About Us

A few words About our name

In classical Chinese, yi guan translates to the concept of “linking.” The clinic shares the name of an elegant classical formula that links several patterns of symptoms under one treatment principle. It is the mission of our clinic to link East and West, as well as ancient and modern, into one elegant treatment philosophy and practice.

Though different characters and tonal pronunciation, a homonym for yi guan translates to “medical officer,” and is an homage to Dr. Perez’s prior career as a medical examiner, bringing a honed skill in diagnostic pattern recognition to bear in increasing the health and longevity of his patients.

Dr. Dan Perez

Dr. Perez has a longstanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine and culture. His first martial arts and qigong master was a skilled Chinese herbal practitioner and Daoist scholar who regularly demonstrated the practical benefits of traditional Chinese medicine. Before completing his training at AOMA in Austin, Dr. Perez studied East Asian languages and culture at Columbia University while majoring in molecular biology. He went on to attend medical school in New York and completed his training as a forensic pathologist in Texas. Repeated and preventable patterns of disease observed during years of autopsies spurred him to pursue his dream of expanding his understanding of systems of wellness and illness beyond that of allopathic medicine. His mission at Yi Guan Acupuncture and Chinese Herbalism is to link his past training and experience—a culmination of a life of interest.

  • Master of Acupuncture with a specialization in Chinese Herbalism – AOMA, Austin, Texas
  • Forensic Pathology Fellow – Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office, San Antonio, Texas
  • Anatomical and Clinical Patholog Residency – Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY
  • Anatomical and Clinical Pathology Internship – George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Doctorate of Medicine – State University of New York at Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bachelor of Arts – Columbia University, New York, NY

Treatment Pricing

Single Treatment

$100

At this time our $50 consultation fee is waived, so both your first 90-minute appointment and follow-up 60 appointments are all $100. Each session will have a tailored mix of acupuncture and other techniques, herbal consultation and prescription, and mini mediation/qigong instruction at the end of your session.

Package of 5 Treatments

$450

A 10% discount. Packages do not expire. Use them at whatever frequency is works for you. Perfect for chronic conditions where initial frequency of treatments is important.

Package of 10 Treatments

$800

A 20% discount. Packages do not expire. Use them at whatever frequency is works for you. Perfect for on-going conditions where a frequency of treatments is important.

Mind-Body Balance Check Mini Treatment

$60

Chinese medicine is all about finding imbalances and shifting them back to center. This makes it perfectly suited for preventative medicine. Come for a quick medical interview and examination. Find your problems before they start causing problems. This service is also great for people who feel fine but want to truly optimize their mind and body to feel younger, stronger, calmer and more in control. Every session includes an electroacupuncture mini treatment designed to set off a beta-endorphin cascade, designed to soothe pain and smooth the mind.

Mind-Body Subscription Service

$75

The monthly service includes one mind-body balance check, one 30-minute private meditation/qigong class, one herbal product and 15% off any additional service or product used or purchased that month. An initial 3-month commitment is required. After that, cancel at any time before the 5th of the month.

Custom Medicinal Tea Service

$108

As we become an increasingly holistic health-conscious society, there is a growing desire for health-optimizing supplements and nutraceuticals. There are already many good products on the market. These supplements are usually loaded with a large number of adaptogens, mushroom, and plant-based substances. And while each of these has research-proven benefits, such a large number in just one formula, from the eye of Chinese herbalism, is not always optimal. Our custom medicinal tea service lets you tap into that herbal knowledge, honed over centuries, so you can devise a formula for you that is very clear and specific to your constitution and your goals for optimization. The service includes a holistic Eastern medical assessment to determine the perfect blend for you, as well as a one month supply of your custom medicinal tea.

Herbal-only consultation

$80 initial visit / $50 follow-up visits

Sensitive to needles? Or maybe you’re looking for services for your child? You can still benefit from the Eastern medical approach with our herbal-only consultations. And since no needles will be placed, these visits are available in telemedicine format.

