What is Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese Herbal Medicine, along with the other components of Chinese medicine (such as acupuncture) is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang. It aims to understand and treat the many ways in which the fundamental balance and harmony between the two may be undermined and the ways in which a person’s Qi or vitality may be depleted or blocked. Clinical strategies applied by our TCM practitioner Carey Velenchenko are based upon diagnosis of patterns of signs and symptoms that reflect an imbalance. However, the tradition as a whole places great emphasis on lifestyle management in order to prevent disease before it occurs. Chinese medicine recognizes that health is more than just the absence of disease and it has a unique capacity to maintain and enhance our capacity for well being and happiness.

What can Chinese Herbal Medicine treat?

Chinese Herbal Medicine has a role to play in the treatment of the following conditions:

– Skin disease, including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, urticaria
– Gastro-intestinal disorders, including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, ulcerative colitis
– Gynaecological conditions, including pre-menstrual syndrome and dysmenorrhoea, endometriosis, infertility
– Hepatitis: some promising results have been obtained for treatment of Hepatitis C
– Chronic fatigue syndromes, whether with a background of viral infection or in other situations
– Respiratory conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, and chronic coughs, allergic and perennial rhinitis and sinusitis
– Rheumatological conditions (e.g. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
– Urinary conditions including chronic cystitis
-Psychological problems (e.g. depression, anxiety).

Many of these conditions, especially in their chronic forms, create great difficulty for conventional medicine, whilst Chinese Herbal Medicine has a great deal to offer. The results that can be expected and how long a patient will have to take the herbs for will depend on the severity of the condition, its duration, and the general health of the patient.

Who can use Chinese Herbal Medicine?

Chinese medicine can be used by people of any age or constitution. Our experienced practitioners will take any previous or current illness or medication into account before prescribing herbs to you, with adjustments for dosage and any provisions she deems fit. Children and pregnant women can also very well be treated by Chinese medicine.

Chinese Herbal Medicine at Sunu


Carey Velenchenko, Acupuncturist, Master of Oriental Medicine (Minnetonka)

Carey Velenchenko is Sunu’s Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner, practicing Acupuncture, Cupping, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has had 15 years of experience treating clients in a wide variety of settings including: private practice, total wellness, and adolescent and adult residential programming for the treatment of eating disorders. Carey’s experience has given her the necessary tools and wisdom to treat a wide variety of conditions and symptoms including but not limited to depression, anxiety, digestive issues, pain and injuries, menstrual irregularities, fertility, auto-immune disorders, headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and menopausal discomfort.

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Cassie Warren, Acupuncturist, Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Linden Hills)

Cassie Warren, AcupuncturistCassie Warren is a board licensed acupuncturist. She obtained her master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, with specialized training at Being Alive, a clinic dedicated to patients with HIV. Cassie has worked in clinical settings ranging from community acupuncture to private practice. With such a wide range of clinics, she has treated all types of ailments – pain (chronic and acute), digestion issues, fertility, insomnia, menopausal symptoms, headaches, frozen shoulder, to name a few.

She is a dedicated practitioner and believes in the combination of both eastern and western practices to give the highest quality care and achieve the best results for her patients.

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