Amanda Stierwalt, L.AC.
While living in Bozeman, MT, I developed a love and appreciation of plant based medicine that eventually led me to study herbs and acupuncture at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe. Upon graduation in 2002, my husband Mark and I returned to our childhood home of Hendersonville. After a year working at the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic in Asheville, I opened a practice in Hendersonville and have had the great honor of serving people in this community since 2004.
My interest in holistic medicine stems from a belief that our bodies have an amazing ability to heal given the right circumstances. I believe by addressing our emotional, physical and spiritual needs, we can lead healthier more vibrant lives. I use the modalities of acupuncture, cupping and Chinese herbal medicine to address the imbalances that prevent optimal health. By working in partnership with my patients, we can work to develop treatment plans that include nutritional and herbal medicine and lifestyle changes.
My husband Mark and I have been blessed with two wonderful children, Slade and Scarlett. We spend a lot of time outside with them hiking, biking and skiing. I have used Chinese medicine to treat the different illnesses they have faced and love teaching other parents natural ways to support their children.
I am passionate about the medicine I practice and truly enjoy caring for my patients. I emphasize self-care and hope to educate my patients on positive lifestyle choices and how those choices can impact their health.
Acupuncture is an ancient form of Medicine originating in China more than 35 centuries ago.
Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of fine, sterile disposable needles into strategic points on the surface of the body called acupoints. These points lie along meridians, or energetic pathways that connect internally to specific organs. Qi (pronounced chee), or our life force, flows through these meridians. When Qi is balanced and flowing, health and well being are the result. When Qi is blocked, health problems arise.
Acupuncturist are trained to find energetic blocks and correct these blocks with the painless insertion of acupuncture needles. Acupuncture creates many physiological changes in the body, including the stimulation of hormones and neurotransmitters, increased blood flows and enhancing immune function. Most people experience a profound feeling of relaxation and well-being during and after an acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture can work surprisingly quickly. Many patients experience a reduction in symptoms after just the first treatment. The longer you have experienced symptoms, the more treatment sessions may be required. Your practitioner will discuss a treatment plan with you detailing an estimate of how many treatments will be needed and how often.