Acupuncture Mini Treatments

$35

Got a migraine coming on? Or are your allergies stuffing you up too much? Certain symptoms can be quickly cleared with a needle or two with deft needle technique applied. These are “community style” treatments lasting up to 15 minutes and are provided in a zero-gravity chair in the common area. Established patients only. See our FAQ for other rules and restrictions.

Herbal Mini Treatments

$5-10

Got a fire ant bite or any other type of red tender painful bump? How about a nasty bruise you just got bumping into a table? Or mosquito bite that’s itching to the point of distraction? Come in for a one-time application of either Five Venoms Powder, Iron Palm Bruise Liniment, or White Flower for itches and aches. Or pick up a single dose of one of Yi Guan’s herbal tea remedies, including some varieties not for sale otherwise. These herbal mini-treatments Include a discount on the full herbal product if purchased at time of service.

Private Meditation/Qi Gong Class

$30

30-min private classes

Group Tai Chi Class

$15

30- to 45-min group classes

Tea Pricing

Calm Down Cookie Mix

$25

Based after the formula Yi Gan San or Restrain the Liver powder, this pediatric formula was designed to smooth and subdue the liver and clear heat. In other words, to calm you down. It is has been used to restrain flares of temper tantrums, irritability, and impatience. Classically served as a powdered tea, that same powder can be put into cookies with virtually the same effect. Add this herb powder to a cookie recipe and the next time you need to cool down, just have a cookie!

Ingredients include: atractylodis rhizome, poria, angelica sinensis, Chinese foxglove, bupleuri radix, licorice root, and uncaria vine

Calm Voice

$25

If you have a dry, scratchy throat, or a hoarse voice from overuse, have a cup of this to calm things down. This formula is also available as honey pills.

Ingredients: Sterculia seed, loquat leaf, Ophiopogon tuber, figwort root

Calm Voice Pills

$40

If you have a dry, scratchy throat, or a hoarse voice from over use, have a few of these honey pills to calm things down. This formula is also available as a powdered tea.

Ingredients: Sterculia seed, loquat leaf, ophiopogon, figwort root, honey, isatis leaf powder

Dragon Grass Foot Soak

$35

After a long hard day, what could be better than soaking your feet in a nice warm bath. Adding herbs is what! This mix of sophora root, artemesia, and safflower is designed to invigorate the blood to ease pain and stagnation. Adding dragon gallbladder grass and isatis leaf bark help with brittle cracked yellow toenails. Includes 3 bags, enough for 1 week of foot tingling soaks.

Fill a basin or pot with hot water up to ankle height. Put the bag in the hot water, wait roughly 20 minutes for the water to cool and for the herbs to steep in the water. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. Bag can be retained for second steeping the next day.

Dragon Powder

$50

This hot natured tea stokes the flames of the lower chamber. Use it to invigorate your yang energies, including your libido.

Ingredients: Dry fried aconite root, cinnamon, mutton tallow fried epimedii

Dream Sand

$30

Like powder from the Sandman’s pouch, this tea is designed to nourish and settle the spirit to help you fall into a restful sleep.

Ingredients: ziziphus seed, poria mushroom

Five Venoms Powder

$27

Based on the classic formula Wu Wei Xiao Du Yin (five flavored powder to eliminate toxins), this powder is mixed with warm water or warm rice wine (sake) to make a topical paste. It is designed for red, warm, sensitive skin lesions, making it perfect for treating acne or fire ant bites. The powder is sold with an application kit and instructions. Retain the glass vial and get refills of the powder for discounted prices.

Five Venoms Powder instructions:

Using the scooper, place enough powder to cover the lesion in the lid of the vial. Use the dropper to put 1 drop of warm water or warm sake onto the powder. Stir until evenly mixed, it should look like a thick paste. Add more powder if it is too thin. use the scoop to mix it and spread it in the bandage. Place the bandage over the lesion and retain for roughly 24 hours. There should be a slight tingling or itching within the first 15 minutes of applying the bandage. This is normal and expected. The powder does not expire. The vial should be enough for at least 20 bandages.

