About Us

We're Chica

Hi! Elise and Cassidy here, co-founders of Chica, and we get it that periods can be a real pain. Whether your period is a small nuisance or a major disruption to your life, we’re on a mission to make periods less of a pain, one menustrator, one month, one Chica at a time.

Before we started Chica, our periods were probably a lot like yours. Each month (or however frequently our period chose to show up) brought unpleasantries like bloating and cramping, nausea and digestive issues, heavy bleeding, clusters of chin pimples and big ugly zits (you know the kind). Ugh.

In some months things were so bad, we put things we had planned to do… fun things… on hold, just because we had our period. 

What we didn’t realize when we struggled with our periods as teenagers, was that a natural, time-tested, holistic solution was right under our noses.

Co-founder Cassidy’s father, Marco Lam, LAc, MSOM, had been using an ancient blend of Chinese herbs with great success in his acupuncture clinic, helping women balance their hormones and ease their periods. He suggested we try it, and Chica was born. 

So if you’ve been told, “that’s just how it is,” or “there’s nothing you can really do about it,” or “maybe you should just get on the pill,” we can promise you that that just isn’t true.  You CAN get your life back from your period, and Chica can help.

Cassidy Lam

From the start, I struggled with pain and heavy bleeding, but my strategy was to take a painkiller and pretend it wasn’t happening, which didn’t work that well. My dad had women coming to his clinic for similar issues, but I didn’t want to deal with the intimidating herbal blends. This all changed when Elise and I connected over struggling with our periods in college. I started the Chica herbs and have enjoyed easier periods ever since. In addition to helping people feel better WITH their period, I’m passionate about ending stigmas around menstruation, so we can feel good about our period too.

Elise Morgan

My period got tough in college when I began having intense cramps and ugly, acne flare ups. On a visit home, Cassidy, her parents and I were sitting around her kitchen table talking. I was on my period and feeling rotten, and Marco suggested I try the Chinese herbal formulation that is now Chica. I did, and month over month things got better, even though I still had the stress of being at school. I’m passionate about empowering people to feel better every day of the month and discover the power of herbs.

Marco Lam sits at a desk, his computer is in front of him. In the background are shelves full of jars of Chinese herbs.
Marco Chung-Shu Lam

Marco Chung Shu Lam, LAc, MSOM, haș practiced Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture for over twenty years. In this time, he has become well known for helping women discover easy and regular menstrual cycles. Marco draws from his Chinese heritage an affinity for both traditional Chinese medicine and the Taoist world view. He practices a living system of herbalism and integrates the traditional Chinese herbology with the use of many local medicinal herbs that he harvests himself. He invites you to the path of Chinese Medicine and to the fullness of health that you can experience.

Venn diagram graphic representing the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The middles shows that Traditional Chinese Medicine includes acupuncture, herbalism, bodywork, movement, and diet. The interconnecting elements of Traditional Chinese medicine are Body, Essence & Qi, Spirit.

Chica & TCM

Chica’s herbal offerings come from thousands of years of knowledge from Traditional Chinese Medicine.

We are overjoyed by the stories our customers have shared of the joy of an easier period, and we can’t wait to share Chica with you.


Fungus & Root

Scierotium Poriae Cocos / Fu Ling / 茯苓 Scierotium Pararadicis Poriae Cocos / Fu Shen / 茯神

Poria calms the heart and soothes nerves, helping with anxiety and insomnia. Additionally, Poria drains dampness, an excess of moisture that the body collects in the wrong places and makes us feel heavy and fatigued (hello moodiness).

Chinese Salvia


Radix Salviae Miltiorrhizae / Dan Shen / 丹參

Salvia root nourishes the blood and heart, and calms the spirit. Salvia works with Schisandra and Zizyphus in Chica Chill to help relieve insomnia.



Radix Rehmanniae Preparata / Sheng Di Huang / 熟地黄

Rehmannia root is your Yin nourisher, supporting calm and cold in your system. With its additional ability to help cool blood, increase fluids, and clear heart fire; Rehmannia is a star herb for soothing and preventing heat flashes.

Polygala / Thin-Leaf Milkwort


Radix Polygalae Tenuifoliae / Yuan Zhi / 元志

Polygala root nourishes the Heart, and helps soothe nerves and restlessness.

Schisandra / Chinese Magnolia


Fructus Schisandrae Chinensis / Wu Wei Zi / 五味子

Schisandra berry is famous for featuring all five flavors of Traditional Chinese Medicine: bitter, sweet, salty, sour, hot. This means that Schisandra is completely energetically balanced, promoting overall health and vitality. Schisandra helps relieve night sweats, insomnia, and hormonal imbalances. Schisandra is also rich in antioxidants that are thought to protect from free radicals and other toxins in the environment that may cause cellular damage. 

Platycodon / Balloon Flower


Radix Platycodi / Jie Geng / 桔梗

Platycodon root is a neutral balancing herb, meaning it is not especially Yin or Yang. Platycodon is nourishing for the lungs, which in TCM, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.

Scrophularia / Figwort


Radix Scrophulariae / Xuan Shen / 玄參

Scrophularia root nourishes Yin, drains fire, and cools the blood. Scrophularia is particularly soothing for irritability.

Ophiopogon / Dwarf Lilyturf


Tuber Ophiopogonis Japonici / Mai Men Dong / 麦门冬

Ophiopogon tuber works with Asparagus to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.



Radix Stemonae / Bai Bu / 百部

Stemona root is a balancing herb in the Chica Chill formula. Stemona is nourishing for the lungs, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is the organ that supports Qi and fluid flow throughout the body.



Radix Glycyrrhizae / Gan Cao / 甘草

Licorice acts as a unifier, balancing the formula and amplifying the properties of the other herbs.

Zizyphus / Sour Jujube


Semen Zizyphi Spinosae / Suan Zao Ren / 酸枣仁

Zizyphus seed nourishes the heart and calms the spirit. Zizyphus helps relieve insomnia, irritability, and anxiety.



Radix Ginseng / Ren Shen / 人参

Ginseng root, one of the most famous herbs in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is known for its ability to strengthen Qi and support life vitality. Ginseng nourishes the Heart and calms the spirit, helping reduce anxiety and insomnia.

Acorus / Grassleaf Sweetflag


Rhizoma Acori Tatarinowii / Shi Chang Pu / 石菖蒲

Acorus helps relieve internal heat and is a favorite herb for reducing frequent insomnia.

Eucommia / Chinese Rubber Tree


Cortex Eucommiae Ulmoidis / Du Zhong / 杜仲

Eucommia bark balances the Chica Chill formula by offering Yang properties. Eucommia is also nourishing for the heart, and has been featured in research in Western medicine for its ability to help lower blood pressure.

Angelica / Dong Quai


Radix Angelicae Sinensis / Dong Quai / 当归

Angelica root is sometimes described as the “female ginseng,” due to its fame for supporting a healthy and regular menstrual cycle. Angelica root strengthens blood and energizes circulation. In Chica Chill, Angelica root balances the herbal formula with its Yang properties.

Biota / Arborvitae


Semen Platycladi / Bai Zi Ren / 柏子仁

Biota seed benefits memory and promotes restful sleep by nourishing the heart and calming the spirit.

Chinese Asparagus


Tuber Asparagi Cochinensis / Tian Men Dong / 天门冬

Asparagus root works with Ophiopogon to nourish Yin and clear heat throughout the system. These plants also provide moisture and relieve restlessness.

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