Acupuncture Charlotte, NC | Charlotte, Acupuncture Clinic

Abbie Mercurio MA, AP, LAc, Dipl Ac ~ Ray Mercurio LAc, Dipl Ac

Treatment Modalities


Through their work, early Chinese physicians discovered a network of energy below the surface of the skin, now known as acupoints. By tapping into these acupoints, therapists can access Qi, the energy of the body. This energy can be disrupted by stress, physical, emotional, environmental or chemical trauma, lack of exercise, over-exertion, seasonal changes and poor dietary habits. Imbalanced Qi has an adverse effect on health. Studies indicate that acupuncture impacts the central and peripheral nervous systems. It releases endorphins from the brain, which explains why it is effective for pain control, just one of its many strengths. The acupuncturist inserts thin, solid, sterile, stainless steel needles into acupoints (one time use). Qi is accessed through them and sends a message to the brain. When inserted, these slender needles may feel like a pinch, hot, cold, numb, achy, tingly or heavy. The sensation is momentary and is usually followed by a relaxation response.

CranioSacral Therapy

Both Ray and Abbie Mercurio have been providing CranioSacral Therapy in their health care practice for over 25 years. Each was employed at the prestigious Upledger Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida as CranioSacral Therapists. It was at the Institute that they first became aware of the powerful synergy between Acupuncture and CranioSacral Therapy. CranioSacral Therapy is an effective technique for those who want to release trauma, relieve pain, improve immunity and feel better.

Many people who have received and benefited from CranioSacral Therapy say that the best way to understand the process is to receive the treatment. It is equally beneficial for babies and children, who find it soothing and stabilizing. CranioSacral Therapy provides a drug-free and natural alternative to Western medicine for treating:

  • Birthing trauma and attendant imbalance
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism, ADHD, learning disabilities
  • Depression (resulting from dysfunction of the CranioSacral System)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma (pain, accidents, surgeries, abuse)
  • Post-stroke
  • Migraine
  • Diminished immunity
  • Personal development (insight, creativity, purpose, transition)

For additional information please see the Upledger Institute and International Association of Healthcare Practitioners website.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

Chinese herbal medicine is safe and effective. Herbs are combined for maximum, complementary effectiveness and are known as formulas. Formulas are created from plants, leaves, flowers, roots and seeds. Proper combining increases efficacy and decreases unwanted side effects. These herbs are used to treat underlying conditions as defined by traditional Chinese diagnoses. Everyone is unique. This is why two people with similar symptoms may be prescribed different formulas.

In our office we prescribe teas, capsules and pills. We think of herbal formulas as food or supplements. They can be used as an adjunct to acupuncture or as treatment all on their own. The goal of using herbs is to support your system, thereby enhancing resistance to infection, improving organ function, releasing pain and preventing future disease. Only the highest grade sulfur-free herbs are prescribed.

Moxibustion Therapy

Moxibustion Heat Therapy is an ancient treatment used to warm, clear and tonify the body. The application of heat can be either direct or indirect. When direct, small cones are rolled and applied to acupoints on the body. When indirect, a lit moxa stick is held just above the acupoints. The gentle heat created by this technique increases and enhances Qi, our life force.

Lymph Drainage Therapy

Lymph Drainage uses rhythmic movement massage to drain body fluid stagnations, release toxicity, and enhance immunity. Using subtle manual maneuvers the practitioner can activate lymph and interstitial fluid circulation. This is also a very effective way to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, the part of the autonomic nervous system that is compromised by continuous, elevated stress levels. This is a particularly successful modality for reducing edemas, inflammations, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. It is relaxing and anti-aging. For additional information please see the Upledger Institute.

Movement Therapy

This body of work, based on the Trager approach, incorporates gentle movement to induce deep states of neuromuscular relaxation. This method is an effective treatment for releasing physical trauma and chronic neuromuscular challenges.

Neuromuscular Therapy

Neuromuscular therapy (NMT) utilizes specific massage therapy, flexibility stretching and home care to eliminate the causes of most neuromuscular pain patterns. This specific and scientific approach to muscular pain relief brings about balance between the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system.
NMT enhances the function of joints, muscles and biomechanics (movement) as it releases endorphins, the body’s own natural pain killers.

Lifestyle Counseling

Lifestyle Counseling is provided to support clients in establishing healthful routines despite the ever-present demands of modern, busy life. These counseling sessions focus on a variety of methods for promoting and restoring balance: exercise, stress reduction, meditation, visualization, healthy communication, nutrition, the environment,and addressing personal challenges and concerns.