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Our Covid 19 Formulas

1) Lung Qi Formula:

This Classical formula has been used for over 2000 years to strengthen and restore lung health and is a formula that we normally incorporate into larger more specific tailored formulas for our patients. In its stand-alone form, this formula has been effectively used to prevent symptoms in the hospital staff during the current outbreak in a hospital in China. We are offering this formula to as many people as possible as we feel this is most effective and most affordable herbal formula people can use in the current environment.

This formula is available to anyone.  The cost is $50 for a 10 day supply for an adult.

2) “Triage” Kit:

This kit contains the three most important formulas that match the symptoms of the current outbreak. These formulas have been part of the core strategies for first-line defense against epidemics for 2000 years. We selected these formulas as the ones your family will most likely need in the critical first hours aft the onset of symptoms. Based on our experience treating during the H1N1 outbreak in 2009 as well as the experiences with our colleagues in Asia and the United States treating these symptoms.  

This kit is only available to current patients. If you would like to become a patient and receive our “Triage” Kit, please click to become a patient.  

The cost of each kit is $60.

If a patient with the Triage Kit shows symptoms, follow these directions:

The "Triage" Kit contains three formulas with enough herbs to start treatment until you can contact your Primary Health Provider, then call Red Earth immediatly so we can continue to monitor your situation.

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The Role of the Classical Method

As a values driven clinic, all of our decisions are passed through the filter of how can we best fulfill our mission, which is: We exist to assist our patient’s natural ability to heal. Imbedded in this value is our promise to always put the patient’s best interest above the clinic. Please know that this is the standard that we are applying as we move forward into territory that is, for most Americans alive today, uncharted.  

I want to take a moment to provide you a quick update on information significant to your health and safety, discuss with you the role our Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic plays in our current environment, and, most importantly, discuss with everyone our plans going forward.

First, a quick summary and update of the information we are tracking and feel is relevant based on the current data we have:

Next, I want to talk about disease progression in terms of Classical Chinese Medicine and what we know about the progression in the body.

Early onset symptoms for people testing positive for Covid19 follow the symptom/disease progression that we have experienced before. In a prior letter (link), we discussed the Taiyang – First Stage- from a self-care perspective. From the Taiyang, there is a systematic progression of disease into the lungs. The main strategy is to minimize the possibility of the virus settling in the lungs by keeping the lung physiology balanced.

As you know, the clinic does not treat the virus, but the body’s response to any pathogen. The closest analogue we have in terms of symptoms is the H1N1 outbreak in 2009. In 2009, I was just beginning to treat in the Classical Method herbal lineage that I practice today. This outbreak was my first opportunity to see these formulas in action on patients with a high fever and a serious cough. Patients responded exceptionally well and quicker than with the antivirals and antibiotics that they were being prescribed. The formulas used were ones that had been used continuously for over 1500 years and would have been the exact same formulas that Dr. Tian (who we mentioned here) used to treat the Spanish Flu when he was alive in 1918. As we mentioned in an earlier letter, this was believed to be a similar influenza strain to the one we dealt with in 2009. It was the effectiveness of the treatments with influenza at this time that caused me to begin mastering this older system.

After looking at the disease progression through the lens of Modern Medicine and Chinese Medicine and the work those who have used Classical Method in this current epidemic, I am confident was can effectively help keep many people out of the hospital and significantly minimize the impact if people get sick, though the 2009 and 2020 outbreaks are different and will require a different strategy.

To answer how and why the strategy will be different from 2009, I want to share with you the work of one of one hospital in China. This hospital used the Classical Method to keep its staff of over 1000 medical staff healthy while they treated the outbreak. Using our Classical Method formulas, none of his staff became infected. The hospital, I later learned, had consulted with and used the protocol of the first student of my first Classical Method teacher (who is now deceased). First, they put every hospital employee on herbs to keep them healthy, whether they were experiencing symptoms or not, then they employed formulas specific to the progression of disease, just like we do in the clinic.   

Based, in part, on this hospitals experience, I am convinced that, if we treat early and effectively according to our system of Classical Chinese medicine, we have the potential to help keep many people healthy and minimizing the damage from this outbreak. The key is to keep the disease out of the lungs and to treat swiftly to minimize the chance of developing permanent lung fibrosis.

Because of the extreme amount of uncertainty in the time ahead, we are taking steps to assure that, even if it is not possible to see patients in person (please know that we will make every effort to prevent that), our patients have the ability to respond quickly if you or a loved one falls sick. Here is our strategy:

Phase I: Lung Qi Formula:

We will be offering the herbal formula to anyone who wants it. Availability projected to be late this week. As you know, we normally do not offer formulas without a consult; however, given the circumstances, we feel comfortable doing this because of the real-world results in China.

Phase II: Triage Kit:

We will be offering a triage kit with the formulas we deem most likely to effectively combat this epidemic, depending on the different ways the symptoms present and progress. It is my understanding that, like our experience with H1N1, if the patient is treated quickly with the right strategies the symptoms will not become severe and the likelihood of requiring hospitalization is significantly minimized.  

The Triage Kit will only be available to patients and their families. Please let us know if you are interested so we can try to estimate demand.

One note on this, we have always considered herbal therapies to be an extension of our services and not a product to be sold in and of themselves. Thus, our kits will come vacuum-sealed. If your kit is never opened, you may return it to our clinic in exchange for clinic services in the future.

