Western North Carolina is home to some of the most gifted holistic practitioners in the nation making it the perfect place for a wellness getaway. From reiki to sound healing to Ayurvedic wellness consultations to holistic health coaching to reflexology to acupuncture and more, there are a variety of healing modalities in and around Asheville, NC. (Feature photo: Blue Lotus Ayurveda)
Since the 1800s Asheville has been a destination for healing. With fresh mountain air, protected forests, mountaintops, and waterfalls, the natural setting in WNC is the ideal backdrop for optimal health and well-being.
Healing Arts in Western North Carolina
Traditional Chinese Medicine: A powerful and holistic system of medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has diagnosed, treated, and prevented illness for more than 2,000 years. TCM incorporates the use of herbs and natural medicinal plants, acupuncture, massage, nutrition, meditation, and exercise. Chinese medicine is presently one of the world's main disciplines of medical care, serving more than one-fourth of the world's population. It is a method of balancing, regulating, and strengthening the life force of the human body, called Qi.
Acupuncture: A key component of TCM, acupuncture is the medical practice of using thin needles to stimulate certain points on the body to move energy (Qi) and alleviate pain, calm the nervous system, or help treat various health conditions. Once the needles are in, there can be a tingling or electric sensation, but usually not pain. When receiving acupuncture, many people feel relaxed; and some even fall asleep.
Community acupuncture session at The People's Acupuncture of Asheville.
Acupuncture can treat many ailments, including chronic pain, arthritis, digestive issues, respiratory problems, reproductive health, mental health, addiction, and more. An acupuncturist might incorporate other techniques to build or disperse energy such as cupping, massage, Gua Sha (scraping), Moxibustion, and more.
Cupping at Alchemy in Asheville
There are more than 30 acupuncture clinics in Western NC with acupuncturists trained in a variety of styles and techniques. Many acupuncture clinics in Asheville provide sliding scale treatment options for affordable health care.
Ayurveda: A sister science to yoga, Ayurveda originated in India more than 5,000 years ago. Often called the “Mother of All Healing,” Ayurveda places great emphasis on living a healthy lifestyle through diet and herbs. Ayurveda involves creating a balance of body, mind, and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution. There are a variety of different Ayurveda practitioners in Western NC. During an Ayurvedic wellness consultation, an Ayurvedic practitioner will typically do an in-depth evaluation of your lifestyle to determine your constitution and state of balance and help you on your journey to well-being. Depending on your concerns and goals, the practitioner will offer doshic specific self-care techniques and nutrition, diet, herb, and lifestyle recommendations on how to use Ayurvedic healing principles in your day-to-day life.
Ayurveda / Asheville Community Yoga
Reiki: A form of energy healing, reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation to promote healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which universal energy is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. Many massage therapists in WNC offer reiki as well. You can experience reiki through a reiki specific session or as an add-on to a massage. Similar to massage, with reiki you can opt for one session or choose a series of healing sessions.
Reiki session at Appalachian Guild of Healing Arts