Founded by Cara Frank, Six Fishes Healing Arts is located in a beautiful cherry-paneled, art filled office that is conveniently located in Center City, Philadelphia. We specialize in treating gynecology, family and internal medicine. Our caring and experienced team treats a wide range of disorders that affect people at all stages of life utilizing acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping, gua sha, moxibustion, homeopathy, nutritional counseling and massage therapy. .

Our practitioners work with a multitude of complex health problems, including allergies, musculo-skeletal disorders, digestive problems, headaches, pediatric complaints, PMS, menopause, hormonal imbalances, fertility and the side effects of cancer treatments.

Our acupuncturists value clinical excellence and precision: we write custom formulas to meet our patients’ exact needs, maximizing clinical results. We maintain a large Chinese herb dispensary to fill your custom written herb formula in-house. 

Six Fishes Healing Arts offers a range of expert massage therapy modalities. 


  • 750 South 15th Street
  • Philadelphia PA 19146
  • Tel (215) 772-0770
  • Fax (215) 772-0770


Monday: Massage Only 5:00PM - 8:00PM

Tuesday: Cara:  8:00AM - 6:00PM

Wednesday: Massage 12:30PM - 7:00PM 

Thursday: 8:00AM-1PM

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Massage 9:00Am-12:00

Frequently Asked Questions

What will my first appointment be like?

You’ll be welcomed into the office and then given an iPad open to our electronic health record system. The initial intake is carefully detailed, so your first visit is longer than follow-up treatments.

After the office forms are completed, you’ll have an extensive intake session, covering a wide range of questions, serving as a foundation for our differential diagnosis and treatment strategy.

Some of the questions may seem entirely irrelevant to your condition, for example, asking about the quality of your bowel movements when you came in for back pain or your emotional state when you came in for menstrual problems. The answers you provide to the questions, however, along with other basic diagnostic tools such as looking at your tongue, palpating your abdomen, feeling your pulse, allows us to tailor the treatment specifically to you.

Most of the time, if you have come for acupuncture, you can expect to be treated at the first visit. The individualization of the treatment is one of the strong points of oriental medicine. It is why people may experience broad changes within themselves after receiving acupuncture for a specific complaint. It also means that the treatments can be modified over time if they are not proving effective.

Do I have to take a raw herb formula at Six Fishes?

No! We are passionate about Chinese herbal medicine, but we know that herbs have a strong taste that may not be agreeable to everyone. We also know that some people can’t cook herbs. For your convenience, we offer herbs in liquid, granular and pill form. We feel that the herbs that work the best are the ones that you are willing to take. That said, there are some circumstances where the higher quality of a raw herb formula makes it necessary to use them, even for a short while, and in that case, we’ll discuss it with you. For acute infections, or for fertility, we feel strongly that we get the best clinical results with customized raw herb formulas.

What do you charge?

The practitioners at Six Fishes Healing Arts are independent practitioners working together as a collective. Each practitioner has established their own fee schedule based upon their training and experience. At the bottom of every page in the Our Staff section you can find each person's services and rates.

Best combination acupuncture, herbologist, caregiver in her area. – Well, where to start:

I found Cara via a circuitous route of desperate calls and failed visits to Chinese ‘professionals’ to complement my traditional medicine. I’d been to Chinese doctors who, though I’m certain ‘knew their business’, were unable to extend a personal and caring element that I immediately felt when I contacted Cara. I knew as soon as I spoke to her on the phone, and spent a full 1/2 hour telling her of the myriad of coexistent problems I was experiencing. Though initially I contacted her for womens’ health issues and simple gallstones, eventually, I ended up with very serious health concerns that she was able to assist with as well. She weaves her natural approach to care with a solid awareness of traditional approaches, and - on the rare occasion when purely natural approach is not sufficient on its own - will recommend a solid combined approach. She is not focused solely on her own type of care, if a combination of several ends up helping her patient. It’s not even a question as to whether I would recommend her. I’ve done so repeatedly in the more than 10 years I’ve known her!