About Turtle Dragon


About Turtle Dragon Health Services

Turtle Dragon was established in 1994 with the intention of bringing to Austin the many benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and culture. Based upon timeless principles of balance and harmony, we employ and instruct an alternative and complementary perspective on health, wellness, longevity, and sustainable self-care techniques. 


Our perspective is entirely holistic and is ultimately prevention based.  We provide consultations in acupuncture, Chinese plant medicine, nutrition and dietetics, and meditation.  The health care staff is available by appointment to provide treatment for a wide variety of chronic and acute disorders. Please visit our Services page for more information on our services and related fees.


Our store stocks over 600 different raw Chinese medicinal herbs and over 300 Chinese patented herbal formulas.  We also sell Feng Shui supplies, books, meditation supplies, various asian antiquities and curiosities including teaware, incense, jade, bronze, scholar stones, penjing and paintings. 

What is a Turtle Dragon?


The Turtle Dragon is an ancient mythological creature from China. It can be found in sculptural carvings throughout many of the temples and palaces of China. It is one of the nine dragon sons, chosen and prized by the emperors of China as a symbol of power, wisdom and longevity. It combines both the physical and the philosophical attributes of the Dragon and Turtle.

The Dragon is one of China’s most complex and multi-tiered symbols. It is a physical conglomerate of various animals including the scales of a fish, the horns of a deer and the talons of an eagle. It lies in the east representing power and fertility, controlling the spring rains and watery movements of the heavens.

The Turtle or Tortoise, another symbol of China’s ancient past, was said to “conceal the secrets of Heaven and Earth.” It has always been an enigmatic and highly symbolic creature representing longevity and steadfastness. Together they make the Turtle Dragon a remarkable being of strength, agility and balance between heaven and earth.