Lee Bredenberg – Licensed Acupuncturist

Lee Bredenberg has been practicing Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Western North Carolina since 2009. Her degree in Oriental Medicine required 4 rigorous years of study at Taoist Traditions accredited acupuncture college in Asheville, NC, that not only included Oriental Medicine & Herbology, but also included Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Pharmacology. This prepared her for integrating care when treating patients alongside their regular medical care.

In the mid ’90s, experiencing chronic knee pain and 3 knee surgeries, Lee began exploring medicines with more naturopathic approaches. She began to explore healing modalities which, instead of simply eliminating symptoms, would assist the body in doing what it is innately capable of, healing. This search led her to the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.   

Lee believes that, as a holistic healthcare practitioner, she serves as both a teacher and a guide, assisting each patient along their journey to optimal health, by encouraging questions and helping find answers. In addition to acupuncture, moxibustion, and cupping, as part of her treatment plans, Lee incorporates herbs and nutritional supplements, as well as dietary recommendations, often with a functional medicine, in addition to Oriental Medicine, approach.

Acupuncture is used to treat anxiety, depression, & musculoskeletal pain, just to name a select few conditions. It has been shown to improve sleep & circulation, along with numerous other bodily processes. Because acupuncture is a holistic treatment, the body and the mind/spirit are never separate. Acupuncture needles are practically as thin as a thread, almost resembling the thinness of a cat’s whisker. How sensitive a person is to acupuncture varies greatly from person to person. While one person, may feel drastic results from 1 treatment, another person may not feel a dramatic difference until after 4 weekly treatments.  

Please call Lee at (828) 785-2934 for questions regarding acupuncture or to book an appointment. Please specify booking at Middle Path.

Services and Rates:

$100 = Initial acupuncture session (1.75hr),
– Includes detailed client intake, dietary and herbal consultation, moxibustion and cupping as needed, plus first needling treatment.

$85 = All follow-up acupuncture sessions after initial consult (1.5hr)

$55 = Herbal and Dietary consultation (1hr)

$55 = Cupping session (Not to exceed 1hr)

What is Cupping and Moxibustion?

Cupping and moxibustion are Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments that work on the same principles as acupuncture that throughout your body, there are acupoints located along meridians through which the body’s energy runs. When you feel unwell or sick, there is an imbalance in this meridian system which can be corrected by stimulating specific points so the energy flow can be restored and balanced.

In Cupping, small glass cups are suctioned to the skin and the skin is gently pulled upward into the jar, feeling like a strong squeeze. By drawing up the skin, the pores are opened up, stimulating energy and blood flow. This allows the body to naturally balance and helps draw toxins out. The cups are typically left on for five to ten minutes, depending on the condition of the patient.
Cupping can be used in many different treatments, but the most common conditions treated include: Respiratory conditions such as common cold, flu, bronchitis, and asthma. Arthritis. Gastrointestinal disorders. Stiff and/painful neck, back, and shoulder muscles. Depression.

Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. Treatment is done by heating a Chinese herb, called Moxa or Mugwort, over a specific acupuncture point. The radiant heat stimulates the point which warms the meridian, strengthens the blood, and stimulates the flow of energy. With moxibustion a small, cone shaped moxa is placed on the acupuncture point and lighted. The patient experiences a pleasant healing sensation that penetrates deep into the skin. The treatment is not painful because the the moxa is removed before it can burn the skin. Moxa can also be applied to the head end of the acupuncture needle creating a warm-need therapy treatment.

Moxibustion can help many conditions. Here is a list of a few common treatments: It can reduce menstrual cramps, especially when used in conjunction with traditional acupuncture. Moxibustion is commonly used for colds, it draws out cold and dampness trapped inside the body and warms the meridians, causing a smoother flow of blood and energy. Moxibustion also has a strong energizing and tonifying/fortifying effect, which makes it ideal for patients with fatigue or weak immune systems who get frequent colds and flus.