Acupuncture uses fine sterile needles inserted into the body on specific points or areas of the body. Qi and Blood move to open the Channels or Meridians to alleviate pain and/or dysfunction in the body. Needles may be placed anywhere on the body, regardless of the area of dysfunction. Needles are used only once, and then disposed of properly according to current biological waste procedures.

Acupuncture has not been fully explained physiologically in the Western Biomedical model, though it has been proven that acupuncture does work for most people for many disorders. There are several theories on why acupuncture works. A current theory is the activation of the nervous system via complex feedback loops that prompt the body to heal by mobilizing neurological, neuroendocrine, (think endorphins) and possible bioelectric and chemical responses.

These theories or hypotheses do not explain why points far from an area of dysfunction or pain can help to relieve symptoms. Specific distant areas or points are called Reflex Systems, of which there are dozens throughout the body. Acupuncture research currently continues at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other institutes of higher learning.


Chinese herbology has evolved over millennia to a high degree of sophistication. Herbal formulas have been used and refined for generations to meet the needs of the individual that is being treated. The formulas are modified for modern people in a modern society. Celestial Crane uses pre-made formulas called "patents" and fits the formulas to the patient's needs. Many reputable companies make classical formulas and variations of classical formulas, along with new and modern formulas to fit nearly every person. Arrangements can be made if these "patents" do not make a perfect fit to the patient, and a very specific formula can be made for the individual.

Because of their historical use, most formulas are extremely gentle, yet quite effective when taken. Herbs are bulkier and most often milder than pharmaceutical or over-the-counter (OTC) preparations, so herbs must be taken more often, and with larger doses than pharmaceuticals. Herbs rarely have the side effects that many pharmaceuticals have, and often provide a safe and gentle alternative method of treatment to pharmaceuticals and OTC preparations when used responsibly and under the guidance of a licensed practitioner. Most herbs may also be taken while taking prescription medications, though this must be discussed thoroughly during your Intake Evaluation on your first visit, and with your healthcare practitioner.


We carry quality supplements from highly respected companies such as Thorne, Pure, and Nordic Naturals. Supplementation can be beneficial in certain circumstances, and is often complementary to herbal medicine and acupuncture. A varied and diverse healthy diet full of whole grains, mostly organic fruits and vegetables that can color a rainbow, fermented foods, and if one is an omnivore, fresh unadulterated meats, may be the best way to obtain the most desirable nutrition for anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins. However many people find this difficult to achieve any or all of the time, or may need help because digestion issues keep them from getting the nutrients they need.

Most of our soils are depleted of nutrients as a consequence of modern agricultural practices and soils that lack nutrients cannot grow crops that have nutrients. Added to that, much of our produce is shipped from far away and left in storage too long to preserve whatever healthy nutrients may have been originally present at harvest.

Observation / Pulse and Tounge

Feeling the pulse on both wrists at several positions and depths is an important diagnostic tool in Oriental Medicine, as is observation of the tongue, such as it's size, shape, and color.

General observations of posture, skin tone and color, mobility, eye brightness, and other applicable details are also noted and important for diagnosis of the whole person.

Electro Stimulation

Mild electric stimulation that is close to the body's own natural electric energy, placed directly on needles, probes on the skin, or attached with pads over an area needing treatment. Electro-stimulation can reduce muscle spasms and pain, as well as help to speed healing in an area. The sensation of most electro-stimulation is either non-existent or is like a mild tapping.


A natural herb burned over an area or point on the body to create deep warmth and energy to that area for healing. Precaution is taken to prevent any burns.

Cupping and Gua Sha

Cups are used with suction, or smooth instruments are used to scrape an area to bring up Sha or Stagnation that is creating pain in an area. This treatment method may leave marks similar to bruising without the pain of bruising.

Tui Na

A form of Chinese massage techniques especially suited to help relieve sore and tight muscles, often used in conjunction with herbal liniments.

Tuning Forks

Specialized tuning forks are used with meridian and point therapy to treat underlying disharmonies of the body and spirit. They are especially useful for mental emotional issues and as an alternative to needles in treatment.

ELR (Energy Light Rejuvenation)

Micro-current and therapeutic light is used to treat and firm tissue and the muscles under the skin of the face and neck. It encourages collagen production and improves skin texture. The face is itself is a reflex system representing the whole body, and treatment with ELR gently balances the entire body.

Diet, Lifestyle and Body Use Recommendations

Celestial Crane Oriental Medicine is based on the concepts of Yin and Yang, which underlie an ancient medical system founded in the Far East. This system is used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness of the whole person - physically, mentally, and spiritually.

With the use of acupuncture, herbal formulas, supplements, bodywork, diet and exercise, this holistic approach enhances the body's natural ability to heal by decreasing stress, strengthening the immune system and restoring balance in all aspects of one's life.

Oriental medicine may be used in conjunction with Western medicine, chiropractic, and other alternative healing techniques.


Tamara Clauson L.Ac. and Dipl. O.M.
Tamara Clauson earned her Master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1998. She holds a license from the prestigious Acupuncture Board of California (L.Ac.), and is certified in Oriental Medicine from the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM - Dipl. O.M.)

Tamara has lived in Jackson Hole since 1980, traveling to gain her education. She has a B.S. Degree in Medical Technology from the University of Washington School of Medicine and has worked as a Medical Technologist and an Analytical Chemist before moving into Complementary Medicine. She has over 5 years of experience and training as a Massage Therapist.

Tamara's Healing Philosophy
With Tamara's diverse background in the sciences, Western Medicine, and Eastern Medicine and philosophy, she believes in a well-rounded approach that blends this knowledge into a comprehensive diagnosis and appropriate treatment of the whole person.

About the Celestial Crane Logo
The Crane is a Chinese symbol of health and long life while the term Celestial, symbolized by the star, means "of the Heavens." The Shen character represents the spirit of humans, said to reside between Heaven and Earth. The Celestial Crane incorporates all the elements of body, mind, and spirit for health, healing, and long life.