Community Acupuncture

  • Treats most health issues
  • Treatment in group setting
  • Treatment given in comfortable recliners

Community Acupuncture is how we treat the majority of our clients because it addresses almost every health issue. Treatments use meridian theory and distal acupuncture so needles are mostly inserted into the extremities plus the ears. Treatment is held within a group setting in comfortable recliners, located within a dimly lit room, as ambient music plays in the background. Clients remain fully clothed while needles are applied to head, ears, arms and legs.

It is a comfortable and effective  method that can be gentle and extremely relaxing.  Many patients find the collective healing energy of the community rooms to be extremely calming. Community Acupuncture is appealing for a variety of reasons. For some, the value cannot be beat. For others, they are more comfortable sitting in a recliner than on a table and some patients find it a relief not to be isolated during treatment. Because there are three recliners per room, Community Acupuncture makes it easier for friends and family members to come in for treatment together.

Orthopedic Acupuncture

  • Treats pain and serious injuries
  • Combines Traditional Acupuncture and Sports Medicine
  • Treatment on massage tables with privacy curtain

Orthopedic acupuncture combines  western knowledge of Orthopedic testing  and acupuncture along with electro stimulation, heat therapy, and cupping. Local trigger and motor points are stimulated in order to release inflammation and increase blood and nerve circulation.

It is most useful when treating pain and serious injuries associated with your muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones (i.e. musculoskeletal).  It addresses more significant structural problems or physical performance issues by blending modern Sports Medicine with the traditional techniques of classical Acupuncture.

Treatments are held on massage tables separated by curtains, within a dimly lit room as ambient music plays in the background. Clients undress to their level of comfort or need and, if desired, draping sheets are available to maximize privacy.

Before treatment, our acupuncturists may gently test your range of motion and strength in order to determine which muscle or muscle group is injured. They will also gently press around the painful area as well as adjacent areas in order to target specific points to maximize the treatments potential. While lying down, it is reasonable for patients to experience deep relaxation while mild currents of ions are pumped through your injury.

Orthopedic visits are more expensive because we spend more time  with these patients than in our community appointments.


  • Electric current attached to needles
  • Pulse passes from one needle to the next

Charleston Community Acupuncture also uses electrostimulation, or e-stim, for a more targeted approach to musculoskeletal pain. After needling the treated area, the acupuncturist will connect two or more needles to an electrostimulation machine, allowing the pulse to pass from one needle to the other. We can adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse on the e-stim device depending on the condition being treated.

Cupping Therapy

  • Treats Sports & Respiratory Illness
  • Heated cups help draw blood to injured area

Charleston Community Acupuncture uses cupping therapy as a type of deep-tissue massage before or after inserting needles. Cupping is used to dispel stagnant blood and lymph flow to improve the flow of qi, or life force, of a person. This helps treat injured or sore muscles and joints as well as treat respiratory diseases such as the common cold, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Our acupuncturists use heat to create a vacuum within special glass cups when placed on the body. Please note the bruises from cupping can last for a few days up to two weeks, with repeated treatments causing less bruising as stagnation resolves indicating a successful result of cupping therapy.

Please note that cupping therapy is not new, dating back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians used cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

Abdominal Massage

  • Improves fertility
  • Detoxifies Liver & Intestine
  • Helps Digestive System

Charleston Community Acupuncture’s abdominal massage sessions are an effective way to help improve your reproductive systems (fertility), digestive systems(constipation, bloating, cramping),  your lymphatic systems (detoxify the intestines and liver).

Many people report holding tension in the abdominal organs, causing congestion and blocking the body’s energy, also known as Qi. This eventually weakens these organs, particularly the digestive system, causing problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, bloating and gas. Applying local pressure to the abdomen and pelvis separates the organs and muscle. This stimulates the circulation of blood, and eliminates the  secretion of hormones thereby improving the transmission of nerve impulses by decreasing pressure on the the abdominal nerve plexus, a hub of nerves that is vital to our digestive and reproductive organs. Thus, abdominal massage can also increase fertility by repositioning and increasing blood flow to the uterus by releasing tension in the diaphragm, aligning the pelvis and other core muscles.

Treatments are held on massage tables separated by curtains, within a dimly lit room as ambient music plays in the background. Clients undress to their level of comfort or need and, if desired, draping sheets are available to maximize privacy.  After the massage, the patient will receive acupuncture.

Because this massage may feel intense, please avoid this technique…

  • Immediately after a heavy meal
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you have inflammation of feminine organs
  • If you have kidney, bladder or gallbladder stones
  • If you have high blood pressure
  • If you have a hernia
  • If you have intestinal or stomach ulcers
  • If you have bleeding in the stomach, brain or lungs

Pediatric Acupuncture

  • For ages 3-10
  • Uses thinner needles
  • Uses lasers

pediatric_acupunctureCharleston Community Acupuncture takes a more delicate approach towards treating children under the age of 10, than we do with adults. The challenge is twofold: first, about half of children are afraid of needles, and second, children are unfamiliar with pain or discomfort and are more likely to cry from treatment. If the child is afraid of needles, our Acupuncturists can use lasers, pediatric massage as well as acupuncture seeds and tacks. Otherwise, we help mitigate any possible discomfort by using fewer and/or thinner Japanese needles as gently as possible.

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