At 146 N. Logan St. in Marion, you can now receive treatment for a variety of pains and a wide range of health conditions through the traditional Chinese practice of acupuncture.

Nicole “Nikki” G. Miller has been practicing this form of alternative medicine in the same building with physical therapist Carl Dean since Monday, Aug. 5. Her practice is called Mansion of Hope Acupuncture.

A native of Marion, Miller is a 2018 graduate from the Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville where she received a four-year master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine (MAOM). She is a clinical acupuncturist certified by the National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed in the state of North Carolina.

Before that, she worked in nursing for 23 years including 14 years as a registered nurse (RN) at Grace Hospital and a year at The McDowell Hospital.

So, she is trained in both modern Western and ancient Asian forms of medicine.

“I can effectively communicate with you and your primary care physician regarding your plan of care,” she stated on her website. “My goal is to promote patient participation that facilitates optimal health and wellness, supporting each patient’s individual healing experience. It is my intention to create a healthy partnership in a quiet, relaxing environment, a safe haven where every patient is treated as a unique individual. It is my purpose to partner with my clients in uncovering the causes and solutions to their health care issues.”

Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of inserting and manipulating hair-thin needles at specific points of the body. Through this method, the acupuncturist is able to return the patient’s body to its natural balance and help the body’s ability to heal itself, according to Miller.

“Anytime, we have pain or numbness in the body, we think of stagnation of blood or our vital energy,” she said to The McDowell News. “Acupuncture creates flow or allows blood to flow. It works on the connective tissue and the vascular system.”

Acupuncture can be used to treat pain, such as that caused by arthritis or fibromyalgia. It can be used for depression, anxiety, headaches (including migraines), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), insomnia, nausea and digestive issues such as acid reflux, according to Miller.

“In my opinion, it can treat almost anything,” she said to The McDowell News.

However, she added Western medicine is better and more effective for serious problems like heart disease or cardiac issues.

In addition, Miller offers other therapies such as tui na, a form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to help the muscles, tendons and joints and treat orthopedic problems and sports injuries. She performs cupping. This is an ancient technique of applying a cup to the skin and it is held in place by suction. It brings fresh blood to an area of the body and helps improve circulation. She also offers gua sha, a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping the skin with a massage tool, according to her Web site.

She is also working on becoming a certified Chinese herbalist. She hopes her patients will use herbal remedies to broaden their health care options.

“With over 20 years of nursing experience, I can increase your plan of care by expanding

your health care opportunities outside of pharmaceuticals,” she stated on her website. “Having a solid knowledge base on pharmaceuticals, I have an advantage in understanding herbal/drug interactions and patient safety. I value my nursing background that allows me to collaborate with Western medicine protocols.”

A first treatment lasts around 90 minutes or two hours, depending on the condition being treated. The initial acupuncture intake & treatment costs $95 and all subsequent follow-up treatments can cost $75. A cupping treatment can cost $45.

She doesn’t accept health insurance, but she does take credit and debit cards.

The hours for the Mansion of Hope Acupuncture are based on her appointments. Miller said she is in her office on Mondays through Saturdays, except for Wednesdays.

She is also happy to share the same building with Carl Dean. For many years, this building on North Logan was used by surgeon Dr. Vincente Denuna.

“I’m thrilled to be here,” she said to The McDowell News.

For more information, visit the website or call 442-8623.

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