Meet the Team - Cara Frank

Meet the Team - Cara Frank

Cara Frank is an acupuncturist, herbalist, teacher and author. In practice for over 30 years, Cara has treated thousands of patients with Chinese Medicine. She is the president of China Herb Company, which was the first mail order compounding Chinese herbal dispensary in the United States. She is the Academic Director of the Department of Chinese Herbology at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies. Cara is a popular lecturer, known especially for her clear and humorous teaching style.

Cara was raised in a health food store in Brooklyn NY. When she was 8 she cartwheeled 5 miles from Greenwich Village through Soho and Chinatown and across the Brooklyn Bridge. For over 30 years she has had the same crazy passion for Chinese medicine.

At 17, Cara had her first acupuncture treatment. At 20 she enrolled in acupuncture school. 1n 1998 she went to China to study where she fell deeply in love with herbs and has never recovered.

She has recently completed a book of commentary on 45 chapters of ears, eyes, nose and throat disorders for People’s Medical Publishing House. Publication is expected in 2015

Cara believes that Chinese Medicine is one of the most pragmatic and effective options to treat disease and alleviate suffering. Even after so many years of practice, Cara derives enormous satisfaction and feels huge gratitude helping people to feel better.

A 1983 graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture, she received her herbal training was with Ted Kaptchuk, 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 flourished. Cara has advanced training in supportive cancer care, pediatrics, Chinese Medical classics and cosmetic acupuncture. Recently, Cara has studied with Dr. Huang Huang of Nanjing. She has also volunteered treating firefighters and first responders. She freely donates acupuncture treatments to community fund-raising benefits.

Cara has developed a line of her own herbal formulas, including formulas for respiratory diseases, cancer support and pediatric conditions under the brand name “Six Fishes Chinese Herbs.”

Cara is devoted to Chinese Herbal education. She has taught the topic since 1996. From 2003 to 2011 she was the director of the department of Chinese herbology at the Tai Sophia Institute. Currently, she is the Academic Director of the Department of Chinese Herbology at the Won Institute of Graduate Studies and is the programs’ primary instructor. Using classical texts in concert with modern technology, she has developed a rigorous and dynamic program.

Cara lives with her husband, her college-age children and her puppy in Center City Philadelphia where she maintains a full acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice. When she’s not teaching, treating patients or writing, you can usually find her in her award-winning garden or in the kitchen cooking something delicious to feed her friends and family.

To hear more from Cara, click here to view her video interview

Cara Frank’s office hours at Six Fishes Healing Arts are Tuesdays from 8am-6pm, Thursdays from 8am-1pm and Wednesdays at Six Fishes Neighborhood from 12-6pm. Schedule your appointment today!

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

Follow Up Appointments $95

Initial Chinese Herb Appointment * $100

Follow Up Visits $60

* The cost of herbs or supplements is additional.

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In January of 2016 I had an hysterosalpingogram (HSG). This test showed that both of my fallopian tubes were blocked at the midsections. Although never diagnosed, I believe the blockages were due to endometriosis, which caused scar tissue around my fallopian tubes. The fertility specialist that performed the HSG told us that we would never conceive naturally, ie without IVF. I came to Cara in May of 2016 with blind hope. The initial consultation was in depth and covered many aspects of my health, emotional state and lifestyle. I finally felt that I was being listened to about my health issues and concerns. She guided me through dietary changes and supplements after that initial 2 hour appointment. Then we started with acupuncture and herbs and I soon noticed a difference with my periods. We monitored my cycles together. Through the whole process I never let myself lose hope and Cara was my cheerleader through it all! In Jan of 2017 I felt it was time to get another HSG to see if any progress had been made. To schedule this I needed to see a fertility specialist. We went to a different medical office and this specialist took a brief glance at my chart from my previous fertility testing and continued to council me on IVF as my only option. The fertility doctor was reluctant to order me another HSG, but finally agreed to write an order for the testing. My GYN performed the HSG in February of 2017 and to everyone’s surprise, BOTH tubes were completely OPEN. Despite having turned 40, we conceived naturally the next month and now I have a very active (downright wiggly) 5 month old. If it wasn’t for Cara Frank my daughter wouldn’t be here. I can never thank her enough for my little fish!

M.D.