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herbal medicine

Herbal Medicine

Herbal medicine has been used on its own, and in tandem with acupuncture, for thousands of years to bring balance to the body, mind, and spirit.


Herbal formulas and therapeutic foods can help with:

  • chronic pain

  • stress

  • insomnia

  • auto-immune conditions

  • inflammation

  • blood sugar regulation

  • skin issues

  • back pain, sciatica, and slipped discs

  • reproductive health and fertility 

  • anxiety and depression 

  • PMS pain & mood swings

  • irregular menstrual cycle

  • muscular tension, TMJ, spasm

  • digestive upset

  • allergies

  • fatigue 

  • circulation

  • hot flashes and other perimenopausal symptoms 

  • and more!


If you are ready to take the guesswork out of exploring natural remedies, supplements, and food ways to achieve your health goals, or if you wish to deepen the benefits of your acupuncture treatments, consider a 1:1 consultation with our clinical herbalist for a customized plan. 

​We currently offer a few different herbal consultations:


Introductory Visit for Existing Acupuncture Patients

With referral from your acupuncturist, you will meet with our Herbalist, Amber Merkens and receive a recommendation from our apothecary that will enhance your treatment. 




BRIEF Herbal Medicine Consultation: Address an acute issue or concern

Included in your visit:

  • Brief analysis of health history

  • A recommendation for an easy to implement herbal formula or supplement 

  • Therapeutic food or lifestyle recommendations if indicated

  • High quality sourcing and directions on dosing 




Initial Comprehensive Herbal Consultation: For long standing or more complicated health concerns

​Included in your visit:

  • In-depth analysis of health history, lifestyle, food ways, and supplements 

  • Personalized herbal protocol 

  • Therapeutic food, supplement, & lifestyle recommendations to support your core herbs and health goals

  • High quality sourcing and directions on dosing 



$200 (Includes one brief check-in via phone or email within two weeks post initial visit)

Subsequent follow-up visits to the comprehensive consult (if needed):



Amber Merkens

Amber Merkens

Clinical Herbalist and Integrative Practitioner

Amber Merkens is a clinical herbalist and integrative practitioner who helps people find embodied healing and a deeper connection to the natural world (themselves!) through herbal medicine, therapeutic food, and lifestyle practices. Amber’s herbalism is an extension and expression of growing up in the Pacific Northwest rainforests, dancing professionally, postpartum caregiving, and mothering - all of which put her on her plant path. Her work integrates somatic knowledge, generational wisdom, and science, and her formal training is in vitalist, European, Chinese, and Ayurvedic herbal traditions. Amber is a graduate of the ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism, where she still serves as Clinic Director.


Amber lives in New Paltz, NY with her two children, and is thrilled to contribute to the well rounded integrative care that is central to Pellegrino Healing Center and Pellegrino Integrative Cancer Center.

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