Chinese Medicine of Idaho

6540 W Emerald St, Suite 100

Boise ID, 83704


Sean Dugan L.Ac.

208  953  7690


Call to make an appointment: Monday - Friday 6 am to 7pm, Saturday 8 am to 12 pm

Appointments are available: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday from 9 am to 6 pm. 


Initial Visit

90 min    $150


60 min   $75

Herbal Evaluation

30-45 min $100

Myofascial Release

30 min   $75


60 min $100



Acu & Herbal Eval

90 mins  $150 



Acupuncture for Veterans: We accept insurance for Veterans through the Veterans Choice Program.  Ask your local doctor at the Boise VA for a referral to our clinic for acupuncture treatment. Most Veterans are eligible for 20 acupuncture visits per year.

Acupuncture for III-A Members: We provide acupuncture for Idaho Independent Intergovernmental Authority members. Simply reference your III-A / BCI ID card when you schedule your appointment. III-A covers 60 min Initial and Follow-up Acupuncture visits with no co-pay. For 90 min Initial or 90 min Follow-up visits there is a $50 co-pay. III-A covers 100 visits per year, per member. 

For a list of agencies covered by III-A visit: 


Acupuncture for Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA): If you were injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident, your car insurance policy covers acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can help you recover faster and heal more completely from concussion and TBI, whiplash, neck pain, back pain, fractures and other related injuries. To schedule acupuncture for treatment related to an MVA, please call with your auto insurance policy, claim number, and details of the accident. It's best to start treatment as soon as you can safely make it to the clinic, the resulting healing is faster and more complete the sooner you begin treatment. 

HSA/FSA: Most Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) or Flex Spending Accounts (FSAs) plans cover acupuncture visits and some cover herbal medicine treatment. We accept all HSA and FSA cards. 

All Other Insurances: At present, for all other insurance plans we are considered "Out Of Network" providers. This means that we can provide you a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement, but payment is due at the time of service. We hope this will change soon as Idaho's insurance coverage for acupuncture improves. 

Cost of Herbs: The cost of herbs ranges $15-60 per week, with the average formula at $35 per week. We use the highest quality herbs available and do our best to keep herb costs as low as possible without compromising quality and efficacy. You won't find this quality of herbal medicine anywhere else for less. 

Initial Visit

Initial Visits are scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc.

     90 min visit   $150    Evaluation and Treatment


During your initial visit your medical history will be reviewed, you will be assessed with Chinese Medicine diagnostics, and a treatment plan will be formulated to address your condition. Your treatment plan may include herbal medicine treatment, acupuncture, or both. The initial visit includes comprehensive evaluation, treatment planning, and treatment with acupuncture and/or herbal medicine treatment depending on the condition. 

*Cost of herbs: $15-45 per week. In higher dose ranges herbs may cost up to $60 per week. 


Herbal Evaluation

Herbal Evaluations are scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc. 

     30-45 min evaluation $100

During an herbal evaluation your condition will be assessed and your herbal prescription will be modified according to your current needs. Each appointment consists of one-on-one assessment and an additional 15 minutes during which your personalized herbal prescription will be formulated and handmade for you in our herbal medicinary to take home that day. 


Chinese Herbal Medicine is an essential component of Chinese Medicine. It has been practiced, developed, and refined over two millennia into the most comprehensive herbal medicine system in human history. Clinicians, scholars, and emperors of China safeguarded their medicine as a national treasure. As a result, it was able to grow and develop through clinical practice and meticulous recording and has been passed on to today's Chinese Herbalists as an incredibly valuable tool in restoring and maintaining health and wellness. 


For chronic, intractable health problems Chinese Herbs are often necessary to bring a person back to balance. Herbs work in the body as substantial, biochemical agents that can resolve long-standing health issues by treating the root imbalance. Chinese Herbs can reset the body's metabolism and hormone system so it can return to homeostatic balance.

Herbal formulas are carefully chosen to address both the symptoms and the underlying cause of your condition. Formulas may be administered as whole herbs which are cooked at home into a tea, powders to be taken with hot water, or as capsules. They are chosen to best fit the patients needs and convenience.

Chinese Herbal Medicine is potent medicine and should only be prescribed by a skilled, licensed practitioner.

For all health conditions, Chinese Herbal Medicine is one of the most effective tools medicine has to offer. 

*Cost of herbs: $15-45 per week. In higher dose ranges herbs may cost up to $60 per week.  



