Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbs! I love working with herbs! Some conditions simply respond better to acupuncture when herbs are included in the treatment program. The concept is the same as using pharmaceuticals to balance or change the internal processes of our body, but herbal formulas are natural, plant and animal based products. So the benefits of herbs – no synthetics and thousands of years of clinic experience and development!

Your acupuncture appointment may or may not include herbal prescriptions. I also offer herb-only consultations for individuals interested in needle free treatments or for follow-up patients looking for a quick tune-up.

There are approximately 3,000 Chinese herbs. Because of the wide variety of single herbs and herbal formulas, it’s important to work with a practitioner like myself who is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine – meaning I did special coursework for an herbal education and passed a national board.  For the prescription of herbs in Minnesota this background is not a requirement, so I highly recommend seeking this education in any practitioner you choose to work with on herbs. It’s also important to note that this huge variety of herb can be utilized to treat a wide variety of individuals and symptoms.

What my practice can offer  you

My practice places importance on your personal health advocacy and collaboration on the creation of sustainable treatment plans, because let’s face it – there isn’t a magical one time fix – so I’m here to provide stepping stones to a happier, healthier, more calm and productive you.

I like to treat a variety of patients, but my expertise lies both in digestive health – let’s heal your gut – and in treating women from puberty through menstruation, fertility, sex health, pregnancy, post-natal and pediatric care, menopause and beyond.


My Training, Certifications, and Licensure

  • Masters of Oriental Medicine, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Dec 2015
    • Completion of over 3,000 hours of training (including 740 hours of supervised clinical experience) in Oriental medicine foundational theory, acupuncture point location, diagnostic analysis and treatment strategy, needling techniques, needling safety, medical asepsis and risk management, tui na massage, Chinese dietary therapy, Chinese herbal medicine, ethics and professionalism, Western anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, nutrition, and pharmacology.
  • Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)®, through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This is the highest level of national certification possible in the profession.
  • Clean Needle Technique (CNT) Certified, Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Licensed Acupuncturist in Minnesota, Minnesota Board of Medical Practice
  • Reiki Level I, Touch of Light Wellness, February 2016
  • Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training, Corepower Yoga and Yoga Alliance, 2010
  • Restorative Yoga Certification, Yess Yoga, June 2016

Emma Penelope Acupuncture

I HIGHLY recommend setting up an appointment with Emma. I had never experienced acupuncture before, and went into my appointment after fighting congestion for 2 weeks from a lingering cold. As soon as my introductory session with Emma ended, my sinuses cleared and I could breathe easily! Emma is incredibly knowledgeable and attentive, and created an environment of tranquility and healing. I will definitely be back!

Jennifer Pray


Emma Penelope Acupuncture

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