Charlotte Alvarez | L. Ac., M. OM, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)®

Hi! I’m Charlotte. The acronyms behind my name stand for, in order: Licensed Acupuncturist, Master of Oriental Medicine, Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (by way of the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). This means I’m licensed through the Minnesota State Medical Board, have a master’s degree, and am board certified nationally, in both acupuncture and Chinese herbalism.

One Medicine Acupuncture and Apothecary is my brainchild. The healing space I’ve created is an inclusive wellness foundation focused on honoring diversity in race, ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, creed, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, social, economical, marital, military, and immigration status. My clinic and I welcome you as you are. I am committed to the exemplary delivery of authentic holistic practices. I value the dignity and inherent worth of every person. I provide individualized care driven by a global mind and an open heart. I foster resilience in the face of adversity. I pledge solidarity with community allies focused on empowerment and equality. I believe in one medicine for all people and work daily to provide healing that is as accessible and affordable as it is personalized and compassionate.

My Chinese Medicine background reflects experience in a number of integrated health care settings, including acute care hospital environments, rehabilitation projects, and community-based clinics that meld age-old and modern medicine.  I’ve also studied in China, but not for nearly as long as I’d like. These internships and opportunities have helped me hone skills to help patients combating cancer, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, pain, alcoholism, addiction, and mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety.  

I am a devotee of 養生 yang sheng, Chinese for "nurturing/nourishing life". My mission is to share and teach the cultivation of vim and vigor with my community. The therapies I provide aim at the cultivation of vitality, the prevention of illness, and the treatment of disease.

I live and breathe Classical Chinese Medicine. This is where the secrets live — in the deep, old, classical literature of ancient China, which are not as often revered, and especially not as often learned and practiced, as standardized Traditional Chinese Medicine. My education at Northwestern Health Sciences University, in Bloomington, MN, was rich in Western medical partnerships and backed by modern research. My most sincere passions, however, lie in restoring time-honored traditions that have been transmitted by lineage through generations and dynasties. These customs are deeply rooted in Daoist (Taoist) philosophy and spirituality. Classical Chinese medicine is a bona fide body-mind-spirit medicine, and does not separate the three.

My ongoing studies ensure my delivery of the healing arts are focused and distinctly classical. I vehemently believe in studying with an authentic teacher and in the power of oral transmission. I am a student of Jeffrey Yuen. Dr. Jeffrey C. Yuen is Daoist master of two lineages — 88th generation of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity School — Yellow Emperor/Lao Zi Sect), and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality Dragon Gate School).  

My Current and Continued Studies in Classical Chinese Medicine and the Daoist Healing Arts —

2014-present with Dr. Jeffrey Yuen:

  • Healing with Gems & Stones (A Chinese Medical Perspective) {New York, NY. One-Year Program, 2019.}

  • Exploring the Shamanic Origins of Classical Chinese Medicine {San Francisco, CA. June 2019.}

  • Death & Dying in Classical Chinese Medicine {Los Angeles, CA. March 2019.}

  • Shamanism & Stones {Tucson, AZ. February 2019.}

  • Teachings from the Taoist Canon: Advanced Techniques from the Shang Qing Tradition {San Francisco, CA. December 2018.}

  • Plants, the Mind, and Spirituality {Marina Del Rey, CA. October 2018.}

  • Chinese Dietary Therapy: Constructing a Materia Medica for Food, Yin Yang Nature of Food, Food Categories, Food Preparation & Combinations {Asheville, NC. September 2018.}

  • Teachings from the Taoist Canon: Realized Scripture of the Great Cavern {San Francisco, CA. April 2018.}

  • Dreams & Chinese Medicine {Park City, UT. March 2018.}

  • Teachings from the Taoist Canon: Inner Alchemy {San Francisco, CA. November 2017.}

  • Stones for Mental/Emotional Wellness {Asheville, NC. April 2016.}

  • Essential Oils for Mental/Emotional Wellness {Asheville, NC. April 2016.}

  • Exploring the Primary Channels {Minneapolis, MN. March 2014.}


For a thorough list of professional experience, please feel free to visit my online resume on LinkedIn.



Sessions with Charlotte are available at the clinic Monday through Friday, by appointment only at this time.


The investment for Charlotte’s treatments is a sliding scale, pay-what-you-can structure. You choose the amount based on the guidelines provided. Initial visits are a flat fee and are priced according to service.

Charlotte does not accept gratuity. If you’re able to pay more than the base amount for her services, the money is invested back into the clinic with the goal of providing excellence in care for all people.

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine appointments include, but are not limited to: acupuncture, acupressure, herbal remedies and prescriptions (price of herbs is separate), and adjunct modalities deemed necessary and beneficial by Charlotte, such as cupping, moxibustion, stone healing, aromatherapy, essential oil application, etc.

Initial Session, 75 to 90 minutes $125
Follow-up Session, 45 to 60 minutes $50 - $100 sliding scale
Follow-up Session, 75 to 90 minutes $60 - $125 sliding scale

Fire Cupping
Cupping appointments include sliding and stationary cupping, and are complimented by additional modalities, including aromatherapy and essential oil application, acupressure, tui na (Chinese medical bodywork), and stone healing; all provided based on the goals of the visit. Cupping visits do not include acupuncture but Acupuncture visits do include cupping, if this therapy is indicated for your health goals and your constitution.

Initial Session, 60+ minutes $100
Follow-up Session, 30 minutes $30 - $50 sliding scale
Follow-up Session, 60 minutes $60 - $100 sliding scale

Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine consultations are available outside of Acupuncture and Cupping appointments. If you receive acupuncture and are open to trying herbal medicine, this is included in your acupuncture appointment. Chinese herbal medicine prescriptions are not normally available with cupping appointments unless you are flexible to have a shorter cupping appointment.
Either way, if you would like to only discuss herbal medicine, this is a separate appointment and will focus solely on internal medicine. Cost of herbs is separate.

Initial Session, 30+ minutes $45
Follow-up Session, 30 minutes $30 - $50 sliding scale