Services, Styles of Treatment, Specialties:

The main areas for practice focus are:


Gastrointestinal | Dermatology  | Immune system | Chronic pain | Head & Neck . |  

Examples include:

  • Irritable bowel
  • Acid reflux; reflux esophagitis
  • Immune system dysregulation
  • Pancreatitis
  • Stomach pain
  • SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth)
  • Chronic constipation
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Chronic neck, jaw, or head pain
  • Back and hip pain
  • Rotator cuff and shoulder problems
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Orofacial pain
  • Headache or migraine
  • Cervical spondylosis
  • Eczema or dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne and acne rosacea
  • Facial rejuvenation

This list is not comprehensive.  If you would like to discuss your specific health concerns, please use the contact form on the “Appointments” page. You will be contacted shortly.

In addition, Michelle offers “Skin is Yin Deep facials,” for anti-aging, acne, dermatitis, and other treatments that utilize topicals for specific skin conditions. She is certified as a Mei Zen practitioner, a cosmetic acupuncture system that helps to reduce fine lines, lift areas of sagging, and correct discoloration.  This system emphasizes the use of fine dermal needles for stimulating healing energies of meridians to correct imbalances, not only of skin but of the whole body.mei-zen-logoCMYK_250x326

Using ground Chinese herbals, including Rehmannia Root, Phellodendron, Angelica, and several others, Michelle prepares ointments, and herbal salves and powders, to help heal the deeper layers of the skin. These herbals can penetrate to the dermis and boost white blood cells to an area of damaged skin. Use the contact form to schedule a free consultation by phone or in person to learn more.


Chinese medicine is more than acupuncture. Please read or skim through some of the blog posts to learn more about the benefits of this wonderful medicine.

This clinic utilizes the most of best of the greatest, and that means each modality of TCM is employed when indicated.  This includes:

  • Acupuncture of Chinese, Japanese, and auriculotherapy (ear)
  • Acupressure (press and rub, or press and hold along the meridians). Especially useful for those with pain syndromes who will benefit from hands-on work.
  • Gua sha (Vietnamese style scraping with ceramic or plastic implement). Used to disperse very stagnant energy, for example, fascial constrictions around muscles that restrict movement of joints. Usually performed on the back muscles.
  • Cupping (placement of glass cups on back, legs, arms and abdomen to release areas of focal tension or stagnation).
  • Moxibustion (warming technique using rolled herbal ingredients over the back or abdomen). Very helpful for internal Cold stagnation, for example, menstrual cramps, intestinal cramping, tight paraspinal muscles).
  • Herbal medicine.  The advantages of herbal cures are significant and greatly underutilized in this country. Herbs enter into tissues without creating circulatory disturbances to the blood or organs, and gently yet profoundly alter blood chemistry to heal many conditions. Used for digestive, respiratory, immune system health, and even topically for dermatological conditions.

I have chronic back pain despite (or, perhaps related to) three laminectomies/fusions over the past 10 years.  I went to Michelle with an open mind, hoping for an appreciative level of relief.  She performed a full assessment and developed a plan of action.  I noticed relief following the first acupuncture treatment.  I had a total of three treatments.  I intend to follow up with her soon.  I recommend Michelle to anyone who is not receiving adequate control of pain with traditional modalities or wants to avoid long term opioid use.”

Edward W., RN Care Coordinator at Carol Woods Retirement Community, Chapel Hill, NC

“My husband and I have been getting treatments with Michelle Thelen for several years.  She has been trained in acupuncture, massage and herbal medicine.  She also has intuitive knowledge and she can tell you what she needs to do to help you with your problems.  She is very committed to do everything she can to help her patients.  After suffering intensive cluster headaches on almost a daily basis for years, Michelle was able to eliminate my husband’s headaches after one treatment.  It has now been over 4 years and my husband has never experienced that pain again.  We recommend Michelle without reservation.”

Anna G. Hillsborough, NC




“Michelle is an amazing acupuncturist who really knows her craft. She really listens to her clients and ensures that they leave each session feeling satisfied. She doesn’t just use acupuncture as her only treatment modality but rather she combines several modalities to ensure the best results. She goes above and beyond for her clients and is very flexible with scheduling. As a nurse, I would highly recommend Michelle.”

Lauren T, RN, BSN, OCN, Assistant Nurse Manager, Radiation Oncology

“Michelle Thelen is an excellent acupuncturist.  Last year, I had foot surgery to remove two bone spurs.  The orthopedic surgeon did not prepare me well for the surgery nor did he do a good job with my recovery.  I was in incredible pain for months before I went to see Michelle.  Michelle made more progress after one treatment than the orthopedic surgeon could do at all.  After three treatments, I felt like a new person.  I have since gone back to Michelle for other things and she is fantastic.  She has helped me relieve tension, get over a cold and more.  I can’t recommend Michelle more highly.”

Jodi B, Chapel Hill, NC