Better Sleep!

Let’s face it, sleep is what most of us enjoy and look forward to after a day of hard work. Curling up in a comfortable bed and sleeping is a daily ritual. Everyone needs quality sleep too, not only because it is amazing, but also it is beneficial for our overall physical and emotional health. So when we cannot fall asleep easily, or we are waking at night, or simply waking early without getting enough sleep, these patterns over time will influence our wellbeing.
Many of you who’ve been in to our clinic know I will always ask you about your sleep, whether you are having trouble in any of the abovementioned categories. In Chinese medicine, we look for the root cause of our health issues and often times there is a simple solution. Our example here is sleep: Why are you not sleeping well? Stress, overthinking, working long hours, digestion, exercise routine or lack thereof, diet, and so on, are the first places to look for the disharmony and can often be remedied in a short period of time.
You may be wondering, “but what about more complex issues, such as hormone imbalances, women’s issues, disease, pharmaceuticals, acute or chronic pain, or other long standing problems?” Insomnia and trouble sleeping caused by these issues, although seemingly more complex, are still treatable.
The treatment of sleep issues is not difficult, but does take some time for some people. Trust me though we can help you. The use of acupuncture can help on many levels. It will retrain your brain and regulate neurochemicals, relax the body and muscles, and overall balance all of the body systems. Separate or in conjunction with acupuncture, herbal formulas too, help support the […]

Stop Acid Reflux and Heartburn for Good

Pinellia Decoction to Drain the Epigastrium
Problems with chronic acid reflux and heartburn? You’ve tried modifying your diet and still have problems? Cannot seem to be able to quite over the counter medications to help the problem?

The answer is in this formula: Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang! It is a classical Chinese herbal formula to help treat heartburn and acid reflux. It works so well with so many patients, that many are able to stop OTC medications all together and even add some of their favorite foods back into their diet.

Below is how it works based on Chinese Medicine. It may not make sense at all to you, but once you try the formula you will see the difference.

Actions: Harmonize the stomach to lower rising Qi, open the stagnancy & dissipate obstruction.

Indications: Disharmony of stomach Qi. *Due to cold/heat complex or improper purging of half interior, half exterior pattern with stomach deficiency. (Purging aggravates the stomach deficiency to cause pathogen to go deeper).

Herbs in Formula:

Ban Xia 9g (monarch): Pungent & bitter enter stomach channel, disperse clumps, stops nausea, vomiting or heartburn & eliminates focal distention.

Gan Jiang 6g (adjuvant): Pungent & warm expel cold.

Huang Qin 6g (adjuvant): Bitter & cold drain heat.

Huang Lian 3g (adjuvant): Bitter & cold drain heat.

Ren Shen 6g (assistant): Benefit the middle jiao & prevent the dispersing action of other herbs to injure normal Qi. Helps Ban Xia to stop vomiting.

Da Zao 4 pieces (assistant): Same as Ren Shen.

Zhi Gan Cao 6g (guiding): Help tonify middle Qi & harmonize herbs.


*Focal distention: A localized sensation of discomfort, blockage & distension.

*Clumping in the epigastrium: Produce a sensation of fullness. Soft, no mass or hardness.

*Slight pain or no pain.

*Cold-heat complex:

Excess & deficiency brought by clumping & […]

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Prenatal Vitamins

Besides a sound, well-balanced, and clean diet, proper exercise, rest, and mind/body balance, vitamins are a necessary requirement for women wishing to conceive and who are already pregnant.

Optimal intake of: Zinc, selenium, manganese, potassium, magnesium, iron, iodine, calcium, chromium, boron, vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, folic acid, and essential fatty acids are essential.

Most OTC prenatal vitamins have these essential components, however, choosing the best one for you can be overwhelming. I suggest visiting a local co-op or natural food store to purchase vitamins in general. The quality and manufacturing can be more trustworthy. The downfall is they may be more expensive, but it’s good to spend for quality when it comes to healthy babies.

The three main prenatal vitamin lines sold in our area are: Rainbow Light, New Chapter, and Garden of Life Vitamin Code. Within these lines they do have sub-brands or specialty brands of prenatal vitamins. We cannot discuss all of the subtleties here today.

Here are four important factors to consider:

Are you looking for any of the following: Untreated and unadulterated, organic, 100% natural, free of preservative & additives, fillers, binders, colors, flavors, and sweeteners, and free of gluten, soy, dairy/lactose, yeast, eggs, nuts, fish or shellfish or 100% vegetarian.

What additional components are you seeking? Many prenatal vitamin lines include many helpful herbs and supplements to their formulas including: Antioxidants, enzymes, fruits, vegetables, and other western and eastern medicinal herbal products.

Manufacturing Practices: Purity, certified organic, allergen free, high packaging standards.

How well does your body handles the vitamins? If your digestion becomes disrupted from prenatal vitamins, including gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, nausea or morning sickness, you can try taking them on a full stomach, try a different time of day, or switch brands. You should […]

Effective Treatment Protocols

• Understand your patient!
• Understand the symptoms!
• Understand the severity!
• Understand the effectiveness of your treatments!
“50% – 20% – 20% – 10%” Rule
• 50%: Patients will naturally respond to acupuncture treatments with full efficacy results.
• 20%: Patients will respond slower and more gradual and will need acupuncture prescription modifications.
• 20%: Patients will need long treatment courses, herbs, and lifestyle changes.
• 10%: Patients will not respond to Chinese medicine.

