patient receiving acupuncture at Blue Heron Acupuncture clinic in Charleston


Enjoy greater wellness with Chinese Medicine! Our personalized treatments are relaxing and restorative. We will delve into your health history, consider your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and create a diagnosis and treatment that meet your individual needs.

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. Schedule today to experience greater wellbeing.


Blue Heron’s acupuncturists reflect the wide spectrum of lineages within Chinese Medicine: classical, traditional, japanese and five element. Each embodies its own transformative ability to uplift lives and empower healing. Come experience these different styles of acupuncture for yourself. We welcome you to schedule with any or all of our practitioners to find the best fit for you.

Blue Heron’s acupuncturists 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. They received their Master’s Degrees in Chinese Medicine from four-year graduate degree programs, which included 2-year, 800-hour internships working with patients under clinical supervision. Components of their curriculums 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 Abernathy has studied under Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist priest and a leader in bringing Classical Chinese Medicine to the West. In her practice, she employs the Five Meridian System (Primary, Luo, Eight Extraordinary, Sinew and Divergent meridians).  Sarah Dufresne studied Classical Chinese Medicine, including japanese acupuncture, which presents refined and gentle needle and non-needle techniques. All of our practitioners, including Christine Warrix and Nicole LaFountain, utilize Traditional Chinese Medicine and the NADA addictions protocol. Aven Whitmire practices Five Element Acupuncture. These methods provide an array of tools with which we can best meet patients’ needs.


Experience whole body healing with acupuncture!  Initial treatments last between 60 and 80 minutes – see Your Visit for detailed information on your first appointment.  Follow-up treatments are between 50 and 70 minutes. These include private acupuncture plus an herbal consultation as applicable (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 may also be offered. Our personalized, effective acupuncture treatments encourage relaxation and restoration.


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 rejuvenation 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.


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. Please see our PRICING page for rates.