Dr. Mindy Boxer – Three Things to Know About Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine

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Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine often go hand-in-hand. Herbal medicine is often used in conjunction with Acupuncture, as appropriate, to support the body’s healing process. Just like a traditional medical prescription, herbs are prescribed by Oriental Medicine practitioners to address a variety of health concerns.

They are often prescribed as formulas rather than specific individual herbs and are tailored to the needs of the patient. And just like traditional prescription medicine, herbs are adjusted as the patient’s needs change. Some Western hospitals are now utilizing Chinese herbs in their treatment protocols. For example, the Cleveland Clinic has a Licensed and Certified Chinese Herbalist on staff.

How Chinese Herbs Work

Just like the philosophy behind Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Herbs work to treat the whole body, not just certain symptoms or diseases. The herbs come in the form of easy to digest capsules as well as in teas, liquid extracts and powders. And certain Herbs accomplish certain things within the body. For example, peppermint and cinnamon are considered antiviral, however, each person is different in their response to these herbs. And much like any prescription medication, the time it takes for the herbs to help the issue depends on the patient. If someone has a fever, for example, there are herbs that can address that immediately, but if there is a health issue that has had years to develop, the change can take weeks.

Herbal Benefits 

Herbs can benefit patients with somewhat complicated conditions or those that might be considered difficult to treat. Issues such as Allergies, Autoimmune disorders, Digestion issues, side effects from Cancer treatments, Infertility, and Menopause, just to name a few, can be helped by Herbal formulas specific to each patient. As with any prescription medication, it’s important to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments to the formula.

What to Expect

You can expect to provide me with a detailed medical history including illnesses and any medications you are currently taking. This is to ensure a formula addressing your specific needs is created and any side effects are avoided since certain herbs and prescription drugs might not interact well. You should also expect to have your liver and kidney function monitored to make sure your body is processing the herbs as it should.

Just like you should check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program or specific diet, it’s a good idea to speak with me directly and not just start yourself on an Herbal regimen. Let me help you design a detailed plan to address your specific health concerns. It’s also important to note that different states have different requirements for herbalists.  

Talk to me today about Herbal medicine treatments that might be of benefit to you. The addition of Herbs to your regular Acupuncture routine could be just the boost your body needs!


Dr. Mindy Boxer is a holistic practitioner who has grown into her specialties in an organic way. Understanding a range of disciplines allows her to integrate the wisdom of Ancient healing in combination with the most recent innovations in Scientific research. This dynamic blend has enabled Dr. Boxer to help patients in the prevention and treatment of disease for over 25 years.
At age 15, Dr. Boxer began her lifelong practice of Yoga & Meditation, read many Nutrition books, began Juicing her Vegetables, and explored and all Raw Diet.  Recognizing the importance of Nutrition in overall health, she earned her Ph.D. in 1986 in Nutrition and Human Behavior, providing her with a solid foundation to counsel and educate patients on how to attain health and vitality.
Her informative Lectures and appetizing Cooking Classes were the perfect forum to educate the community about the effects of food on Mood and Behavior, as well as in innovative ways to balance Body Chemistry in order to achieve overall well being.
Sensing a need to expand her training and understanding of the human body as a whole system, Dr. Boxer continued her studies in Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine,  and in 1993 earned a Masters Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She is licensed by the Medical Board of the State of California in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is also licensed by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine.
These diverse disciplines give Dr. Boxer a unique view of the human body and how to keep it functioning in an optimal manner. Her practice of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and Functional Nutrition have a profound effect on Hormonal balance, Rejuvenation, and Immune system enhancement.

Dr. Boxer has a particularly keen understanding of Women’s Health issues including Gynecological irregularity, PMS, Fertility, IUI & UVF support, Healthy Pregnancy & Delivery, and Menopausal issues. Her interest in the human body as a dynamic system has given her the understanding to deal with such problems as improper Digestion and elimination, Cancer Support, Allergies, back pain, tight neck and shoulders, carpal tunnel syndrome, respiratory distress, chronic fatigue, Insomnia, Stress, Anxiety and Depression.
She has also studied the art and science of Homeopathy, earning her Diplomate in Homeopathy from the Hahnemann College of Homeopathy in 1995. This allows her to treat the whole person — physically, mentally, emotionally.
Proper Nutrition, Herbs, Acupuncture, and Homeopathic remedies are the tools Dr. Boxer utilizes to allow the body to heal itself and find its way back to balance. She is dedicated to helping her patients find “Radiant Health and Well-Being.”

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