Frequently Asked Questions


Which Chinese herb blend is right for me? How do I choose?

Ideally a practitioner has chosen for you.  If you have to choose, read through the descriptions and the chart.  See which one is most like a picture of you.  If it is more than one, get them both and alternate them throughout the month.  Pay attention to how they affect you.  For women, you can choose different formulas for different times in your cycle.  Root Java is ideal during or after your cycle. If you are unsure, but feel very drawn to the program, find an acupuncturist to help you choose a formula and get a treatment every so often.

What if I choose a Chinese formula and I’m not right about it, will it harm me?

The foundation formulas will not harm you.  The wrong choice will just not help as much as the right choice.  If you are uncertain about your choice and do not have access to a practitioner, email us.  There is one formula in the five that has a cold nature and should not be taken long term without breaks.  It is Long Dan Xie Gan Wan.  For a person with chronic liver heat, it is fine, but if you are prone to cold, or have weak digestion, or start to get cold easily after taking it, stop.  If you think you have chosen the wrong formula, stop taking it.  It will not hurt you, it just won’t be bringing you into balance–which is our goal  🙂

What’s the difference between taking the teapills and taking Lucidia?  Will both relieve my allergies?

Lucidia is for immediate relief from allergy symptoms without side effects.  It is antihistamine, breaks down mucus, cleanses lymphatic system, and regulates immune function.  Many people use Lucidia to get off allergy medications that are causing unwanted side effects or are no longer working.  The Chinese formulas address an underlying imbalance that is contributing to the allergies.  This underlying imbalance may be hormonal, energetic, nervous system, organ function, emotional, toxins, or depletion of kidneys, blood, yin, or qi.  When the underlying cause is addressed with herbs and lifestyle (and possibly treatment), allergies can resolve, or become less frequent and less severe.  Many people get the relief they are looking for with Lucidia alone.  The other formulas are for people who experience other symptoms, and recognize that by addressing them, they will also be preventing allergy symptoms.  They are also for practitioners who are prescribing a foundation formula in an overall treatment plan.


Since Lucidia enhances the immune system, is it safe to take everyday?

Lucidia is safe for most people to take everyday.  Many of the ingredients are given in very high doses to prevent several different kinds of cancer, including lung and prostate.  We recommend Lucidia to be taken as needed, as often as needed.  Usually over time, less is needed.  If symptoms continue to occur every day, and only relief is experienced, it could be very helpful to integrate a foundation formula chosen by you or a qualified practitioner.  If no relief is experienced after several days of frequent dosing, there may be another formula that is better for you or there may be something in your diet or life that is causing a lot of problems for your body.


Why is it recommended to take Lucidia and Chinese teapills?

As an acupuncturist, it is always recommended to address the underlying issue.  The foundation formulas that we have chosen are very basic, and strengthen the body.  When taken correctly, and with appropriate lifestyle and attitude, many aspects of health and life can come into balance, even when allergies were the original noticeable concern.

How long do I need to wait before I start to feel relief when I take Lucidia?

It depends very much on your lifestyle, severity of symptoms, and constitution.  If you do not notice any relief after taking 3 capsules 6 times per day for 4 days, I would say  it is not the formula for you right now.  If you eat hamburgers and milkshakes at midnight, or drink a lot of alcohol especially at night, it will be difficult to notice what is happening.  If you are not in either of those categories, it may take a few doses to notice, or a few days.  Once Lucidia gets a chance to start cleaning your system, relief can happen within 1 minute of dosing.  I dont understand this but it is true. In the beginning, we recommend frequent dosing, as symptoms occur.  You will not need frequent dosing after a few days.

How will the Artemis Root Java benefit my health?

Taken appropriately, the Root Java will support healthy energy levels, motivation to excercise, support immune, sexual, cogitive function, increase flexibility, support fertility, creativity, inspiration, support healthy hormone levels including thyroid, female, and bones, make beautiful skin and hair, and in general connects to the Great Mystery.

Are the Chinese herbal formulas safe and grown responsibly?

They are very safe, tested, and under strict quality control.  Lucidia and Root Java are made with some organic and US grown herbs, all premium quality.  We are always developing our relationship with US organic growers and if you are one please contact us.

Do I need to purchase Lucidia and the teapills to get relief?

No.  It is your choice if you want to do both or try just Lucidia first.  It depends on your goals, and the severity of your condition.  If you never had allergies, and all of a sudden you have them, it could be helpful to address a hormonal imbalance, but could still be sufficient to start with Lucidia.  If you think your allergies are related to a hormonal change, stress, long term poor diet, aging, parenting, drinking, you will have better results if you take both and get acupuncture treatment.

How should I take the Artemis Root Java?

Simmer 1 Tbsp of herbs on the stovetop in 6-8 oz. water for 1-2 min. Strain through tea strainer.  Drink black or with your favorite coffee combinations–cream and honey, warm soymilk, maca root, cocoa powder, MTC oil, etc.

How many time per day should I drink the Artemis Root Java?

