Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is like any other form of medicine. Some TCM doctors specialize in a specific problem or condition while others stick to what is called “general medicine,” which would be similar to your primary care physician. While all doctors treat general health concerns, you have to see a specialist once an issue gets more complicated. So for instance, you would not go see a cardiologist (that’s a heart doctor) for a pain in your leg, and you would not see an orthopedist (that’s a bone doctor) if you were having migraines.

Lindsay K. – Cambridge, MA 
Alex and Lisa are exactly the kind of people you want treating you. They are warm, very easy to talk to and are clearly very knowledgeable about all things TCM.


On any given day we treat a wide variety of complaints:

  • All types of pain concerns (back, neck, shoulders, tennis elbow, sciatica)
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Muscle spasms, sprains, & strains
  • Gastrointestinal Problems (IBS, constipation, diarrhea, bloating)
  • Common cold symptoms (sneezing, congestion, foggy headed)
  • Emotional and Sleep Issues (Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue)


At our office we are dedicated to offering the best holistic care to our patients. With that in mind, we took the time to specialize in the following areas of medicine and have created customized programs for these health concerns. Please take a moment and read the information provided in the links to learn more about our specialty acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine programs.

Book your appointment online today or contact us if you have any questions.

Below you will find some general information regarding appointment times and other services provided at our office.  You can also view the video to learn more about our office.

Welcome To Garden Acupuncture from Lisa Metzger on Vimeo.


Initial Appointment:

Your initial appointment will include an extensive health history review with your practitioner and acupuncture treatment.

Please be aware that the initial appointment will take approximately 75-90 minutes due to the introductory paperwork, and need to review and discuss your health concerns.


Follow-up Appointment:

While your practitioner will need to speak to you each time you visit, the consultation time required is less substantial. Approximate appointment is 45-60 minutes.


Chinese Herbology:

Your practitioner will diagnose and prescribe you an herbal formula for every treatment. Herbal formulas are offered in three different methods.

Please review the FAQ page for more information regarding Chinese Herbology.



This mineral heat lamp has been shown in clinical studies to reduce inflammation and edema from soft tissue injuries such as strains and sprains. TDP lamps are also known to improve blood circulation, relax the nervous system and even treat your skin without any harmful side effects.



This is a method of applying acupressure by creating a vacuum on your skin to remove blockages (i.e. inflammation), thereby improving Qi flow—to treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. It is also used on the body to treat muscular spasms and pain.


Electric Stimulation:

E-Stim is the use of mild electric stimulation therapy during your treatment.

It is commonly used in pain therapy, weight loss, and smoking cessation to offer a faster recovery time.


I first started going to Garden Acupuncture about 7 months ago for what I thought was a foot problem. Alex & Lisa promptly and accurately diagnosed that it was really a back problem and started “attacking” it immediately with acupuncture, herbs and cupping. They also referred me to an amazing spine specialist to get a more accurate diagnosis with an MRI because of their belief that some problems can benefit from the mix of both acupuncture and Western medecine.

Turns out that I have 2 herniated discs as Alex thought in our first meeting. Alex & Lisa have worked with my spine doctor to get a better understanding of my issues so they could treat me better. Needless to say, I feel a lot better now. Both emotionally and physically – they’ve been a fantastic support network for my chronic pain. They’re knowledgeable and explain anatomy and the reasoning behind what they’re doing very clearly. And they’re just awesome people to be around, very helpful when suffering from chronic pain!


Book your appointment online today or contact us if you have any questions.