Cinnabar Swan Healing Arts

Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine in Ashland, Oregon

About me

photo of Isabeau by Jason@JasonthePhotographer.comIsabeau Vollhardt, L.Ac.,
a 1996 alumna of Samra University of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM Diplomate in Acupuncture and Herbology, is licensed to practice in Oregon. She first experienced the healing art of acupuncture as a patient, beginning in 1984. Now, as an established practitioner she passes along the benefits she received to her patients and students.

photo by Jason the Photographer

Ms. Vollhardt’s training in acupuncture techniques includes Chinese and Japanese styles of needling, as well as treatment protocols based on orthopedics, ear acupuncture, face lift points, and Taoist uses of distal points (points away from the area of pain). Additionally, she employs moxibustion (burning of mugwort over certain points) for painful conditions, cupping, and gua sha (“scraping”) for muscle injuries. Herbal prescriptions are formulated for each individual, using both classical Chinese formulas and more modern herb combinations. For details on her academic training, see Isabeau’s academic curriculum vitae.

In addition to her clinical practice, she also teaches introductory level courses on Chinese Medicine theory at Southern Oregon University and Eastern Medicine Theory at Ashland Institute of Massage.

Over the past seventeen years, Ms. Vollhardt has continued studies of Kuang Ping Yang style T’ai Chi Ch’uan and Qi Gong history and theory, both of which led to learning Feng Shui (Chinese Art of Placement). For the past six years, she has been practicing shui long (water dragon) qi gong, culminating in an opportunity to meet the seminal group of practitioners in Astrakhan, Russia, in 2002. She is also a Reiki III Master (Usui school). Beginning in 2004, Ms. Vollhardt has taken up study of Iaido (Iai-Batto-Ho, Art of Drawing the Sword) at Siskiyou Aikikai under Sensei Darrell Bluhm, 6th Dan Aikido..

A published author in both fiction and non-fiction, Ms. Vollhardt has assisted other scholars in the TCM field by editing their manuscripts, including Dr. Zhu Ming with his English language translation of .Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine). Prior to becoming a health care professional, Ms. Vollhardt has worked in corporate/legal and customer service environments, and has appeared as an extra actor in TV and film.

Work at Cinnabar Swan Healing Arts wouldn’t be complete without the assistance of Nicholas T. Katt.


Samra University of Oriental MedicineSamra University of Oriental Medicine a private non-profit corporation, is the oldest school of Oriental Medicine in the United States. In 1979, Samra became the first school of Oriental Medicine to receive full institutional approval by the California State Department of Education. Samra’s Master of Oriental Medicine degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Schools of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Samra is known internationally as a premiere teaching institution. Samra’s reputation draws students from throughout the world. To accommodate students’ varying backgrounds, classes are taught separately in three languages: English, Mandarin Chinese, and Korean.The Samra University logo is the I Ching hexagram for t’ai/peace. This hexagram denotes a time in nature when heaven seems to be on earth…peace and blessing descend on all living things…a time of universal flowering and prosperity…peace means union, interrelation. The Chinese word, t’ai, means contentment, rest, peace, in the positive sense of unobstructed, complete union, bringing about a time of flowering and greatness.

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T’ai chi ch’uan literally translates as “grand ultimate fist”. The grand ultimate is symbolized by what we in the west call the ‘yin-yang symbol’ (the t’ai chi t’u). This symbol illustrates the concept of a still point at the center of dynamic movement.

T’ai chi ch’uan is an excellent adjunct to acupuncture treatment. Because it is a moving exercise, and the movements have been designed to promote qi flow in certain meridians in a certain sequence, it helps resolve many types of pain patterns. Its use of movement together with standing makes it ideal for women with menstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms, or women recovering from childbirth because it promotes free flow of qi through the uterus.