Category Archives: Custom Services

Get the right herbal formula the first time.

Doing research online to locate the right formula for you can be daunting, confounding, irritating. That’s why Eagle Herbs provides a live consultation service.

For all the exciting details plus a few mundane points, please see the “Customized Herb Formulas” page.

Be well, be VERY well…

Oh, the link below talking about how to take a good tongue picture is part of the process of the consultation. I gotta put it somewhere, so there it is.

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Los Angeles Zhong Yi, Al Stone

Eagle Herbs' Al Stone, winner of Los Angeles Magazine's Best Zhong Yi 2011 award.

What’s a zhong yi? In China, that means simply a doctor of Chinese internal medicine*. An acupuncturist is like the Western medicine surgeon, while the zhong yi is more like the pharmacist or the internal medicine doctor. The zhong yi and the acupuncturist speak the same language and some of our treatment principles overlap somewhat, but the tools we use are different. I use herbs exclusively. At we provide these herbs in convenient flavor crystals optionally placed in capsules.

That’s what I do. Chinese internal medicine*. You don’t have to be Chinese of course, it works for everybody equally well. :)

There are three ways to interact with me.

bullet point graphicUsing the free consultation form. The email response you will be sent (usually within 24 hours) provides links to specific formulas at this site that can help you regulate, support, encourage and moderate your body’s structures and functions. It’s quick, it’s free. It’s available 24/7. What’re you waiting for?

bullet point graphicThe telephone consultation. This is the best choice for those who want a customized formula where each and every ingredient is perfectly suited to your particular needs. The cost is $100 for the first month which includes enough flavor crystals to last you 3-4 weeks. You can have that encapsulated too for an additional $40.

bullet point graphicThe in-person consultation. This is for those who can get to the Station Pharmacy¬†at 1820 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica CA., 90403. Consultations are by appointment only. Appointments are $150 for the tongue assessment, pulse taking, lots of questions, plus the first month’s worth of customized herb formula. Please contact us to initiate that process. I see patients during the following times:


Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 3 pm
(last appointment scheduled at 3 pm)

Looking forward to hearing from you soon!

Al Stone, L.Ac., DAOM (Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine*)

*There are oodles of laws that prevent me from claiming to be a doctor or using medicine to help patients. These two terms (doctor and medicine) are used on this page only for the sake of clarity and should not be taken to mean that Al Stone is a physician using drugs to fix diseases. Only “doctors” using “medicine” can treat “disease”. Al Stone has a doctorate in Oriental medicine and uses herbs to balance, regulate, support and promote health.

Modern prescriptions are written with a pen however, ponytails are still popular among herbalists.

First-Time Custom-Blended Herb Formula

Modern prescriptions are written with a pen however, ponytails are still popular among herbalists.

Here at, our goal is to provide you a means by which you can get the right formula for yourself. One option is the Free Consultation offer.

Still, there are many times in which the experienced know-how of a seasoned clinician can not only get you the right formula, but modify it to fit your very exacting needs.

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How to Take a Useful Tongue Picture

An important part of the diagnostic process in Chinese medicine is taking a look at the appearance of the tongue. Here’s your quick-start instructions.

Quick-Start Guide

  1. Simply take a picture of your tongue sticking out of your mouth.
  2. Do this outside, but do it in the shade. This way I know that I’m getting the most accurate color.
  3. Don’t “point” your tongue out. Let it fall out like a dog that is panting. This allows me to see the natural shape of your tongue.

That’s it for those who prefer simple instructions. For everybody else, please read below. :)
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Telephone Consultation Only

If you have a local Chinese herb pharmacy, you may not need Eagle Herbs to provide you with your herbs.

However, for whatever reason, sometimes it is difficult to get a decent consultation from these pharmacies. In this case, you are welcome to make use of Eagle Herbs’ extensive experience in Chinese herbalism.

A $50 consultation will take around 30 minutes, meaning between 15 and 45 minutes. Basically, if you’re in a hurry, we can usually get the information that I need inside of 20 minutes, but many people have a few questions too, so things can take a bit longer. The consultation includes 3 or 4 follow-up emails especially when it is time to re-order.

The outcome of this process is either the name of a formula that will benefit you, or the individual ingredients should you be in a position to have a custom formula filled at your local Chinese herb pharmacy.

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