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.


Electrical acupuncture is the application of electrical current to acupuncture needles in order to stimulate the points with a safe, gentle electrical current. This provides continuous stimulation in order to benefit the body, especially in regards to neurological diseases, fertility enhancement, pain, and more. Similar to a TENS unit but with the electricity pulsing through the needles deeper into the body as opposed to pads placed on the skin.


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.



Lasers are a non-needle technique used to stimulate acupuncture points and channels. By applying to specific points on the body, healthy flow of Qi (energy) is restored and symptoms are relieved. The red laser is is associated with energy and tonification (good for building strength in the body) while the blue laser is associated with relaxation, sedation, and tranquility (good for inflammation, excess conditions, and calming).


This treatment is completely painless, and just as effective as a traditional acupuncture session. An excellent alternative for children and sensitive patients. 




A non-needle technique used in pediatric acupuncture. Shonishin literally translates as sho“little”, ni “children”, and shin “needle”.

Using small tools, as opposed to needles, the practitioner rhythmically strokes, rubs, taps and presses the skin to produce a variety of gentle stimulation sensations at acupuncture points or along channels. 


Stimplus Pro

Auriculotherapy (ear acupuncture) is a powerful way to treat the entire body through a microsystem approach. 
There are literally hundreds of auricular points and areas on the human ear, which can make choosing only a few to treat quite 
The Stimplus Pro provides exact point location by determining the active points and is able to provide a gentle but powerful microcurrent treatment. Ear seeds are typically applied to continue the 
treatment benefits for up to five days. This device can also be used to stimulate body points on children



Pointoselect Digital

The Pointoselect Digital is the most advanced auriculotherapy point detection and treatment device on the market. Bipolar point detection with adjustable sensitivity ensures precisely the right point is found and treated. This device treats both deficient and excess points, meaning the right polarity is applied to the point based on what it needs (tonification or sedation). 

This device is also useful for body points, acting as a non-needle technique. By applying gentle micro-current to acupuncture points, balance is achieved. Excellent for children and needle sensitive patients.

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147 E. Main St. STE 102

Brevard, NC. 28712


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Monday-Saturday 10am - 5pm


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