Inner Gate Therapeutics

Our Services

Inner Gate Therapeutics offers a number of therapies to our patients for a wide variety of illnesses and disorders. Let our practitioners create a plan of treatment that is right for you. We will usually recommend a combination of modalities including acupuncture, Chinese herbs, shiatsu, Thai massage and reiki to address your unique needs. Call us for an initial consultation and let us help you open the gate to wellness.



Anxiety and Depression
Life stress? Adrenal fatigue? There is help! Often anxiety and depression can be alleviated with herbal remedies, acupuncture and shiatsu. Strategies for coping with inevitable stress will be recommended. The therapies do not interfere with western drug therapy and may be administered concomitantly. Many times a reduction in the amount of prescribed medication can be achieved.

Cancer Support
The side effects of cancer treatment begin the day of the diagnosis. Stress management is the beginning of integrative care, but just as important is helping you through the physical side effects of treatment and boosting immunity throughout to speed recovery and minimize the chances of a recurrence. Research shows acupuncture, herbs and shiatsu can reduce or prevent side effects of chemo and radiation.

Digestive Disorders
Digestive disorders, such as IBS, Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, heartburn, can affect the quality of your life. Regulation of the GI system combined with herbs can improve or eliminate unpleasant symptoms.

Stress Management
Excessive stress has been called the "disease of the 21st century". Stress not only interferes with our relationships and makes us feel anxious, it has been linked to insomnia, chronic pain, heart attacks, digestive disorders and more. Stress-related issues are among the most common areas treated and benefited by our modalities. You can feel more self directed, calmer, more grounded and positive.

Women's Health
Fertility, PMS, menstrual irregularity respond well to acupuncture, herbs and shiatsu. Acupuncture and herbs have been shown to improve chances of becoming pregnant by 40 to 60 percent. Heavy or irregular or painful periods can be regulated with treatment, as well as other symptoms of PMS. If you are experiencing perimenopause or menopause, cool down the hot flashes, sleep better and eliminate irritability with our treatments which make physiologic changes smoother and more comfortable.



Chinese Herbs

Taking herbs daily increases the duration and depth of effectiveness of an acupuncture session. They represent a time-honored tradition of gently altering a patient’s condition to correct long standing diseases and disharmonies. They work to restore balance at the deepest levels. Herbal formulas may be prescribed as teapills, granules, or teas.

While traditional boiled herbs can have a very strong smell and taste, our granule pharmacy provides patients with a safe, convenient and much better tasting option. Many formulas contain ginger, cinnamon, cloves or mint. Most patients actually enjoy taking their herbs, especially because of the feeling of wellness they bring about.

Our practitioners are trained in the safe use of herbal medicines both alone and in the presence of biomedical drugs. Our integrative training includes a Master’s of Science degree, with extensive training in pharmacology, physiology, and biochemistry, as well as traditional uses and modern understandings of our traditional pharmacopia. We participate in continuing education events and reading to maintain an up-to-the-moment perspective on these ancient and time-tested therapies.




Qigong offers powerful support, whether the goal is transforming life circumstances, easing transitions, or fighting serious diseases. For more than 2,000 years, the Chinese have practiced Qigong as exercise, as meditation, and as a cure for all diseases. Qigong resonates with the vibrations of cosmic and natural events: the dance of the galaxies, the changing of the seasons, the waxing and waning of day and night. Our life processes are governed by the same laws. The internal realization of this correspondence holds the key to health and enlightenment.

We offer one-on-one, private Qigong instruction. The program of practice is customized to the needs of the individual student. Many students have expressed a deep appreciation for their learning, and are willing to share their experiences. Ask to speak with one if you are seriously considering this adventure.



Massage, Bodywork

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of encouraging healing. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and well-being. Treatments are usually one hour in length. It is done fully clothed on a massage table.


Thai Massage

Shiatsu and Thai Massage are forms of clothed therapeutic bodywork based on principles of traditional Asian health maintenance which views our physical, intellectual and emotional life as a unified whole. Both types of bodywork are based on a respect for the positive life force in all beings, within which there is the possibility for growth and renewal. Both modalities promote circulation and regulation of the body's systems and nourish the organs, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and nervous systems. Both promote emotional growth, relieve stress and increase mobility and vitality.

Techniques are selected based on the individual's needs and goals. Shiatsu and Thai Massage may include gentle or deep compression, massage, acupressure, stretches and joint rotations. Shiatsu focuses on meridian energy flow, while Thai Massage includes assisted yoga-like postures. Each form stands on its own or can be combined. Additionally, exercises may be suggested to do at home to enhance the benefits of your treatment.

With either form, the practitioner is continuously mindful of the receiver's comfort. Fluidity, rhythm, focus, quality of touch and sensitivity are primary. After a session, the receiver feels lighter, more grounded, and both relaxed and energized.



Emotional Well-Being

Focus and Mental Clarity
Brain fog is a common affliction that is treatable. Concentration and memory can be improved.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SADs)
Get through the dark days of winter with a little help from acupuncture or shiatsu. We can help your system to perk up and see the light at the end of the tunnel.



Internal Disorders

Allergies, Colds, Flu
Boost immunity to prevent infections and hasten recovery when affected.

Autoimmune Disorders and Chronic Illness
Those with autoimmune disorders and other forms of chronic illness can benefit from our treatments, which can reduce symptoms, increase circulation, encourage mobility and support your sense of self.

Men's Health
Prostate health, erectile dysfunction, medications, stress, psychological and emotional issues can stress the sexual system. Chinese medicine alone can treat or compliment other western therapies for health concerns specific to men.



Pain Management

Chronic Pain
Back pain, headaches, frozen shoulder, sciatica, arthritis, general aches and pains, etc., will be addressed with techniques that encourage your body to let go of holding patterns, stimulate the flow of energy and nutrients, promote the release of cellular waste, create a state of relaxation and free you of pain.

Sports Injuries
Many common sports injuries, tendinitis, low back and knee pain, strained muscles can be healed more completely and quickly with acupuncture, shiatsu or thai massage. Our treatments stimulate circulation and the healing process, and can work directly to increase your range of motion, balance and flexibility to help prevent further injuries.



Special Services

Facial Rejuvenation
The state of the spirit is reflected in the face. With a simple protocol, fine lines and wrinkles disappear, no need for botox and restylene. Treat yourself to a series of acupuncture sessions that can have you looking your absolute best.

Surgical Support
We work to boost immunity before a surgery, and boost recovery afterward. Our services can help alleviate pain and treat post-operative symptoms such as nausea, constipation and fatigue.





From Our Patients

"Thank you for becoming someone who is helping to heal me. I appreciate your talents and joy."

"Thank you — it was quite the experience! My Mom has always raved about her treatments here and now I know why...I’ll never let her come without me again!"

"I felt an expansiveness in my spirit that seemed to connect me to everything."


Miriam Tamara Derman

Marsha Warren

Lok-Kwan Cheng