7750 Montpelier Road, Laurel, http://www.tai.edu, (410) 888-9048, ext. 6630
The Tai Sophia Institute in Laurel is one of the nation's leading schools of holistic health, offering masters degrees in Chinese herbs, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. The schools' students need to practice on someone, and why shouldn't it be you? At Tai Sophia's clinic, herbalists- and acupuncturists-in-training offer the full naturopathic treatment under the watchful eye of their teachers, and at a fraction of the cost of your average wellness experience. (The school also offers free wellness programs for people struggling with addiction at its satellite clinic in Baltimore City.) Expect a tongue examination, a full emotional and physical health history, and intimate questions about your bowel movements.