Cara Frank has been a practitioner and teacher of Acupuncture and Chinese herbology since 1993. She is a popular lecturer, known especially for her clear and humorous teaching style. Cara has demystified Chinese Herbology for acupuncturists, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, botanists and researchers.

Cara’s initial training was at the New England School of Acupuncture where she is a 1983 graduate. She is a 1988 graduate of Empire State College, where she received a Bachelors of Professional Studies in Chinese Medical Studies. Her herbal training was with Ted Kaptchuk, OMD, Simon Mills and at the Xi Yuan Hospital in Beijing, China. It was in China, that her love affair with Chinese herbs took root, and still flourishes. Recently, Cara has studied Classical Formulas with Dr Huang Huang of Nanjing.

In 1991, she founded China Herb Company, which was the first mail order compounding Chinese herbal dispensary in the United States. Cara has developed a line of her own herbal formulas, including formulas for cancer support, respiratory and pediatric health under the brand name “Six Fishes Chinese Herbs.”

Cara is the founder of Six Fishes Chinese Medicine, an acupuncture and herb practice with two locations in Philadelphia. She leads a team of TCM practitioners who specialize in herbology, EENT disorders, pediatrics and internal medicine.

Cara has been an instructor of Chinese Herbology since 1996. She was the director of the department of Chinese herbology at the Tai Sophia Institute from 2003 to 2011. Currently, Cara is the Director of the Department of Chinese Herbology at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies in Glenside, PA. Cara created the entire department, designed an innovative curriculum and is the primary instructor of the program. Using classical texts along with the modern teaching methodology and the latest technology, she developed a website for the class that included photographs, podcasts, handouts, class blogs to enhance the students learning experience.

Cara lives with her husband and rescue dog in Center City, Philadelphia. She was an accomplished chef in her former career, and an avid gardener. When she isn’t busy with a full acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice or teaching, she can usually be found in her award-winning garden or in her kitchen cooking something delicious.

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Prices for Appointments with Cara Frank:
Initial Acupuncture Appointment $150

Follow Up Appointments $95

Initial Chinese Herb Appointment * $110

Follow Up Visits $60

* The cost of herbs or supplements is additional.


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!

Pros: visits are like a 4year old to the cookie jar – comfortable warm surroundings, with goodie benefits

S.C.