Services, Styles of Treatment, Specialties:

The main areas for practice focus are:




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

Below is a list of some common conditions that can be treated with acupuncture and functional medicine.  The more severe and chronic the condition, the longer the treatment time involved. An assessment or initial consultation is free, whether in person or on the phone.

  • 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.

Treatment Times:

Michelle typically sees patients on a long-term basis, particularly for issues that involve digestive or immune health.  This includes many pain conditions that are not responding well to medications, or that have become chronic.  A health plan for most patients will involve a weekly or bi-monthly course of acupuncture that can span anywhere from a few weeks to up to 2 or more years.

As patients improve, the frequency of treatment lessens.  Note that there are also many people who only require a couple of treatments to feel better, and may only be seen once or twice a year.  There is definitely a lot of variation, as the response time is quite individualistic and can fluctuate with stress, diet, lifestyle.

Focused Treatment on Thyroid:

Michelle has special and advanced training in thyroid disorders. Many women especially suffer from signs of thyroid problems and the common signs and symptoms include chronic fatigue, muscle pain, headaches, insomnia, and more. Using a plan that includes herbals, vitamins, minerals and enzymes is key to restoring the root of the problem. Lab testing may be advised and can be ordered through this clinic. Some insurances cover this cost as well.


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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.

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“Immune System Health Plan” is for those persons who suffer with frequent bouts of flu, sinusitis, sore throats, fevers, or who have had epidemic type disease in the past.  Many supplements do not work at all times of the year.  Do you get sick at the same time every year? Tailoring a plan of treatment to strengthen weak meridians and organs can not only boost immunity, but also prevent recurrent illness.

apple-19309_640“Metabolic Make-Over” – for patients who seek help with weight loss, and with glucose control and management.  Michelle uses advice based on Asian medicine and functional medicine to devise eating plans (not diets) to help you restore vital and healthy function. She can also help you clear your pantry of the not-so-good items and make way for foods that make you feel really well.






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.  Using the most of the best of the greatest, 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.

“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



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