Herb & Tao is a Wellness Center including a community of wellness practitioners, a natural products apothecary, classes and more located in the South Loop Neighborhood of Chicago. We, in collaboration with our affiliated practitioners, specialize in Traditional Chinese/East Asian Medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture, reiki, massage therapy, stretch therapy, and curating what we have found to be some of the most effective natural products for health and wellness!
Tao is generally translated as “the Way.” Lao Tzu wrote the Tao Te Jing sometime between 4-600 BC, a classical work that describes the way to live in order to be in harmony with nature – balance of yin and yang. Other ancient cultures also acknowledge these original instructions for living which promote health and wellness for both humans and the earth. The beliefs and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are based on the philosophy of Tao, known as Taoism. In TCM, we use natural practices (acupuncture, qi gong, etc.) and ingredients (herbs & foods) to facilitate the ideal situation for the body’s own healing abilities to prevail. These methods promote harmony by reconnecting us to the way we were intended to live.
Herb & Tao subscribes to the belief that most herbs are food you just haven’t met yet! Chinese medicine relies heavily on thousands of years of records of how foods called herbs affect the body and how those effects can be used medicinally. We are intrigued and excited and owe a debt of gratitude to the Tao for these herbs! We utilize many types of herbs from homeopathy energy medicine to ready made formulas to custom ordered formulas for patients. See our natural apothecary page for more information.
Our Affiliated Practitioners
Ja’Nelle Jefferson, LAc MSTOM Dipl OM (NCCAOM)
Herb & Tao Acupuncture and Wellness – About Ja’Nelle
Ja’Nelle is Herb & Tao’s Practitioner of Chinese / East Asian medicine a.k.a. licensed acupuncturist. She offers Traditional East Asian medicine, acupuncture, and herbal medicine. She also has 10+ years experience recommending nutritional supplements. She specializes in women’s health and internal medicine such as immunity, digestive, emotional, respiratory health, etc.
Saphire has been working in wellness since 2017. She is a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Circuit Trainer through the Yoga Alliance, as well as a trained Stretch Therapist through StretchLab and NASM. She is currently pursuing her personal training certification. She created her business, The Travel Yogini LLC, in 2020. She aspires to offer yoga and other holistic retreats and experiences.
Shannon Tetteth, DACM MSTOM LMT
Dr. Tetteth currently offers individual massage therapy and qi gong group classes. He has a BS in nutrition as well as training and certification in medical cannabis. He is also an Ordained Taoist Priest.
If you are interested in attending his classes, please let him know the subjects, days and times you are interested in by clicking above to fill out the survey on his website!
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Affiliated Wellness Establishments
Teri Calandra, MSTOM Dipl OM (NCCAOM) LAc
Calandra Center for Health and Wellness
Calandra Center for Health & Wellness serves Chicago’s northwest suburbs from our Schaumburg location. We provide integrative healthcare services including acupuncture, herbal medicine, Reiki, Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET®), Lebowitz Protocol, and Access Consciousness Bars. We seek to nourish and support the health and wellbeing of everyone we work with – patients, students, teachers, practitioners – and to contribute to the health and vitality of our communities.
April Robinson, LCPC
Hyde Park Counseling & Therapy
April Robinson, is the owner and executive director of Hyde Park Counseling & Therapy. In her current practice she works from a wholistic frame with the goal of helping individuals reach a more healed, whole, integrated version of themselves. She has complimentary training that embodies eastern and western philosophies and supports the use of narrative techniques, somatic body-based techniques, trauma focused techniques, mind-body- spirit integration techniques, arts based therapies, play therapies in addition to standard talk therapy when appropriate or useful. Specific Stress and Trauma Informed or Experiential techniques she is trained in include: EFT, EMDR, BTT, BCST, Reiki, play therapy, psychodrama, drama therapy, movement based techniques, meditation.
Chicago Birthworks Collective
At the heart of Chicago Birthworks Collective is our passion to empower Black families through an amazing pregnancy journey. Our collective of trained doulas and birth workers offer support and education through excellent care and luxury services. Whether it’s your first child or your fifth, we are here to help you navigate the healthcare system, teach you how to advocate for your rights, and curate a birth experience that celebrates your growing family.