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.

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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



Summary of Current Research and Medical Standards Supporting Acupuncture

A comprehensive study commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs found acupuncture to have a positive effect in the treatment chronic pain, migraine and tension headache.
The same study found a potentially positive effect in dysmenorrhea, cancer pain, labor pain, insomnia, post-operative nausea and vomit, depression, and smoking cessation.

Acupuncture outperforms placebo in relieving the most common types of chronic pain: headache, low back, neck, shoulder and knee pain.
Acupuncture significantly outperforms standard care in headache, low back, neck, and knee pain.
Acupuncture is superior to most forms of physical therapy in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.
Acupuncture can reduce the risk of nausea and vomiting after surgery, with minimal side effects.
In a prospective study involving 229,230 patients, acupuncture was found to be a relatively safe treatment with a low risk of serious side effects.
The American College of Physicians and American Pain Society recommend acupuncture as a second-line therapy for chronic low back pain.
The American College of Chest Physicians recommends acupuncture for cancer patients when pain, nausea, vomiting, or other side effects of chemotherapy are poorly controlled.
The Joint Commission includes acupuncture as one of the non-pharmacological strategies that has a role in pain management in hospitals, nursing homes, and outpatient care.


Hempel S, Taylor SL, Solloway M, et al. Evidence Map of Acupuncgture. VAE-ESP Project #05-226; 2013.

Vickers AJ, Cronin AM, Mascino AC, et al. Acupuncture for Chronic Pain: Individual Patient Data Meta-analysis. Arch Intern Med. 2012 Sep 10:1-10.


Corbett MS, Rice SJC, Madurasinghe, et al. Acupuncture and Other Physical Treatments for the Relief of Pain Due to Osteoarthritis of the Knee: Network Meta-analysis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2013 Sep;21(9):1290-8.

Lee A, Fan LTY. Stimulation of the wrist acupuncture point P6 for preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. Cochrane […]

Top 10 Cold & Flu Herbal Formulas For Your Family

1. Isatis Root Granule (Ban Lan Gen) Tea
“Preventative For Exposure to the Common Cold and Flu Tea”
Use: Take as prevention and during the initial onset of the cold & flu.

2. Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan Pills
“Initial Onset of Cold and Flu Symptoms Formula”
Use: Body aches, cough, fever, headache and sore throat due to colds, flu and respiratory infections.

3. Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan Pills
“Stomach Flu Formula”
Use: Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, food poisoning, nausea and vomiting.

4. Golden Jin Sang Zi Hou Pian Lozenges
“Golden Throat Lozenges”
Use: For sore throat with pain, dry throat, or for weak voice due to overuse.

5. Viola Clear Fire Formula
“Infection Formula”
Use: Strep throat, pneumonia, respiratory infection, tonsillitis, laryngitis, etc.

6. Xanthium Nasal Formula
“Sinus Infection Formula”
Use: Nasal pressure, congestion, yellow or green discharge and pain due to acute sinus infection.

7. Jade Screen and Xanthium Formula
“Chronic Allergies Formula”
Use: Chronic allergies, sinus congestion, nasal discharge, sinus pain and sore throat.

8. Children’s Ear Formula
“Ear Infection Formula”
Use: Ear infections in both infants and children under 6 years old. This is an alternative to antibiotics.

9. Fritillaria and Pinellia Syrup
“Sore Throat and Cough Syrup”
Use: Cough, chest fullness, phlegm and sore throat.

10. Silver Bee Rinse
“Throat and Mouth Rinse”
Use: Take for sore throats and mouth sores.

Pam and Brian

2014-15 Wellness Kits

This year’s wellness kits will be ready for purchase by mid-October!!!

Individual herbal formulas are already here. For a list of formulas, please look below!

While living and studying in China, Pam and myself were amazed that health and preventive medicine was deeply rooted in the Chinese culture. In fact, many of our friends and colleagues were intimately familiar with many common herbal remedies to treat the common cold and flu. It seemed like everyone knew that when they felt the “gan mao” or “common cold” coming on, they know exactly what to take and what to do. It was just normal part of life. We often heard simple recommendations that we even pass on today in our clinic like: have a sore throat, drink lots of water, or have body aches, chills and fever, go sleep. And all over the city, grocery stores and pharmacies would have large bins of various herbs and teas for sale specifically for the season. This was our inspiration to provide wellness kits for our patients and the public. It is to provide everyone the necessary herbs and information to fight and prevent colds and flu at home and before it becomes a problem.

Our Wellness Kits contain many common teas and formulas to help fight and prevent illness during the upcoming cold and flu months.

1. Isatis Root Granule (Ban Lan Gen) Tea
“Preventative For Exposure to the Common Cold and Flu Tea”
Use: Take as prevention and during the initial onset of the cold & flu.
2. Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan Pills
“Initial Onset of Cold and Flu Symptoms Formula”
Use: Body aches, cough, fever, headache and sore throat due to colds, flu and respiratory infections.
3. Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan Pills
“Stomach Flu Formula”
Use: […]

Happy Birthday to Sun Acupuncture

Dear Patients, Friends, Contributors, Supporters, and Family Members,

We sincerely thank each and everyone of you from the depths of our hearts for truly making our acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and shiatsu-tuina bodywork clinic a success.
We will keep striving with all of our heart and dedicated efforts to give each and every patient that walks through our door the best care we possibly can. Through our dedicated research, study, and training efforts, we will continuously improve our expertise and skills and bring even better healthcare to those who seek our services.

Thank You!!!
Pam and Brian Grosam

Patient Incentives: October-November

Here’s our current patient incentives we are offering at Sun Acupuncture!

Pam and Brian