What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a method of guiding the body to promote natural healing and to improve natural functioning. This is done by inserting disposable and sterile, slender hair-like needles, and at times applying heat or electrical stimulation at specific acupuncture points.

How does it work?

The classic chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. The energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body, to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement in these energy rivers  is like a dam that backs up the flow in one part of the body and restricts it in others. The meridians are influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions and reestablish the regular flow of energy through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestive, absorptive, eliminative, circulatory and energy production activities, and in the circulation of energy through meridians to the other areas and structures with which they are correlated.  Patients are deeply relaxed and usually fall asleep during treatment.


About Susan Paul BS, RN, L.Ac.

Susan Paul combines 20 years experience in Western or Allopathic Medicine with 25 years as a licensed, board certified practitioner of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine.  With this unique and powerful background, she is able to easily segue between the two perspectives, explaining, interpreting and guiding her patients in their own understanding of their physical, emotional and spiritual challenges.   Her personal commitment to each patient is to support and guide them toward equilibrium and the increasing strength and stability of their health, enabling them to make wise decisions and to participate fully in their highly personalized, one on one, indepth care.

Susan Paul BS, RN, L.Ac. graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Nursing in 1966, and worked in various settings as a registered nurse until she graduated from the Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, Stamford, Connecticut, in 1986.  She then completed a graduate program at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia Maryland, 1986-1988.  Since 1987, she has taught different aspects of Chinese Medicine throughout the USA and in Canada, France and India to professional and community organizations. Ms. Paul maintained a private practice in NYC for 13 years and then practiced in India for 3 years.  She has been in Asheville since 1998, at Asheville Family Acupuncture where she is the sole owner and practitioner, and is available for home or hospital visits and public speaking.
Ms.Paul especially enjoys working with individuals who are facing chronic health challenges, often associated with aging,  which impact their daily lives.  Very often, patients are able to significantly reduce the amounts of medications they are dependent on, also greatly reducing the inevitable side-effects of these medications.  She has worked extensively with persons experiencing depression and anxiety as well as other emotional disorders.  Dietary and life-style counselling are an integral part of all treatment.  Acute illnesses or injuries, sprains, strains, any “itis”, are all treated in her practice. There is no diagnosis she will not treat; there are very few she hasn’t treated.
Insurance receipts are provided for reimbursement when needed.  Yearly statements for medical income tax deductions are available on request.