Chinese medicine encompasses not only acupuncture, but also tui na, moxibustion, cupping, external liniments, and internal herbs. It has over 4000 years of evidence-based support for its effectiveness. If needles make you nervous, there are other powerful means of treatment within Chinese medicine. There are a myriad of symptoms, diseases, and injuries that can be eased or even eliminated with Chinese medicine., but not all acupuncturists are educated or experienced equally.

Here are some of the most common issues Christine sees:
Ankle pain, swelling
Anxiety
Back and/or hip pain
Cancer treatment side effects (nausea, declining kidney and liver function)
Chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue
Circulatory problems
Common cold
Complications from diabetes
Depression
Digestive disorders (nausea, irritable bowel, acid reflux)
Fibromyalgia
Foot pain (plantar fasciitis, Morton’s neuroma)
Grief
Heart beat irregularities
Inflammation
Insomnia
Intestinal polyps
Knee pain, swelling
Nausea, irritable bowel, other digestive disorders
Neuropathy
Respiratory issues (allergies, asthma, bronchitis)
Shoulder pain, frozen shoulder, poor range of motion
Weak immune system
And more

Christine Ruffing, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. has treated a wide variety of illness and injury with noticeable improvement and healing, often resulting in a decrease in medicines or elimination of them completely (under a doctor’s direction only). Some of these successes have been confirmed by the patient’s western medical test results. From getting a patient’s chronic pain from a 7/10 pain scale reading to a 3/10 or even a 0/10 with regular treatments, to treating reproductive issues, to treating mental imbalances, to eliminating sinus pain from the common cold, Chinese medicine and acupuncture get results. Call us at 252-452-8012 to schedule! The best time to begin is now.

And remember,–
Just because it’s USUAL for you and you’ve become ACCUSTOMED to dealing with it, doesn’t mean it’s NORMAL and HEALTHY, nor does it mean that it has to be permanent! Many times, issues that have not responded well to Western medicine respond very well to Chinese medicine.

Please read over this information so that you know what to expect, are dressed properly, and can get the most from our time together:
Instructions-for-Patient-Visits

Print and bring these completed forms with you to your initial appointment:
Patient Health History
No-Show-Cx Policy

In South Carolina, an L.Ac.’s education includes an accredited Master’s-level degree in Chinese medicine (over 2000 hours of training, encompassing 3-4 years in a classroom and often an internship) and satisfactorily passing NCCAOM’s national board exams (competency exams). Be aware that SC law only requires M.D.s who practice acupuncture in SC to have 300 hours of training, some of which can be done on DVD or online. This difference is most evidenced in the Medical Doctors’ lack of understanding of Chinese medical theory and the higher incidence of needling errors in practice. It translates to higher rates of injury and less effective treatment outcomes. Don’t allow the inadequately trained to practice acupuncture on you. Look for the L.Ac. and the Dipl.Ac. after the practitioner’s name as evidence of a much higher level of training in Chinese medicine.