acupuncture treatment


Acupuncture has been repeatedly proven to reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and increase blood circulation. It does so by activating qi and blood along meridians, or channels, that travel the length of the body. While science has not yet discovered the full means by which Chinese Medicine works, it has been shown to effect the electrical and nervous systems of the body, impact neurotransmitters, and reduce substance P (which is responsible for the sensation of pain). Amazingly, Chinese Medicine works on physical, emotional and mental levels, offering a full spectrum of healing.


Blue Heron’s acupuncturists received their Master’s Degrees in Chinese Medicine from four-year graduate degree programs. They are nationally certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed to practice in South Carolina.

Rooted in the teachings of Classical Chinese Medicine, their education consisted of four years of rigorous study, including a 2-year, 800-hour internship. Components of this curriculum included acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutrition, dietary therapy, tui na massage, and qi gong. The programs they attended emphasized a strong foundation in Western medicine in order to provide the best patient care. In their practice, Blue Heron’s acupuncturists integrate knowledge of Chinese and Western medicine and make referrals to other practitioners for specialized or additional care, as needed.

Lisa, AshleeCythera, and Laura have studied under Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and a leader in bringing Classical Chinese Medicine to the West. In their practices, they employ the Five Meridian System (Primary, Luo, Eight Extraordinary, Sinew and Divergent meridians). Karmal practices Five Element Acupuncture. All five practitioners utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine and the NADA addictions protocol. These methods provide an array of tools with which they can best meet patients’ needs.


Initial treatments last between 75 and 90 minutes – see Your Visit for detailed information on your first appointment.  Follow-up treatments are between 1 and 1 1/2 hours. These include acupuncture and an herbal consultation (cost of herbs is additional). Your treatment may include additional therapeutic techniques, such as massage, moxa, gua sha and cupping. Essential oils, nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice are offered when applicable. Our acupuncture treatments encourage relaxation and restoration.


Yes, children benefit from Chinese medicine, too! Commonly treated ailments include digestive issues, trouble sleeping, headaches, asthma, eczema, rashes, colds and flus, ear infections, bedwetting, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, teething pains, and moodiness or other emotional disturbances. In addition to acupuncture (or if your child is afraid of needles), we may use herbs, essential oils, tuning forks, moxa, cupping and/or gua sha to improve your child’s health. Learn more about children’s acupuncture treatments.


These longer, combined treatments are designed to be the ultimate pampering experience while also enhancing your health and sense of wellbeing. Immerse yourself in relaxation and reflection with acupuncture and massage. At your request, we may additionally prescribe herbs, nutritional counseling and lifestyle advice as part of your treatment.


Rejuvenate your appearance naturally! Diminish puffiness, wrinkles, discoloration, acne and inflammation, tone and lift, regenerate skin cells and give your collagen a boost with acupuncture, facial cupping and gua sha. Learn more about facial acupuncture treatments.


These ancient techniques increase circulation to your face, resulting in increased collagen, fewer wrinkles, and a healthy glow. They also encourage lymphatic drainage, reducing puffiness and bags around your eyes, tone and lift your skin, regenerate skin cells and calm inflammation. Learn more about facial cupping and gua sha.


Life can be challenging, and sometimes you need support on a daily basis. The ear acupuncture weekly package is offered for those struggling with addiction or an emotional crisis…or just needing a helping hand in the midst of a tumultuous time. With this package, you can come in once per day for ear acupuncture (4 days of the week). If a private treatment room is not available, you may receive your treatment in the lobby. We will not spend a lengthy time talking, but you will receive a thorough ear treatment with time to rest and rejuvenate. Ear acupuncture is very calming while strengthening your willpower to resist cravings. Applicable conditions include quitting smoking, drinking or drugs, food addictions or cravings, sexual addiction, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, among others. Treatment available during the operating hours of your selected acupuncturist’s 4-day business week.

Please see our PRICING page for rates.