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Your Liver + Stress

As we move into Spring, we acupuncturists begin to see more involvement of the Liver in patients’ health patterns. Coupled with the Gall Bladder to represent the Wood element, the Liver manifests creativity, direction, justice and vision.  At the same time, when the flow of the Liver is disrupted, one experiences stress, anger, frustration, irritability, jealousy and guilt. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

Stress: we all have it, and there is no avoiding it in life. Not all stress is bad though. Short term stress is normal and expected in life. So, when does stress become the perpetrator of illness and disease? ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

Chronic, long term and intense stress have been shown to have harmful effects on the body. Stress places your organs, especially the endocrine (hormone producing) system, into overdrive wreaking havoc on your body. This imbalance causes body systems to function poorly and cause diseases such as high blood pressure, weight gain, hair loss, missed periods, appetite fluctuations and many other illnesses. ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀

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Essential Oils for Immune, Stress + More

Some of our favorite essential oils to diffuse, spray or inhale these days:

General immune support for viral conditions: Eucalyptus Globulus Tea Tree 🍃

Immune support + stress reduction: Lemon Lavender 🍋

Stop pandemics/quickly spreading conditions: Palmarosa Ravensare 🔥

Strengthen the system/deeper immune support: Pine Fir 🌲

Spices to support circulation, warm the system and break through dampness/phlegm: Cinnamon Thyme Basil (basically all the spices) ❤️

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Women’s Health Matters

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine excel at supporting women’s health through all stages of life.  From the earliest days of menstruation through fertility and pregnancy, menopause and beyond, we support your vibrant health and wellbeing, alleviate discomfort, and help you gain a better understanding of your body and what your symptoms mean.  

As Nicole LaFountain, L.Ac., explains, “Chinese medicine is here to help you reconnect with your womb and support your healing process. As practitioners of Chinese medicine, we recognize that in order to heal we must work with the entire body and support you as a whole. This is a collaborative effort, requiring your time and participation to achieve the best results possible.”

Let us be your village.

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Visit Us at Our New Mt. Pleasant Location!

We are excited to announce that Nicole LaFountain, L.Ac., has started seeing patients at our second location in Mount Pleasant! This partnership with Charleston Birth Place and The Exchange is a natural fit for women’s and pregnancy health, though services are open to the general public as well. Nicole offers acupuncture, herbal medicine, massage, and luxury acupuncture + massage appointments.

We hope this new location will help us more comprehensively integrate holistic care with allopathic medicine. If you live in or near Mount Pleasant, we strongly encourage you to check out this new location and see what Charleston Birth Place is all about! (p.s. plus our other building neighbors, the Breastfeeding Center of Charleston and Rhett Women’s Center!)

Visit us online or call or email today to book your appointment at either of our locations. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Open For Office and Virtual Appointments

We understand that some of you may desire care but prefer to stay home due to Covid-19 concerns. If this is you, we are excited to offer several virtual appointments to help you feel renewed and experience the benefits of holistic medicine from the comfort of your home!

✨Our Virtual Chinese Medicine Illumination Session is a virtual acupuncture treatment! We will discuss your health history and current symptoms and choose from our many tools depending on what is the best fit for supporting you: acupressure, self gua sha or cupping, herbs and essential oils, dietary advice, moxa, exercises and stretches, lifestyle modifications, stress reduction, meditation and mindfulness, qi gong and more. A lovely way to connect, dive in, and heal.

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Happy Lunar New Year!

2021: Year of the Ox

For most everyone, 2020 was unsettling. The Water-Metal year stripped us down to our core. Fear, anxiety, isolation and survival were common themes. As were resilience, refinement of values and priorities, quietude, stillness, and honing in on essence.

If you haven’t quite felt like celebrating the new year thus far, you aren’t alone. We’ve noticed a much more reflective tone than usual with the turn of the calendar as we have collectively looked back over the past year and pondered just how much we have experienced and lost (as well as a tender gratitude for all that has been born and flourished).

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Get to know our team | Nicole LaFountain

This week we welcomed Nicole LaFountain to our Blue Heron family! She just moved to Charleston from upstate New York. Her approach to healthcare is to find and treat the root cause of symptoms, and help her patients learn to take an active role in their healthcare. She will be offering acupuncture, massage, luxury acupuncture + massage treatments, herbal medicine consultations, and nutrition consultations. We hope this virtual meet-and-greet helps you get to know her!

How did you become interested in Acupuncture and Massage?

From an early age I have had a passion for massage and helping others. I feel so fortunate to have known from a young age where my passions and interests lie, even though I had never had a massage until required before entry into the program.  My introduction to traditional Chinese medicine came as I began my studies in massage therapy. I was amazed at the intricacies of the medicine as I learned the basics of theory and points. Though I took a detour on my journey to acupuncture school, I eventually found myself coming back to Chinese medicine as I knew it had the power to help so many people when used appropriately.

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Essential Oils for the New Year

To be used alone or together; diffuse, smell, or place a diluted drop on the chest.
  • Frankincense – heal emotional wounds, let go, move the blood so emotions can be released
  • Pine – strengthen the will (to move forward into the new year as well as get motivated), open the chest and lungs 
  • Patchouli – let go of ruminating thoughts and obsessive worries, let ourselves be transformed
  • Grapefruit – uplift, connect to childlike innocence (for fresh perspective to go hand in hand with a new year) — If making a blend, the addition of a top note like grapefruit will be nice to perk the blend up and activate it quickly


It’s a new year — but a change in calendar year will not magically transform how we feel or wash away the challenges we are facing in our everyday lives. Changes like this need to come from within! 

If you feel like you could benefit from extra support, call (843) 937-6890 to schedule a treatment. ❤️

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Get to know our team | Sarah Dufresne

We are so excited to welcome Sarah to our Blue Heron family! Sarah just moved here from Massachusetts in order to be closer to the ocean. She is a licensed acupuncturist with a mixed background in all things relating to finding balance in the body. 🧘🏻‍♀️ We hope this interview with Sarah helps you get to know her little better!

How did you become interested in acupuncture?

It was a natural discovery. The medicine intrigued me because it looked at the whole picture, the whole body. Traditional Chinese medicine is very much the answer to many riddles and puzzles that a patient presents with. When looking at a patient, taking into account the physical body, mental body and energetic body, a practitioner of Chinese Medicine can see patterns, and those patterns bring you closer to the root of the disharmony that a patient may be experiencing. I love being able to integrate all of my previous studies to reinforce and share this amazing medicine.

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How to Boost Your Immune System This Season

With the holiday season ongoing and Covid cases on the rise, we wanted to share with you some of our best tips to give your immune system a much-needed boost.

First and foremost, do what you can to support your overall health. This includes getting lots of sleep, staying hydrated, and trying to fit in some exercise.

Eat real food! Nourish your body with cooked vegetables, soups, stews, and foods that are warming. This is not the season for salads. This is especially important if you feel a cold coming on. The winter months are hard enough on our bodies as it is.

Consider adding some immune strengthening supplements – Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Elderberry are especially beneficial.

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