Acupuncture

woman receiving acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture is one of the modalities of Oriental medicine. Although what is called acupuncture in the West comprises several different therapies (such as moxibustion and cupping), mostly it consists of the insertion of fine needles into the body at specific points shown to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. These points have been mapped by the Chinese over a period of two thousand years, and there are more than a thousand known acupoints. In the past three decades, electromagnetic research has confirmed the existence and location of these points.

The World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture’s effectiveness for over 40 common disorders, such as:

  • Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders: Toothaches, earaches, sinusitis, rhinitis, laryngitis
  • Respiratory Disorders: Colds & flus, bronchitis, asthma, allergies, emphysema
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders: Food allergies, nausea, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, ulcers, colitis
  • Circulatory Disorders: Hypertension, high cholesterol, arteriosclerosis, angina pectoris
  • Urogenital Disorders: Cystitis, stress incontinence, neurogenic bladder, prostatitis, prostatic hypertrophy
  • Gynecological Disorders: Menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, PMS, infertility, menopausal symptoms
  • Musculoskeletal Disorders: Tennis elbow, frozen shoulder, TMJ, sciatica, low back pain, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Psycho-emotional & Neurological Disorders: Depression, anxiety insomnia, headache, migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, dizziness

Office Hours

  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Closed For Lunch:
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
  • By appointment only
Dr. Marcia Nibert acupuncturist and chiropractor

Dr. Marcia Nibert, DC, LAc, RN

Dr. Marcia graduated in 1993 from Sherman College of Chiropractic.

After practicing in Rock Hill for several years, Dr. Marcia received a Fellowship in Acupuncture from New York Chiropractic College (now Northeast College of Health Sciences) and began her work as an acupuncturist.

She earned her RN degree from Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte in 2009.

Dr. Marcia will provide a comprehensive and thorough assessment of your condition to determine what is best for you. Her goal is to seek the underlying causes of your issues so they can be relieved quickly and prevented in the future.

She provides a holistic approach to the health of her patients, integrating treatments that lead to a strong structural system, nutrient-rich dietary habits and a balanced emotional state.

Ann Tung acupuncturist

Yun (Ann) Teng, LAc

Ann joined Dragonfly Wellness Center in 2021. She is a Diplomate Acupuncturist and earned her certification from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. She holds a Masters Diploma in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in North Carolina.

Ann and her family moved to the U.S. in 2015 and settled in Clover. She obtained her license to perform acupuncture in the U.S. while working with a practitioner in Charlotte who specialized in pregnancy and infertility.

She believes everyone has the right to enjoy good health and works to achieve balance and revitalization in her patients — treating a wide variety of ailments with a gentle and caring needling style. Ann listens to patients' concerns and focuses on healing as a whole person experience.

FAQ's about Acupuncture

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that has been used for thousands of years to promote general wellness and healing. During treatment, needles are placed in specific points. This stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms.

What are acupuncture needles like?

Sterile and incredibly thin, acupuncture needles come in varying lengths and sizes; the specifics of the needles utilized in your treatment depend on your condition and which acupuncture points are targeted.

Do acupuncture needles hurt?

Acupuncture needles are very thin and are typically inserted just one to three millimeters into the body. While they are being placed, some people feel nothing. Others report minimal discomfort. During treatment, you may feel nothing at all. Alternately, you may experience sensations like warmth or tingling as the energy balances out.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient. Factors that influence how many treatments are required include the condition being treated, its severity and duration, your overall health, and your personal health goals. The number of acupuncture treatments you will need begins with an initial consultation and examination with our acupuncturists. As a general rule, many patients notice that the symptoms of their condition begin to improve within three to ten treatments. While the symptoms may decrease during your first few appointments, additional visits may be necessary to alleviate the cause of the condition.

What should I expect my first time?

For your first visit, you can expect a review of your medical history and a thorough exam. Our acupuncturists will assess your complaint, diagnose the problem from a Chinese medical perspective and discuss a treatment plan with you. Treatments will begin on that first visit.

How long will each treatment last?

Everyone responds differently to acupuncture, so the exact timing depends on your body’s needs. The insertion of the needles typically happens fairly quickly. Once the needles are in place, you can simply relax while they draw in energy. After 10 to 40 minutes, the needles are removed.
Acupuncture points can be found on both the front and back of the body. If points on your front are being targeted, you will be asked to rest on your back. When needles are inserted in the back, you will be asked to lie on your stomach. Sometimes only one side of the body is treated. On occasions when both the front and back are to be treated, there will be two rounds of treatment.

Will any other techniques be part of my treatment plan?

Acupuncture is simply one facet of the total care offered at Dragonfly Wellness Center. Dr. Marcia or Ann will discuss any additional recommended services during your assessment. Their suggestions may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Will insurance cover my treatment?

Some insurance and health plans cover acupuncture. However, the patient is responsible for investigating and filing insurance on their own. Payment is required by Dragonfly Wellness Center at the time of service, and we will provide receipts for you to file with your insurance provider.