Acupuncture is scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc or Mara Bateman LAc

      60 min visit   $100

Follow-up acupuncture visits includes therapeutic acupuncture treatment as well as cupping, guasha, moxibustion, and tuina massage as needed. Suggested frequency of acupuncture visits is one to three times per week depending on the severity of the condition and the stage of treatment.  

Acupuncture is a modality of Chinese Medicine treatment in which very thin, sterile, single-use needles are inserted into the body at precise locations determined by the patient's condition. Acupuncture works by stimulating nerves, capillaries, and connective tissue. This stimulation results in the release of endogenous painkillers, reducing inflammation, promoting blood circulation, and promoting a natural healing response. 

Acupuncture is a safe, painless, and effective method to treat a variety of medical conditions. Clinical research continues to prove its validity and fuel its acceptance and growth. 

For more information on how acupuncture works, visit our blog.


Acupuncture is an especially effective treatment for pain, headaches, neck and back pain, knee pain, stroke rehabilitation, stress, anxiety, depression, and neurological disorders (tremor, Parkinson's,  Lyme). 


Acupuncture & Herbal Eval

Acupuncture & Herbal Evals are scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc

      90 min visit $150 

For returning patients who are receiving both Acupuncture and Herbal treatment. See Acupuncture and Herbal Eval for respective visit descriptions.  





Shiatsu sessions are scheduled with Mara Bateman LAc. 

      60 min visit   $75

Zen Shiatsu is a Japanese style of massage that uses pressure along the acupuncture channels to address pain and imbalances. Shiatsu is a remarkably calming and soothing technique that often provides patients with a deep rest. Shiatsu is a whole body treatment that can help to address pain, tension, stress, digestive problems, sleep disorders, and emotional imbalances. 

Shiatsu is especially helpful for emotional stress, muscle tension,  pain, insomnia, and for patients who dislike acupuncture. 


Tuina sessions are scheduled with Sean Dugan LAc. 

Tuina is a Chinese style of massage that uses a variety of techniques to reduce pain, tension, and stiffness. Tuina uses pressure along acupuncture channels as well as stretching to speed healing and reduce pain. Tuina is often focused on the patient's specific problem or painful area, and the problem is evaluated with orthopedic exams to treat the problem most effectively. Tuina is especially effective for pain in the neck, back, shoulders and hips, TMD, and headaches associated with tension and stress. 

Tuina is especially helpful for neck pain, back pain, TMJ pain, headaches, and muscle tension. 


Myofascial Release

Myofascial release may be incorporated into acupuncture visits as needed or scheduled separately.

     30 min visit    $75

Cupping and Guasha are ancient methods of myofasical release that can relieve chronic muscle tension and pain, and facilitate the circulation of blood, lymph, and removal of metabolic waste from the body tissues. Cupping Therapy dates back at least 4000 years and has been practiced in cultures all over the world. Today Cupping and Guasha are frequently used to treat chronic muscle tension and pain. Cupping is especially effective in relieving chronic muscle tension involved in neck pain, TMD/TMJ pain, and back pain. In Chinese Medicine, Cupping also has a long and successful history of treating respiratory diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, cough, bronchitis, and allergies. 

Cupping involves using suction and a glass or bamboo cup to gently pull skin, fascia, and muscle tissue into the cup. Our clinic uses traditional 'fire cupping' where a small flame is placed inside the cup and removed to create a vacuum. 

Guasha is a technique that uses a smooth edged metal or stone tool to gently work the muscles and fascia, unwinding tension and adhesions and breaking up scar tissue. The Guasha method is the basis for modern branded techniques such as the Graston technique. 

Cupping and Guasha are especially useful for neck and back pain, asthma, headaches, TMJ pain, IT band tension and knee pain. 



    Moxibustion may be incorporated into acupuncture visits as needed.

Moxibustion is a traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of  the mugwort herb, artemesia vulgaris, over or sometimes directly on the skin. The Chinese character that refers to Acupuncture is Zhen Jiu. Zhen refers to Acupuncture and Jiu means Moxibustion. Moxibustion is not as well known in the US, but it is equally effective and important to Chinese Medicine treatment as Acupuncture. 

Moxibustion has been used for thousands of years to strengthen the immune system, stimulate blood flow, initiate healing, and maintain overall health. The penetrating heat provides relief for pain, and can be especially useful for arthritis and joint pain. Modern research has verified the ability of moxibustion to stimulate immune function and increase NK cell activity. 

Moxibustion is especially effective for arthritic pain, fibromyalgia pain, asthma, immunodeficiency, menstrual cramps, and fatigue.