for the Treasure Valley

Meet Mara and Sean

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine 

Chinese Medicine of Idaho is a family owned Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine clinic in Boise, Idaho, providing acupuncture, shiatsu massage, and clinical TCM herbal medicine treatment. Mara Bateman LAc and Sean Dugan LAc are both state licensed and nationally board-certified acupuncturists and Chinese Medicine practitioners, with Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. 


Mara's practice centers on a somatic approach, utilizing acupuncture, Zen shiatsu massage, and other forms of bodywork. Sean's focus is clinical Chinese herbal medicine prescription and formulation for internal disease. Mara and Sean both practice orthopedic acupuncture for pain and sports injuries. 

Mara and Sean met at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR. They have been learning and practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine together for 8 years. Mara's interest in Acupuncture began during her modern dance career and anatomy & physiology studies. Sean was drawn to Chinese Medicine by his passion for herbal medicine and botany studies. Drawing on their unique perspectives and strengths, they continue to learn from each other, always striving to refine their practice. When they aren't in the clinic, they can be found paddling on the river, exploring the backcountry, or relaxing at home in the garden.   


When it comes to natural, side-effect free pain relief, acupuncture is just what the doctor ordered. Acupuncture is emerging as the shining star of natural medicine, as modern scientific research continues to validate acupuncture as an evidence-based medicine. People of all ages and walks of life have found benefit from acupuncture.


Whether you are looking for relief from stress headaches, working to improve your athletic performance, need relief from chronic pain so you can do your job without distraction, or you just want to enjoy your retirement with less pain, acupuncture may be just what you need. 


At Chinese Medicine of Idaho, we specialize in acupuncture treatment for pain, stress, mobility and fitness, injury recovery, and to treat a wide variety of internal conditions including fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, and autoimmune conditions. ​


When you need Chinese Herbs, you need them to work. That's why we specialize in Chinese Herbal Medicine. We source only the highest quality organic and lab-tested herbs because we care as much about safety and efficacy as you do.

Our practice places a heavy emphasis on Chinese Herbal Medicine, as herbal treatment is often necessary to treat chronic, severe, and recalcitrant problems. Traditional administration of high-quality herbs in traditional dosages frequently yields successful results where other methods have failed.

Acupuncture for Car Accident Injuries

Acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments for motor vehicle accident related injuries - and it is covered by most car insurance plans.
We help people dealing with neck & back pain, headaches, whiplash, concussion and traumatic brain injury, emotional trauma and PTSD due to car accident injuries. Get relief from pain, recover faster, and prevent chronic pain with acupuncture treatment. 

Call us to learn more if you our your loved one has been in a car accident.