Asian Medicine with Acupuncture & Herbs


430 N. Greensboro St. Unit 221

Carrboro, NC 27510

Directions (click to open maps): Office is located near Breakaway Cafe off of Greensboro Street, next to Southern States . Continue to end of Shelton Street to Shelton Station. Park in the open lot.


All new patients are invited to book an “Initial Acupuncture Treatment.” If you would like to have a free consult prior to booking, please use the Contact Form tab.

Return patients may choose “Acupuncture Treatment” or any service on the Services tab. You may prepay or “Skip” and pay after service.

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Treatments & Consultation

Michelle is a specialty practitioner and treats primarily those health issues she has focused on throughout her years of practice and advanced training. The specialties are listed below. Click on the links to read clinical cases, search for answers to your questions, and find out how TCM works. The Blog page (linked on the header) also provides information that may help navigate your questions or concerns.


Click on the highlighted text to read more about each specialty

Use the link for Contact Form if you would like to have a free consultation before booking an appointment

  • Orofacial pain to include TMJ, Trigeminal Neuralgia, and neurovascular disorders of the face, jaw, and neck.
  • Muscle and Joint pain or dysfunction of the back, neck, head, shoulders, and hips.
  • Migraines and headaches due to hormonal imbalance, stress, soft tissue changes, and/or immune system.
  • Auto-immune dysfunction with the goal of providing support to reduce the symptoms and slow the progress of tissue destruction. Some examples are Systemic Lupus Erythematous and Metabolic Syndrome. This also includes sequelae of viral illness, such as long Covid. Thyroid issues may be caused by immune system dysregulation.
  • Facial rejuvenation treatments aim to reduce sagging and fine lines and promote collagen formation. This all-natural and non-invasive skin care treatment provides changes in texture and appearance.
  • Women’s Health for perimenopause and menopausal syndromes, fibroids, pelvic pain, dysmenorrhea, and related endocrine imbalances.

Please visit the Facebook page to see video testimonials, and learn more about Michelle’s practice and how Asian medicine can help you.

how to book

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

A calendar will appear offering all available options. 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.

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Once you click the button you will see a menu. Service descriptions are listed. You may pre-pay if you wish or scroll down and “Skip” to book and pay later.

For new patients:

After booking an appointment, return to the website and complete the “Intake Form.”

This is a short form to gather essential information and obtain Informed Consent to treat, legally required for all acupuncturists.

after booking, complete the intake form

All information entered in this form is confidential. Once you click Submit, the form is sent to a HIPAA-compliant portal and is read solely by the practitioner.

Instructions: Required fields are asterisked *. You may skip questions that do not apply. After completing a section click "Next" to continue. You may need to scroll up to find the next section on your computer or phone. After the last page Mandatory Disclosure, please type your name and click "Submit." 

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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