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Best Acupuncturists in Charleston, SC

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored Charleston Acupuncturists on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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Charleston, SC 29401

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4.5 (3)
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4.3 (1)

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Charleston Acupuncture is an alternative healing clinic that believes healing is a delicate balance between lifestyle, diet, and medicine. The Charleston clinic’s founders are using their knowledge of physiology and western anatomy in combination with acupuncture to treat such conditions as arthritis, migraines, sciatica, menopause, carpal tunnel, patellar tendonitis and many others that conventional doctors struggle with. The founders are striving to achieve a perfect fusion of Western knowledge and Eastern techniques to create a hybrid acupuncture application. The clinic also trusts Chinese herbal therapy to treat many other stubborn health conditions.

Charleston, SC 29401

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5.0 (7)

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Tides Acupuncture is a Charleston acupuncture, massage therapy, and Chinese herbs clinic that was founded in 2005. The clinic contends that their healing techniques and herbs can help clients achieve good health, balance, vitality, longevity, and to alle­viate stress. The clinic's operator believes her patients recover quicker and will proceed to lead much healthier lives. She also reckons recovered patients will relate better with others and experience deeper emotional harmony. The founder is a master’s degree graduate from the Maryland University for Integrative Health.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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5.0 (6)

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Hilton Acupuncture seeks to meet the healthcare needs of the residents of Mount Pleasant through education, holistic treatment, and counseling. The practice is run by a licensed Acupuncturist and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner. The practitioner relies on acupuncture, cupping, moxibustion, traditional Chinese medicine, and far-infrared heat lamps to treat chronic conditions and disorders as well as wellness related issues. The clinic’s lead founder has previously worked as a clinical research associate at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and hopes to use this experience to conduct clinical trials in Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture.

Charleston, SC 29401

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5.0 (26)
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5.0 (2)
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5.0 (1)

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Meg Richichi is an Acupuncturist and Integrative Women’s Health Practitioner. Having practiced in NYC for two decades, she currently sees clients in Charleston, SC while working with women remotely around the country. Meg’s unique “East meets West” approach has helped thousands of women overcome stress-related hormonal imbalances including infertility, weight issues, autoimmune disorders, digestive struggles, and an array of pain syndromes. Her extensive studies and experience include training in Western functional medicine, acupuncture, and nutrition, as well as healing practices in the Brazilian rainforest and Vietnam. Meg offers acupuncture and nutrition-lifestyle counseling that includes personalized supplement programs.

Charleston, SC 29403

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5.0 (71)
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5.0 (27)
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5.0 (11)

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Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary is an acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Charleston. The clinic uses acupuncture, massage, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, and essential oils for reducing inflammation, alleviating pain, and increasing blood circulation. These tools also work on conditions such as acne, addiction, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, asthma, sinusitis, weight issues, and more. The three founders of the clinic hold master’s degrees in Chinese Medicine and have all trained under Jeffrey Yuen who is an 88th generation Daoist priest reputed for bringing Classical Chinese Medicine to America.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

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5.0 (44)

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Seaside Acupuncture is a Mount Pleasant practice that specializes in the treatment of fertility and pediatric health issues. Along with acupuncture, the clinic’s treatments can include massage, guided meditation, herbs, and Chinese dietary therapy. The clinic uses Chinese medicine to help people with conditions such as endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids, and low progesterone that impede their sufferers’ ability to conceive. The practice has also used Chinese Medicine to effectively treat children suffering from asthma, eczema, allergies, migraines, sinus congestion, and other recurrent infections. The clinic’s founder is a nationally certified acupuncture practitioner who has been practicing for over 10 years.

Compare our Top Acupuncturists

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Charleston Acupuncture
Tides Acupuncture
Hilton Acupuncture
Meg Richichi
Blue Heron Acupuncture and Apothecary
Seaside Acupuncture

FAQs

  • Introduction

    Acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique. It involves the strategic placement of small, fine needles puncturing the skin on various areas of the body to relieve pain or treat other medical conditions. The needles are left in place for about 10 minutes to half an hour while the patient relaxes. The selection of the proper acupoints requires skill and knowledge.

    The practice of acupuncture originated in Asia many centuries ago. Chinese acupuncture may also involve electrical stimulation or heat application for heightened effect. Some Chinese acupuncturists also slowly spin or twirl the needles after insertion. On the other hand, Japanese acupuncture is less invasive, with shallow needle insertion and no needle manipulation. Korean acupuncture focuses on needle placement only in the feet and hands.  

    Though acupuncture was highly controversial in Western medicine for many years, most of the medical community now recognizes its effectiveness for pain management. Only anecdotal evidence exists for treatments beyond pain relief.
  • How does acupuncture work?

    Research hasn’t yet determined exactly how acupuncture works, but there are two main theories. One is that it operates on a neurological level by stimulating muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, triggering natural pain relief effects. Others believe acupuncture balances a person’s energies — chi — creating physical, emotional, and mental harmony, which relieves pain and improves health. 

  • Does Medicare cover acupuncture?

    Medicare Part B covers acupuncture solely to treat low back pain. The condition must have no known cause and have lasted for at least 12 weeks. Only a doctor or properly licensed and trained medical provider may perform the acupuncture. Medicare initially approves up to 12 sessions over 90 days. With demonstrated improvement, up to eight more visits may be allowed.

  • Is acupuncture effective?

    Studies by the National Institute of Health confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for addiction, nausea, headaches, asthma, some stroke rehabilitation, and pain management for various conditions. The NIH studies support the use of acupuncture alone and combined with traditional treatment methods. Additional research by other scientific and medical organizations demonstrates that acupuncture is typically successful in the treatment of pain.

  • Does acupuncture hurt?

    Acupuncture should not be painful. The unfamiliar sensation may be uncomfortable at first, but that typically goes away after the first session. People with high sensitivity levels or low pain tolerance may experience heightened sensations. However, any discomfort should be minor and brief. Some common feelings at the acupuncture points are warmth, tingling, heaviness, or mild achiness.

  • How much does acupuncture cost?

    Acupuncture prices vary greatly, ranging from $50 to $300 per session. Initial sessions usually cost more than follow-up appointments. Initial sessions on the high end of the pricing scale usually include a consultation and medical exam along with the acupuncture session. Some acupuncturists offer membership price breaks or discounts for prepaid multiple sessions. Shop around before deciding on an acupuncturist.

  • Does insurance cover acupuncture?

    Some health care insurance carriers cover acupuncture for specific medical conditions. But it depends on the location, insurance provider, insurance plan, and reason for the treatments. Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Health Net, Banner Health, and Humana are examples of some private insurers that may cover acupuncture with various restrictions. Contact your provider to learn more.