Placerville Herbal Medicine


Placerville herbal medicine clinic is located right on Placerville Dr. in the heart of Placerville, CA. This organic herbal medicine apothecary in Placerville is run by licensed herbalist Alex Tuggle L.Ac., a second generation Chinese herbalist and Acupuncturist, raised since childhood using herbs for the treatment of all sorts of ailments and conditions, such as:

  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Fertility issues
  • Acute or chronic pain
  • Cold and Flu
  • Liver Detoxification support
  • Respiratory conditions: Asthma, wheezing, bronchitis, chronic cough
  • Allergies
  • Sinus infections
  • Skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis, ringworm, fungal infections
  • HIV/AIDS: lowered immunity, chronic infections
  • Cancer
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Weight loss
  • Thyroid support
  • Adrenal Stress Reduction
  • Regulating Cortisol
  • Progesterone, Estrogen, and Testosterone hormone support
  • Digestive disorders: Colitis, IBS, Malabsorption, Bloating, Constipation, Diarrhea, Dysbiosis
  • Parasites
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Menopause
  • Woman's Health: Menstrual cramps, PMS, PCOS, Uterine fibroids
  • Hormonal Balancing
  • ….and many more health issues can be addressed using Chinese herbs, Western herbs, Ayurvedic and Adaptogenic herbs


    (530) 405-2530


    Chinese herbal medicine has been around for thousands of years and is used to treat virtually every known illness and health condition that you may need help with herbal medicine in Placerville. The full Chinese herbal Materia Medica contains over 5,000 different herbs, plants, roots, minerals, shells, seeds, and other natural herbs found in nature.

    Chinese herbal medicine has a distinct method of selecting and combining herbs together into an individualized herbal formula, which treats both the symptoms and also the underlying factors which are creating the imbalances that caused the disease or symptom.

    My Chinese herbal medicine clinic in Placerville, CA is fully stocked with Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic herbs in Raw form, Pill, or Powder form.

    I source my herbs from the highest quality brands and importers of Chinese herbs that are lab-tested for Pesticides and toxic heavy metals. I obtain my herbs from suppliers that grow their herbs in remote locations free from contaminated soils and pollutants. Many of the Chinese herbs in my herbal pharmacy are Certified Organic as much as possible, and all of my herbs are Pesticide-free.

    • Osteo-arthritis
    • Infertility and low sperm count
    • Liver toxicity: hepatitis, cholecystitis (Gallbladder pain)
    • Chronic Insomnia
    • Emotional imbalances
    • Menstrual pains and Irregular periods
    • Childhood Conditions: developmental delays, ADHD, panic disorders, Childhood asthma, Autistic spectrum disorders
    • Age-related conditions: poor memory, loss of balance, fatigue, prostate enlargement,poor vision, hearing, hair loss
    • Menopause: hormonal imbalances, night sweats, palpitations, insomnia, rapid heart rate, mood swings
    • Integrative Oncology: breast cancer, thyroid cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, skin cancer, benign tumors and fatty tumors
    • fibroids, cysts, endometriosis, PCOS, Pelvic inflammatory disease
    • UTI's, kidney stones, blocked ureter, difficulty urinating
    • Digestive issues: Candidiasis, dysbiosis, gastric ulcer, Crohn's disease, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Disease, Poor absorption, malnutrition, Indigestion, Low digestive enzyme production, Pancreatitis, H. Pylori, Parasite infections, Amoebic dysentery, Giardia
    • Infectious Diseases: Cold and flu, Fever, Hepatitis C, HIV, Immune deficiency, Mono, AIDS, Streptococcus infection, Viral infections, Herpes simplex, genital herpes, STD's, staph infection, warts, Whooping cough
    • Respiratory conditions: Asthma, wheezing, COPD, chronic cough, dry cough, sinus congestion, sinusitis, bronchitis

    Chinese herbal formulas can be taken in various forms, such as:

    • Pills and Capsules
    • Powder which you dissolve in hot water
    • Tincture
    • Raw herbs

    Raw herbs are the strongest and most powerful way to ingest the healing properties of these medicinal herbs. Raw herbs have to be boiled in filtered water from 30 minutes to up to 2 hours depending on the herbal formula. One bag of raw herbs should last 2-3 days if you drink about 2-3 cups per day. I can customize the herbal formulas to your exact needs using raw herbs and they will give you the strongest results, you just need to make sure you cook and drink the herbs for them to work!

    Powders are not quite as effective as raw herbal formulas, however they are very convenient and easy to take. Just add about 1 tsp. of the powder formula to a cup of hot water, stir and drink

    Pills and Capsule form herbal formulas are very convenient and still very effective herbal medicine. I select very effective herbal formulas from high quality manufacturers and prescribe you the appropriate herbal treatment for your health condition.

    Taking herbs in pill and capsule form is very useful for chronic conditions or when you just don't have time for cooking and drinking your herbs. Pill form herbal formulas take a little longer to get the same results as the raw or powder form, however I prescribe the very strongest pill preparations on the market to my patients, so you will still be getting a very effective healing herbal medicine from my Placerville herbal clinic, no matter which form of herbs you choose is right for you.


    The longer you have a dis-ease or condition, the longer it will take to return you to balance. Chronic conditions usually contain an element of decreased energy with lowered immunity. These patients are generally diagnosed as having Qi, Blood, Yin, or Yang deficiency which equates to various stages of thyroid dysfunction and adrenal fatigue or burnout.

