While we wait for a vaccine for the current coronavirus, we can be treating it with East Asian medicinal formulas. 

Current guidelines concerning symptomatic presentation of a potential COVID-19 contagion (fever, fatigue, dry cough) is to stay at home and isolate for up to 2 weeks after symptoms abate. In other words, wait it out to prevent spreading the disease to others. This is because no one has immunity to this virus. However, this does not mean we can’t be treating the disease at the onset to lessen the severity of the symptoms as well as hasten recovery.

China has been dealing with this for a lot longer than us, and a Guidance for Corona Virus Disease 2019; Prevention, Control, Diagnosis and Management has been published by the National Health Commission of the PRC and the National Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine of the PRC. It has been authored by doctors from the Beijing Ditan Hospital, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Chinese Preventative Medicine Association. This 130 page CIP database documents various COVID-19 manifestations and their subsequent treatment with East Asian herbal medicinals. Based on that data and what I’ve learned about how COVID-19 has been presenting in Seattle, I have begun putting together a pharmacy of what I feel would be appropriate herbal formulas for treatment.

Since I cannot allow symptomatic patients to enter the clinic at this time, I am instead offering treatment with herbal medicine. I believe that while we wait for a vaccine, we also have to begin figuring out how to treat the disease.

Here is an interesting article on the uses of acupuncture and herbal medicine being used in Beijing, China for the treatment of COVID-19.


Beginning Monday April 8th, Nanarita Acupuncture will have a new Capitol Hill location.


The new location is at:

 1666 East Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102

(in the The Evergreen Center building, corner of Olive and Boylston)


Even though it looks like there is parking out front, unfortunately it is reserved for other building tenants. However there is free 2-hour street parking, and a few pay lots within a block or so (Lyric Building lot off Broadway), as well as the Starbucks lot down the street. Access to the building will be secure with a Nest/Yale keypad.  **hint: it’s the address number


I’m excited to begin working in this new space, as it is just a bit farther from the noise and bustle of Broadway, but still in the Capitol Hill area.  The wellness center will also have medical therapists in massage, chiropractic, and counseling/therapy.


Dear Patients,
As some of you may already know, Nanarita Acupuncture will no longer be partnered with Orca Wellness as of March 1, 2019. Dr. Tello has chosen to move his practice outside of the Capitol Hill area but I am choosing to stay in the neighborhood I have practiced in for the past 10 years.

Beginning this March, while I will still be in the same location at 821 E Thomas St, things will be a little different.
1) New contact Phone number: (206) 792-7644
The previous number you may have on file will no longer reach me! If I don’t answer, please leave a voicemail as I am likely with a patient, but I will return your call ASAP.

2) Contact email for scheduling or otherwise: nan@nanarita.com
The quickest way to reach me will be by email for the most part, at least during work hours. Please keep in mind that there is no “fast response” guarantee outside of the below times.
Mon & Wed: 9:00am to 6:00pm
Tues & Thurs: 11:00am to 7:15pm

NOTE: I will no longer have front desk support, therefore I am no longer able to be as flexible with my cancellation policy as I have been in the past. All cancellations need to be made a full 24 hours in advance of your appointment time (Monday cancellations need to be made the previous Friday). As I now have to do my own scheduling on top of treating patients, I need the full 24 hours to try and fill your cancelled spot. Many of you may think that my wait list makes this easy to do, but 80% of my wait list wants something after 5pm. Most of the time, I am unable to fill your cancellation when it is short notice.
Please understand that when you miss an appointment with me, I not only lose your business, but also the potential business of other patients who could have scheduled an appointment for that same time. When you schedule your appointment with me, you are agreeing to my no show/late cancellation policy of $75.00.

3) Starting April 1, 2019 – new location (1.5 blocks away) – 1666 E Olive Way, Seattle, WA 98102
I will be joining a facility of multiple individual practices out of the Evergreen building, on the corner of Olive and Boylston. For those of you that also see Shirley for massage therapy, she will also be moving into this space. We are both hoping you will make this short move with us starting in April.

I will send another update as the April move comes up. 

Nan Schwarz EAMP, MAcOM


Insurance coverage is a convoluted thing. I find most of my patients have little to no understanding of what their coverage actually entails. For your average layman, understanding of what your actual coverage is can be frustrating and confusing. Which in turn makes picking the right insurance carrier and plan a maddening experience. Here’s some tips for navigating the insurance shopping nightmare.


The most important thing is to first look at what benefits you have used the most in the past few years. It’s tempting to just go with the cheapest plan, but they are often cheap for a reason (ie no coverage for anything but catastrophic emergency). Start with looking at plans that contain the coverage for the things you use most. For some, it is decent pharmaceutical coverage, for others it might be acupuncture or chiropractic coverage. Then price shop.


This is where things get tricky. Some plans will have certain benefits that are outside of your deductible, and some will have the exact same benefits but will apply them to your deductible. Look at this carefully, it can make the difference between paying your copay amount only, versus the full amount for a doctors visit, until your entire deductible is met. That can often negate what you think you are saving in your monthly coverage payment, if the services you like to use all go towards a high deductible.

PS – keep in mind, every new calendar year, re-check your coverage. More likely than not, something within your plan has changed and you may not be aware of it.

As the cost of premiums continue to go up, it is so important to choose a plan carefully, that fits within your budget but also supplies you with a benefit package that suits your needs. It’s why for all my patients, I take the time to look carefully at your coverage and give you a full understanding of what your acupuncture benefits are (and aren’t). That way there’s no surprises at the end of the day when you get your explanation of benefits invoice.