Becky B. Sheftall, L.Ac, Dipl OM
Becky Sheftall, LAc
I have always been drawn towards nature and its healing power. Playing in the mountains and oceans has continually helped me achieve my own health and well-being, and I have sought after a quality of life that puts heart-felt joy at the top of the list, for myself and those around me. A love of adventure and experiencing different parts of the world led me to India in 1999, where I experienced Acupuncture for the first time. I was amazed how I felt and how quickly I healed, and my curiosity for this ancient medical system was ignited. I went on to receive my Master License of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts.
I enjoy seeing people realize their own uniqueness of body, mind, and spirit, and I serve as a vessel for others to experience their own joy through healing. I prescribe herbal medicines and often incorporate therapeutic massage and stones into my treatments, as well as diet and lifestyle counseling. I have seen excellent results with treating both physical and emotional pain, such as sports-related or overuse injuries, depression, fatigue, stress, and anxiety. I also like working with fertility issues, migraines, allergies, boosting immunity, and illness prevention. Acupuncture is a wonderful complementary modality to massage therapy, orthopedics, and chiropractic work.
What is Acupuncture?
- Acupuncture is the process of stimulating acupuncture points, located on various “channels”, or pathways over the entire body. Acupuncture is most often painless and even undetected by the patient (many times it is even reported by patients that it feels “very good”). The needles are sterile and for single use only. The pathways on which the points lie are like maps of the flow of blood and Qi, the vital substances that help uphold all of the body’s processes and functioning.
- It is said in Oriental Medicine that disease arises from imbalances among the vital substances in the body. So, if there is a deficiency, or an excessive amount, or a stagnation of any vital substance at any of the 400+ acupuncture points along the body, then the stimulation of these points sends messages to remedy the imbalance, not only at the surface level of the body, but also deeper, at the level of the organs.
- As the practitioner, it is my job to devise the right “formula”, or set of messages to deliver to your body with the acupuncture points. I devise this custom combination of points for each person based on the diagnostic tools of question and answer, pulse and tongue examinations and analysis, and from listening closely to your story.
What will you experience during your acupuncture treatment?
- Upon arrival as a new patient, you will be made comfortable inside the treatment room after filling out paperwork, which usually takes about 10-15 minutes. When you are finished, Becky will discuss this information with you, as well as get a more detailed picture of your main concerns that have brought you to the office.
- Then you will be asked to lie on your back on the treatment table, fully dressed, while Beckt takes your pulses (all done on your wrist area) and examines your tongue briefly. (The room and treatment table are heated to your comfort level). She develops a treatment plan for the session and asks you to adjust your clothing as necessary, giving you proper draping as she steps out of the room for you to get situated (as if you were going to receive a therapeutic massage). Becky then returns when you are ready and begins the session.
- Needles will go in gently, and at a rate that is comfortable for you. Pain is NOT the objective. In fact, chances are that you will feel nothing at all, or pleasant sensations. She utilizes the rate of your relaxed breath to insert the needles, and this process generally lasts about 5-10 minutes.You will then be left to relax with the needles in for about 20-30 minutes, depending on the nature of your session (some are shorter, some are longer). There will be gentle music playing softly in the background (unless you prefer to have it turned off), and the goal is for you to be as comfortable as possible during this time.
- The needles will then be removed, which usually takes about 5 minutes.
Credentials & Organizations:
- Diploma OM (Nationally Board Certified Medical Herbalist) L.Ac # 862
- MAOM (Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Oriental Medicine)
- Member, NCCAOM, ACAOM (Acupuncture Accreditation entities)
- Member, Asheville Chamber of Commerce, Friends Of Chimney Rock, WNCW, SAHC, Surfrider Foundation, Greenpeace
- Graduate of University of Georgia and Daoist Traditions College of Oriental Medicine
- Former NOLS employee and Outward Bound Instructor
- Individual and Community Acupuncture
- Herbal Medicine
- Therapeutic Massage
- Nutritional Counseling
Becky's Office Hours
- Tuesday 2-8
- Wednesday 8-2
- Thursday 8-3
- Happy Hour Community Acupuncture every first Friday 3-7