Wilmington Acupuncture and Counseling Center offering Acupuncture, Counseling and Massage to the Wilmington,NC area.
Lumina Station: 1904 Eastwood Road - Suite 309, Wilmington, NC 28403 910-509-0444
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PAGE PATERSON - M.Ac., L.Ac. #001

The ancient forms of acupuncture and herbs, dating back over 5000 years, have stood the test of time well. The continued widespread use of these therapies in Asian countries and the increased usein Europe and the Americas is a testament to their effectiveness. With roots running deep in Taoist medicine, the Americas have become the melting pot for information from around the world as this natural approach to healing enjoys a renaissance. Acupuncture is designed to treat the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels and treats all health concerns in a non-toxic way. It is one of the best preventative approaches to healthcare available. The treatment plan is based on a traditional diagnosis and is unique to each client. The treatment sessions are a relaxing, rejuvenating and illuminating hour in a peaceful environment.

Chinese medicine views the natural world and human life as completely interconnected. Nature is the basis of all ideas and images in Chinese medicine. With this in mind, human life can be understood through the lens of natural phenomena.


Ericca Burke, M. Dpl. Ac., L.Ac.

Ericca Burke is a board certified licensed acupuncturist who studied at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. Her Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine practice includes moxibustion, electrical stimulation, cupping, gua sha, and tui na. Ericca is a certified Taiji instructor, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT), certified fitness instructor, and a Reiki Master. Ericca also holds a BS in Engineering from Tufts University, a MBA from Northeastern University, and is an alumni of IBM where she completed a successful 24 year career leading and managing Development, User Experience, Marketing and Operations teams.

How Acupuncture Works

Chinese Medicine is based on laws of nature which describe the flow of life energy as it manifests in natural phenomena, such as seasonal changes, and within human beings. The Chinese call this energy "chi" and have mapped out its flow through our bodies along specific pathways called meridians.

All of nature can be explored through the five elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. These elements function according to natural laws that also govern the human body, the energy pathways in the body called meridians, everything we do, think, and feel -- all aspects in the cycle of birth, life, and death. We are all the elements, and the extent to which we live according to their natural laws is the extent to which we live in health. Five Element practitioners see individuals not only as they present themselves in illness, but as they would be in perfect health and balance, in full discovery of their true nature, unique in body, mind, and spirit.

What is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?

"Oriental medicine" encompasses a wide range of treatment approaches including acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion, tui na, massage, nutritional counseling and Qi Gong. This system of health and healing embraces the concept that a state of disease results when a person's vital energy "Qi" is out of balance and/or not flowing properly through its specific pathways (meridians).

When our chi is full and flowing, we experience health. When our chi is obstructed or imbalanced, illness and pain can occur. The symptoms we experience are signals that we need to take measures to restore balance.

Such imbalances can manifest not only in physical complaints, but also as emotional and psychosomatic stress-related disorders.

Fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body that have been empirically proven to be effective. The location of these points and pathways has recently been confirmed by electromagnetic research.

What if I'm already under the care of a Western Medical Doctor?

You can be treated with acupuncture and herbs while you are under the care of a western medical doctor. The two systems of medicine are highly compatible and can enhance each other's effects. Acupuncture is both a safe and effective mode of treatment with virtually no side effects.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

Chinese herbs are a most important aspect of the treatment for most disorders. Chinese herbs have been studied, developed and tested over a period of several thousand years, deeming them safe and effective.

Herbal formulas may be taken in the form of a pill, a tincture, a loose herb tea or in granule form.

Side effects are rare and herbs are safe in conjunction with most western medications.

All About the Needles:

Disposable, Sterile, Gentle

Many people express some nervousness about acupuncture needles.

Acupuncture needles are extremely fine with tapered tips and usually only slightly thicker than a human hair.

Most of the time, insertion of acupuncture needles is painless. What you may feel is a "qi" sensation, usually experienced as a feeling of warmth, pleasure, tingling, or slight aching in the area. It is not an unpleasant sensation at all. In fact, it is a healthy sign of the body's vital energy being summoned to heal itself. The overall experience most people have during treatment is one of relaxation or even sleepiness.