important to note that anytime you enter a clinic or business increases your exposure risk. Patients must weigh that risk against their perceived need for an appointment, along with the above criteria.
Regarding my own clinic procedures the following tasks and procedures have been implemented:
· Follow local updates from both PeaceHealth and the County Health Department to remain aware of a local surge so that I may respond accordingly
· Continually review infection prevention policies and procedures and update, as necessary, to reflect current best practice guidelines for universal precautions
· Update my clinic standards of operation manual to reflect new in-office procedures
· Limit visitors to those essential for the patient’s well-being and care
· Screen patients via an online intake form prior to entering the clinic
· Screen patients upon entering the clinic for fever and blood oxygen saturation (using a finger pulse oximeter)
· Require all patients to wear a mask at all times while in the clinic as part of universal source control
· Require patients to wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer upon entering
· Allow patients into the office only at their appointment time—i.e. there is no longer any waiting in the waiting room unless by advance arrangement.
A copy of our Safe Start plan can be found here.
If you have had any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, the CDC advises: You can be with others after
Depending on your healthcare provider’s advice and availability of testing, you might get tested to see if you still have COVID-19. If you will be tested, you can be around others when you have no fever, symptoms have improved, and you receive two negative test results in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
A patient may be seen provided the patient's illness or injury is:
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.
• Conventional Care Phase –
All appropriate clinical care can be provided.
• Contingency Care Phase –
All appropriate clinical care can be provided so long as there is sufficient access to PPE and, for hospitals, surge capacity is at least 20%.
• Crisis Care Phase –
All emergent and urgent care shall be provided; elective (non-urgent) care, that the postponement of which for more than 90 days would, in the judgement of the clinician, cause harm.
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 can be used to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
See below for tips and information to keep you healthy while spending your time at home.
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:
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
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.