“Mild – Moderate – Severe” Rule
1.) Quantity: based on severity and duration of symptoms:
• Mild Conditions: (3-6 Tx).
• Moderate Conditions: (6-12 Tx).
• Severe Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).
• Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (3-12 Tx).
• Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (12-24+ Tx).
2.) Frequency: based on severity and duration of symptoms:
• Mild Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).
• Moderate Conditions: (1-2 Tx/wk).
• Severe Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
• Short Duration/Acute Conditions: (2 Tx/wk).
• Long Duration/Chronic Conditions: (1 Tx/wk).
3.) Every individual person is different.
• Every individual will respond uniquely to acupuncture based on your particular lifestyle, diet, exercise, work, and sleep habits.
• Emotional, environmental and genetic factors will also play a role and are a necessary consideration.

Treatment Schedule
1.) Set up acupuncture protocol based on diagnosis.
2.) Give the patient a predetermined set amount of treatments based on severity.
3.) Continue treatments if there are changes in: Severity, Duration, or Frequency of symptoms.
4.) If there are no changes, modify acupuncture prescription and repeat.
5.) Once the patient’s symptoms are manageable and controlled (within quality of life parameters), start spacing out the treatments or start maintenance treatments.
6.) If there are no changes after set amount of treatments, add herbal prescriptions and suggest lifestyle modifications.

“Constant changing of […]

Cold & Flu Tea

The famous Ban Lan Gen Tea is flying off the shelves!!! People are buying it left and right to help beat the cold and flu season.

Ban Lan Gen or Isatis Root (Radix Isatidis seu Baphicaconthi) has these specific functions:

Clear exterior wind heat: #1 herb to treat viral infections including rapid high fever, sore throat, etc.

For more information on the herb, please visit these two sites: Chinese Herbs Healing and WebMD.

Be proactive and stop in now to purchase your tea. You’ll be glad you did when you beat your cold in 1 day versus living with it for two weeks!

Wellness Consults

Sun Acupuncture welcomes Jen Springer to our clinic. She is offering the following services:
Nutrition Consult Full Session: Initial consultation focuses on food choices, endocrine health, hormone balance, mental wellness, efficient digestion, and other client concerns.  Dietary education and suggested nutrition supplementation are how issues are addressed.
Psych K Full Session: Gentle and powerful technique that helps the client find balance and harmony in every area of his or her life.  If you have blocks that are keeping you stuck, Psych K is a perfect consideration to help you move forward.
Jen Springer is an environmental scientist, massage therapist, nutrition diva and loves solving problems where most people feel there is no answer. Early in her career, Jen was an EPA and OSHA compliance officer. When frustrated with corporate life, she looked for options that would challenge her and where she could make a difference in the world.  Since 2001 she has been fully immersed in guiding people to better health in all aspects of their life.  Want to see her face light up?  Talk to her about fixing thyroids, training horses, how to live green, or cooking with REAL FOOD gourmet style! 
Education: A.S. Massage Therapy, B.S. Environmental Science, M.S. Holistic Nutrition plus countless continuing education seminars and workshops.


2016 New Therapies, Classes, and Prices

Hello Sun Acupuncture Patients!

As you know, at Sun Acupuncture we have always gone above and beyond to provide outstanding acupuncture and shiatsu massage services for you and your loved ones. We enjoy sharing our expertise with you and nothing makes us happier than seeing a satisfied smile on your face when you’re done receiving a treatment. This is why we continue to work so diligently to be the best in our field and why we entered the healing arts to begin with.

New Therapies

We are very excited to offer you some new services in 2016!  Pam will be adding Raindrop Therapy and a Healthy Ear Therapy to her already list of fabulous treatments! Look for details to be released very soon!


We will continue offering Tai Chi, Qigong, and Yoga classes in 2016 and will be expanding our classes as well. Watch for all the exciting opportunities we have coming in the New Year!

As of January 1st, 2016 we are raising the rates for some of our clinical services.

The 2016 changes will affect the following prices:

•  Initial acupuncture consultations:  $105.00

•  Returning follow-up acupuncture visits: $85.00

•  Combination treatment initial visit: $130.00

•  Combination treatment returning visit: $110.00

•  Cupping therapy: $45.00.


Thank you so much!

Brian and Pam Grosam

Sun Acupuncture

10912 Greenbrier Road

Minnetonka, MN 55305


The Acupuncturist Medical Oath

Sun Si Miao (581-682):
As a Physician of Traditional Chinese Medicine:• I shall look upon those who are in grief, as if I myself have been struck and I shall sympathize with them deep in my heart.• I will not give way to wishes and desires but develop first a marked attitude of compassion• I shall not ponder over my own fortune or misfortune and thus preserve life and have compassion for it.• Whoever suffers from disease and illness will be looked upon with contempt by people. I shall maintain an attitude of compassion, of sympathy, and of care. In no way shall arise an attitude of rejection.• I shall treat all patients alike, whether powerful or humble, rich or poor, old or young, beautiful or ugly, resentful relatives or kind friends, Chinese nationals or foreigners, fools or wise men.• I shall not emphasize my own reputation, and belittle the rest of physicians while praising my own virtue.• Neither dangerous mountain passes, nor the time of day, neither weather conditions nor hunger, thirst nor fatigue shall keep me from helping wholeheartedly.With this oath, I shall fulfill my responsibilities and my destiny as a physician to each and every patient who seeks help from me, until I am no longer capable of fulfilling my obligations, or until the end of this lifetime.