Herbal Medicine Consults & Treatment Plans

Herbal medicines are warriors to address many health issues including digestive to respiratory to immune. While single herbs can be very helpful for minor ailments, such as ginger for nausea and turmeric for inflammation, there is also the need for more sophisticated herbal blends and remedies for issues that are not easily resolved, or that have resisted standard treatment.

Michelle is an experienced herbalist and has studied both traditional Chinese medicine and western medical herbalism.

that contains an exhaustive list of herbal formulations, as well as western herbal medicine. There is some overlap in the two systems, and sometimes the same remedy or a botanical twin of that remedy can be used for mutliple purposes. Some of the content on this site is also provided to assist you in incorporating and utliizing the wonderful health properaties of herbal medicines.

Herbal medicines and their use to regulate, harmonize, and heal the body is her passion. She is a writer for an online herbal academy, and a lifetime learner of modern applications for herbal medicines.

She also has studied how to combine herbs with supplements like vitamins, amino acids, minerals and other substances to achieve optimal results. Some areas of special interest include thyroid disorders and digestive health.

Michelle can do consults for anyone in the US and abroad, and can recommend herbal solutions that can be purchased in your local area, or online. She can dispense most of the main fomrulas for Chinese herbs to US citizens, however more complex herbal formulations that are specifically combined are available to NC residents only due to licensing restrictions. Oftentimes, however, even Chinese formulas and supplements are available online, on sites such as Iherb, Amazon, and Vitacost. If the case is complex, she will provide a referral to you for a practitioner in your state.

The herbal products for sale on this site are for mild to moderate conditions taht do not require a specific diagnosis. Please feel free to send a question to me if you are not sure which product best suits you. Simple inquiries are answered free of charge.

  1. If you have questions about acupuncture, or herbal medicine, you may request a consultation. Click “Contact Form” tab above and complete a request. I will contact you soon, usually within a few hours.
  2. If you would like to book an appointment, use the Book Now button below.
  3. Once an appointment is booked, return to this page and complete the Health History Intake Form below. The form is designed to collect the most pertinent data and only takes a few minutes to complete. If you have any difficulty there is also an option to complete the form at the office.

Ample time is allotted during the initial visit to ensure that you have a relaxed space to share what you would like, and also to allow for a full interview without rushing or interruption.

how to book

To book a new or follow-up appointment online use the Book Now button below. 

A calendar will appear offering all available options. You may add special notes or information, such as chief complaint and reason for visit. An interview will be part of the first visit as well to cover all important health history and current symptoms. Choose “Initial Appointment” if you are a new patient.

Once you click the button you will see a menu. Regular services and all Specials currently featured are listed.

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Current Specials

All new patients will receive $20 off of the initial acupuncture service ($95, reg. $115) during the month of May 2022.

Returning patients may like to try the “Tiger Special” – a combination of acupuncture, massage, and cupping for $75, available during May and June 2022.

Specials are also featured in the newsletter which is automatically sent after your first appointment. You may unsubscribe easily.

Upcoming Specials:

A donation-based acupuncture offering is coming! Planned for June 2022, date will be posted online.

after booking, complete intake form

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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



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