Using glass or silicone cups to create a vacuum to increase warmth and circulation. The cupping method feels similar to a deep tissue massage but instead pulls the stagnant blood and lactic acid stuck in the muscle layer to the surface allowing your body to naturally expel the toxins.


Amorous octopus marks may occur (Michael Phelps’ back at the Olympics for example) but dissipate after a few days.


A gentle scraping of the skin surface using a smooth tool to increase circulation. Leaves similar markings as the cups, but also dissipates after a few days. The discoloration is due to the blood stagnation raising to the surface to be expelled. The darker the color, the more the body needed it


Castor oil packs are a traditional remedy that are said to help with skin, liver or digestive conditions because of the special fatty acids in castor oil. The heat from the hot pack allows the castor oil to sink deeper into the skin, muscles, and fascia (connective tissue) of the area. Adding liniments can further benefit pain conditions while relaxing the muscles and soothing the area.


Dried mugwort leaves are rolled into a stick or placed on the end of needles, then burned as a warming therapy during treatment.

Where acupuncture needles initiate movement and circulation while promoting your body’s own supplementing tendencies, moxibustion and herbs add strength and nourishment directly to the body.

*Note: I use smokeless moxa in my office, eliminating the smoke and strong smell of traditional moxibustion.


Acupuncture points are stimulated using a safe, gentle electrical current. Similar to a TENS unit but with the electricity pulsing through the needles and deeper into the body.


Designed by Dr. Manaka of Japan, Ion Pumping Cords are the fastest, and most effective way to move Qi exactly where it needs to go.

A germanium diode in the center of the cord directs the flow of Qi from the black clip to the red clip, which redistributes excess Qi to deficient points via acupuncture needles to create balance.


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147 E. Main St. STE 102

Brevard, NC. 28712


Business Hours: 

Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat: 11 am-5 pm

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