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We practice “comprehensive Chinese medicine” because we are trained in the complete Chinese medical system. We do not simply tap in acupuncture needles and leave the room. We are hands on and concretely involved in shifting the body toward health, utilizing acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, Chinese medical bodywork, raw herbal formula, diet and lifestyle changes & dao yin (qi gong) practices.
We feel it is only by employing all of the tools of Chinese medicine with an experienced hand that one can expect to create profound, tangible and lasting results. We do not specialize in spa or preventative health services. We treat illness and injury, and are looking to make a tangible shift in the condition very quickly.
Why our training is different: Since 1989 Andrew Nugent-Head sought out practitioners that were already practicing medicine prior to the changes of communism in China. Andrew became their student, documenting their treatments. Founding a company focused on preserving this wisdom, Andrew created an income stream for his teachers, bringing them around the world to teach their knowledge to the west.
Through three decades of studying traditional Chinese medicine in this teacher – disciple fashion, not only did Andrew learn medicine and a classical perspective, but he preserved a tangible medical skill that would have been lost without his efforts.
Today sadly, many of the great practitioners in China have passed away or are too old to travel and teach their skill to others. With the passing of so many great teachers, Andrew shares his 28 years of experience with other practitioners around the world, aiming to raise the bar of Chinese medicine.
Through the Alternative Clinic in downtown Asheville, Andrew Nugent-Head and his wife JulieAnn offer tangible, effective and comprehensive Chinese medical care, and internship opportunities for their colleagues. Improving the skill of every practitioner can only be done by watching others effectively treat a broad range of illness. Thus, the Alternative Clinic is the realization of a dream shared by each of Andrew’s teachers – a place to practice tangible medicine and teach that skill to others.
Come into 23 Broadway today to say hello and see what The Alternative Clinic is all about, or visit our not for profit website or youtube channel to judge for yourself.