Root Java is a Chinese Medicinal blood and jing tonic.  For corrective therapy, drink 2-3 times per day for certain days of the month or for a week at a time.  Corrective for concerns such as anemia, hypothyroid, amenorrea, cold, pale, dry, fatigued person with tight muscles and achy joints, low back pain, menstrual irregularities, weak immune, weak sexual function, post-partum.  For general tonic, take as desired, once per day.  It is a warming formula, so not to be taken in very hot weather or by warm people.  Although it will not hurt, it will make them hot, and not bring the beautiful balance that is glorious when the proper formula is taken.

Is Lucidia safe for children? Are the Chinese teapills safe for children?

Lucidia is safe for children two and older.  Likely safe for younger, but there is no research on younger.  If a baby is experiencing severe allergies, we strongly recommend a holistic practitioner.  Babies respond very well to various esoteric therapies, such as craniosacral, homeopathy, flower essences, reiki, etc.  In addiiton to this, a practitioner can help detect if there is something happening that is causing the problem.  Chinese teapills are safe for children but since their energy works differently from adults, its best to get a practitioner to choose herbal formula for children under 12.

Can I take it if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, but as with all supplements and medications, check with your health care practitioner.

Can I take other medications while I take Lucidia and/or the Chinese teapills?

The herbs in our program do not have any blaring drug interactions, but I do not know all the drugs.  If you are unsure, ask your physician who prescribed the medication or your pharmacist.

Does Lucidia contain any artificial stimulants?

Lucidia is non stimulating and non drowsy and has no artificial ingredients.  It does not have any side effects and takes no toll on your body, only helps take some burden off of it.  The worst that can happen with Lucidia is for the rare person who has an allergy to stinging nettle, or that it doesn’t give you relief.  It will never ruin your day like a medication can.

How does Lucidia compare to other allergy relief medications?

In contrast to other allergy relief medicines, Lucidia will not make you drowsy or foggy headed. Lucidia does not mask or suppress allergy symptoms, but rather, it clears and cleans the blood and your body of allergens. For instance:

  • Reishi mushroom supports and enhances your immune system.
  • Stinging nettles helps purify the blood and fortifies it with minerals, iron and chlorophyll to strengthen the body’s resistance. It is also a natural antihistimine for immediate relief.
  • Quercetin reduces inflammation in the sinus cavities and inhibits the release and production of histimine. In addition, it breaks down mucous.
  • Bromelain exerts anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic activity, it potentiates the benefits of quercetin and breaks down mucous and waste from undigested food or food allergies.
  • N-acetyl cysteine protects the liver and detoxifies it from chemical exposure and oxidation by increasing glutathione levels.

Common side effects for most other prescription and over-the-counter allergy relief medications include:

  • stomach pain
  • stomach or intestinal upset
  • heartburn
  • tiredness
  • fever
  • stuffy nose
  • cough
  • flu
  • upper respiratory infection
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • rash

What is a teapill?  How are they made?

Teapills are my favorite form of Chinese herbs in pill form ( meaning you don’t have to cook the herbs yourself and drink the tea).  Teapills are usually made from cooking the herbal formula in water and reducing it to dry powder, then making small bb size pills by rolling the powder with honey and beeswax.  For certain formulas, no tea is made; rather the herbs are ground up and rolled into the balls with honey and beeswax.  The method depends on what is called for for particular herb preparation.  Teapills are small and black, and usually a dose is 8 teapills 3 times per day.  Seems like a lot, but its like a teaspoon of dry tea, or one cup of tea.  Other pill forms of herbs are capsules and tablets.  Capsules are good because they can be more potent than teapills, but for tonic formulas such as the foundation formulas I have chosen, I prefer teapills.  Tablets of Chinese herbs are too dry and fibrous and lose a lot of volatile oils that are potent aspects of the medicine.  Teapills are not easy to make, and the Mayway ones use good quality herbs and made in a facility that makes the best quality teapills, so they are my preference for these foundation formulas.


How many times a day should I take the teapills?

A therapeutic dose is 3 times per day.  In our culture, many people don’t like to hear that.  Two is often sufficient.

How many times a day should I take Lucidia?

Take Lucidia as needed–meaning when you have symptoms.  In the beginning, this could be frequently.  It will reduce after a few days.  If you know  Lucidia works preventatively for you, it is also fine to take it preventatively.  Our goal for you is for it to be reduced to a few times per year–when you might be a little run down so allergies come, but then once you’re back on track, no more allergies.

Are any of the herbs addictive or habit-forming?

Not at all.  They are only health-promoting and you will notice the difference.

What if I’m not satisfied?

What is most important to us is your satisfaction. If for whatever reason you are not satisfied, please contact us within 30 days of purchase to arrange for shipment of the unused capsules. A full refund, including any shipping charges will be honored. The buyer is responsible for the return shipping & handling costs.

As we are continually trying to improve, we may ask for your honest feedback. This in no way impacts the status of the refund as Artemis Therapeutics strictly follows the no-questions-asked return policy.

If I don’t want to order on-line, are Artemis Therapeutics products sold in stores?

We are in the process of setting up a Partnership Program with holistic practitioners.  Please check back frequently or send us an e-mail, as we are continually updating this information.  Currently, you can find our products at:

Grand Acupuncture Center
3931 Grand Ave.
Oakland, Ca 94610

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