Free and Easy Wanderer

$40

This tea is designed to smooth emotions and nourish depletions. Named after the daoist philosophical concept of xiao yao, or free and easy wandering, this is the formula for those who could do with a bit of carefree wandering.

Ingredients include: bupleuri radix, angelicae sinensis, paeoniae radix, atractylodis radix, poria, zingiberis rhizome, herba mentha

Melange

$35

Created by famed Yuan Dynasty physician Zhu Danxi, this formula is designed to break the “six constraints”. For to move stagnation of the muscles, joints, digestive system, even the mind, use a serving of this spice mix to escape restraint.

Ingredients: Lovage rhizome, nutgrass rhizome, gardenia fruit seed, atractylodes rhizome, hawthrone fruit, cinnamon twig

Moonstruck Powder

$20

Enjoy a nice glass of red to soothe the nerves? Flavor your wine with “Settle the Emotions powder” (a formula from Sun Si Miao, the herb king of the Tang Dynasty).

Ingredients: ginseng radix, poria, acori rhizome, polygalae radix

Northwest Passage

$25

Stuffy nose? Nasal congestion? Sinus headache? This mixture disperses “wind”, unblocks the nose, and alleviates pain.

Ingredients: xanthii fructus, magnoliae flos, angelicae dahuricae radix

Pearl Soap

$11

Pearl powder has been a skin care treatment passed down from antiquity used to ensure clean, bright, beautiful skin. Our pearl soap incorporates herbs with known properties for healing and nourishing the skin. Made in collaboration with Austin-based artisanal soap creator Solid Soaps, this blend of topical herb powder and saponified olive, coconut, palm and castor oil with peppermint and tea tree essential oils can help bring some luster to your skin.

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Phoenix Powder

$40

Delicate and mysterious, use this tea to nourish and stimulate your yin nature including your libido.

Ingredients: Butterfly pea flower, schisandra fruit, reishi mushroom

Preserve Harmony Pills

$40

Feeling heavy, sluggish, or overstuffed after eating too much? Restore and preserve harmony with this mix of hawthorn fruit, tangerine peel, and ginger. Take a couple of these pills directly or dissolve them into warm water and drink like a tea.

Ingredients: Hawthorne fruit, tangerine peel, pinellia rhizome, poria mushroom, ginger, medicated leaven

Contains gluten

Unruffled

$25

Ever get all choked up, like there was something in your throat you couldn’t swallow down. Got a brow that won’t unfurrow? Containing magnolia bark, a known adaptogen, a cup of this will make things go down smoother.

Ingredients: Pinellia rhizome, magnolia bark, poria mushroom, ginger, perilla leaf

Windbreaker

$25

Also known as Jade Wind Screen powder, this tea augments qi and stabilizes the exterior. In other words, it boosts the immune system, for active issues or preventatively.

Ingredients: honey fried astragali radix, atractylodis rhizome, saposhnikoviae radix

Testimonials

Dr.Perez is excellent. I went to see him for migraines that I have had for over 20 years. He took his time to truly understand the root cause of the issue and not only did he help my migraines he improved my overall well-being. He is a talented, caring doctor and he is truly an expert in his field.

Lisa K., Bee Cave

I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Perez! He really listens to every detail, and always crafts a treatment that works. I’ve never worked with anyone this patient! He has helped me with everything from an upset stomach after antibiotics to facial palsy and I truly believe he is personally invested in improving my health. I strongly recommend him to anyone searching to improve their health.

Sarah W., Bee Cave

I feel very fortunate to have been treated by you. You have always managed to pinpoint the important areas to work on and now, finally, there is progress showing in those areas. As you say “acupuncture doesn’t happen overnight”. Thank you for your patience, concern, and persistence in my treatment.

Margaret C., Austin

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