    Individuals who have low energy or Chronic conditions that haven't responded well to other types of treatment should first get a Hair Analysis Test to check for endocrine dysfunction leading to mineral imbalances that can block your metabolism, and result in toxins and heavy metals getting stuck in your thyroid, liver, brain, and other soft tissues.

    Hair Analysis interpretation can devise a treatment plan called Nutritional Balancing, which is one of the most effective methods of treating Adrenal Fatigue and Heavy metal toxicity.

    Chinese herbal supplements work great for this type of chronic condition because you need regular and consistent intake of Chinese herbs and nutritional supplements in order to get the best results.

    Chinese herbal formulas are extremely effective in boosting energy and treating a wide variety of ailments including:

    With Placerville Herbal Medicine!


    Treating Liver dysfunction is a huge factor to many chronic illnesses, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, digestive, anxiety and pain conditions. Liver Qi Stagnation is a condition described in TCM traditional Chinese medicine as the cause of 80% of all health conditions. If the Liver is blocked and not working properly, than the rest of the body will also become blocked and stagnant. This can cause chronic muscle tension, headaches, muscle spasms, poor digestion, abdominal cramping, menstrual cramps, irritability, mental agitation, sexual dysfunction, and is a precursor for many more serious diseases and illnesses. All pain has an element of energy and blood circulation disruption, aka Qi stagnation.

    All energy blockages disrupts the Liver, causing Liver Qi Stagnation. When the Liver is affected, the mind becomes stressed out and tense and then the whole body tenses up which in turn can cause even more pain and other disorders. The ligaments are governed by the Liver in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory, so this is why stress causes our muscles and ligaments to become tight and unflexible. Stretching, Yoga, and Qi Gong exercises are some of the best things a person can do to soothe the Liver and release stress which will help in the recovery of the many conditions and illnesses that may be due to Liver Qi stagnation.

    Chinese herbs may also be combined with high quality Nutritional supplements which aid the Liver Detoxification Phase I and Phase II, by helping to produce chelating proteins, Glutathione and Metallothionein, and also aiding in the production and release of bile, which eliminates the toxins from the body through the Colon.

    Please follow the following link to learn more about combining Western nutritional supplements with Chinese herbs for whole body cleansing:

    Chinese Herbs for the Common Cold

    Chinese herbal formulas are very effective for treating cold, flu, fever, and other infectious diseases. The Shang Han Lun is a classic Chinese Medical text which is one of the foundations for all Chinese herbal medicine. It translates to "Treatise on Cold Invasion". In essence this book is all about the treatment of externally contracted illness through proper diagnosis with Chinese herbal formulas to match each of the numerous types of cold and flu.

    Centuries later, the "Wen Bing" school of Warm Diseases wrote another classic on Chinese Herbal medicine regarding the treatment of Fevers and other "hot" types of infectious conditions such as Malaria and Typhoid fever which was more common in Southern China where it is much hotter.

    Herbal Consultations

    If you are interested in my health services and would like to receive a customized Herbal Medicine prescription for your particular needs please call me at (530) 405-2530 or alternately you can go to my Contact Page and type in the 'Leave a message' box that you would like to schedule a phone consultation and herbal prescription. I will get back to you in a timely manner to discuss your health concerns and discuss the treatment options that I can offer for your natural healing process.


    Are Chinese Herbs dangerous?

    Chinese herbs are more like super foods or nutritional supplements rather than dangerous prescription drugs since they have very few side effects and are very safe to use. Chinese herbs may have very minor side effects such as gas, bloating, loose stools or headaches but these can be avoided if you take your formula with your meals and follow the cooking instructions I give you. If you still are getting these minor side effects it's very easy for me to change and modify your formula to prevent any recurrence of the side effects.

    Chinese herbs are not addictive like many Western drugs. While it is very common for people to become dependent on prescription pain-killers, you will have no problem coming off of Chinese herbs when you have recovered without having any kind of withdrawals. This makes Chinese herbs and supplements a great alternative or complement to Western drugs and pain medications.

    How does Herbal Medicine work?

    Herbal medicine come in single herb decoctions or can be taken in a combination of herbs from 2 or 4 herbs up to 20 or more herbs in one single herbal formula. Different herbs have different functions so having several different herbs together in a "Formula" allows a single tea or pill treat the multiple aspects and underlying causes of your symptom or health condition at the same time.

    In the treatment of pain, herbs are selected which reduce inflammation, promote circulation and break up and digest scars and blockages in the joints, muscles, bones and other soft tissues. Herbal medicine help speed up the healing time for soft tissue wounds and traumas, in order for you to heal faster and reduce pain. Certain herbs have specific analgesic properties while others just resolve the underlying cause of the pain such as Willow bark extract or Boswellia extract.

    Many of the herbs that we use to treat back pain are very nourishing like food tonics. I am sure you have heard of Ginseng and perhaps you have seen Goji berries for sale. These are actually ancient Chinese tonic herbs that are used to nourish the 'Jing'.

    Chinese Herbs are some of the strongest substances known to nourish the adrenal glands and the support normal hormone production by nourishing your Essence or Jing. Nourishing Jing Essence will help slow down the aging process and help you recover from chronic fatigue and other chronic degenerative health conditions related to the aging process.

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