Our mission, through this difficult time, is to be of service to our community and create a win-win for everyone. This will help assure that Red Earth can remain in business as well as allow us to effectively treat our patients in the face of a fast-moving epidemic.


Please remember: nothing in this article is intended to suggest that people concerned about exposure to Covid 19, or are exhibiting cold or flu like symptoms, should not immediately contact your primary care physician, your local hospital or the Center for Disease Control (CDC).  The scope of our practice does not include diagnosing or treating a Western Medicine disease, such as a virus or Covid 19. As always, our medicine focuses on the patient’s body and not on the specific pathogen as identified by Western Medicine.

For additional information about COVID 19, please contact the World Health Organization (WHO), the CDC and/or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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2019 Retrospective

As we mark our 11th year effectiveness the clinic opened, I can say that I have never been so grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to work with such wonderful patents. We have patients now that have literally been with us for the entire 11-year journey.


During the Thanksgiving break, I travelled with my son Ethan to visit schools in Japan, where he has decided he wants to study after High School. This trip involved direct parental involvement for the first half and some strategically placed neglect during the second half. After our school tours were done, I left Ethan and his friend to their own devices and headed to Northern Japan to study with my teacher. The goal was to be close — just in case the boys got in trouble — but no so close that they couldn’t get a feel of what it’s like being on one’s own in another country. The trip was a huge success and Ethan came back with a renewed sense of confidence and enthusiasm in his choice to study abroad. Reflecting on the trip, I am reminded of the countless conversations I have had with patients over the years where information, tips nuances and painful parental failures were shared making mental notes as needed. Locked in these moments were countless nuggets of wisdom that formed a library of parenting tips and advice that I have had available to me over the years at those critical parenting moments. To all of you who shared — Thank you!

The second part of my trip marked the first time I had stepped foot in my acupuncture teacher, Iwashina Sensei’s, clinic since I set up shop in Peachtree City in 2008. Though I have continued to study and assist him practically every year during his seminars in Oregon, California and more recently in Texas, there is nothing like observing a master in his own workshop. In 2008, I remember watching him treat and saying to myself “I am not leaving (Japan) until I master such and such a technique.” Ten years and 14,000 plus treatments later, I can honestly say, I am well on the way. As powerful and impactful as the techniques I witnessed were in 2008, it pales in comparison to what I observed this time around. If the last experience was marked by awe of the techniques, this go-around was marked by awe at the complete lack of specific techniques. My teacher was just treating each person at their root, and they were getting better.

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We want your feedback

It is very important to us that you have a positive, pleasant experience with our team, from the time you contact the clinic for an appointment and with every interaction you have with us. Please take just a few minutes to answer 5 quick questions to help us pin point opportunities for continued improvement that will allow us serve you better.  Thank you!

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You are Invited!

September 20, 2016
3:00 – 7:00 pm

You are invited to the Fayette Co. Chamber of Commerce Expo. Red Earth Acupuncture will have a booth at the Expo and David and Rawls will be there to answer any questions you might have about our practice. We encourage you to bring friends and family who have health issues and want to learn how Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help restore their ability to heal naturally. The Expo will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church South Campus on Hwy 74 South with over 100 local companies participating. It is completely free and open to the public. We'll have some cool freebies at our booth and a giveaway valued at $50. For more information, visit the Chamber of Commerce Website: . Hope to see you there!   

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New Faces at the Clinic


Many of you have probably had a chance to meet Sarah by now (that's her on the left). Sarah joined us earlier this year in anticipation of Christine going on maternity leave and has been a wonderful addition to the Red Earth Team. She is our Acupuncture Assistant and Receptionist and generally tries keeps us organized.  

Most recently we've been blessed to have two wonderful volunteers helping us out at the reception desk part time. Carol and Ann have truly gone above and beyond to help out and we are very grateful to have them working with us.   

It's these folks who manage all of those little things that keep the clinic running smoothly and allow our Acupuncturists to focus on providing high quality care for our patients.  Thank you!!  

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Acupuncture for Veterans

Red Earth Acupuncturist, Rawls Whittlesey, has recently started volunteering with the Atlanta Veterans' Acupuncture Clinic in Atlanta.  This is a FREE clinic for Veterans, Active Military and their families.  Acupuncture is currently being investigated by the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. as a viable treatment for PTSD in returning veterans.  The military has also started using acupuncture in the battlefield to help with pain. Acupuncture treatments are offered in a group setting, with participants sitting quietly together. Everyone receives the same treatment which consists of 5 points in the ears.   Some of the benefits include:

Improved mental clarity, concentration and memory
Decreased nightmares, hyper-vigilance and flashbacks
Reduced anxiety and irritability
More restful sleep
Increased energy

If you or someone you know is a Veteran, Active Military or one of their family members, please share this information with them.  Clinics are held each Monday night at 6:00 - 7:00 pm, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10:00 - 11:00 am at the Church of the Epiphany on Ponce de Leon in Decatur. For more information visit the website 

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Happy Thanksgiving!


We give thanks for our patients every day of the week, and at this time of year we reflect back on how blessed we are to be entrusted to provide our services to you. At the clinic, we frequently discuss what a pleasure it is to work with our patients and how thankful we are to have been trained in such an amazing medicine. We delight when our patients show progress, and we see difficult cases as an enjoyable challenge. We love every aspect of what we do and thank you for allowing us to serve your health care needs! As you enjoy your Thanksgiving holidays with family and friends, know that we are grateful that you are a part of our community.  

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