James Whittle

James Whittle M.S., L.Ac. is an acupuncturist and a practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). He has visited China more than 8 times to work in hospitals and conduct research. James has also consulted for the BBC on an acupuncture documentary and appeared on NBC news. In 2016, NBC called James “an expert in Chinese medicine.” He is the founder and owner of the Blue Ridge Clinic in Asheville, North Carolina, founded in 2003. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with honors, he completed his masters in acupuncture at Bastyr University in 2001. He is licensed to practice acupuncture in North Carolina and holds license #238. You can reach James at 828-254-4405.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

Preventing Illness with Classical Chinese Medicine One of the original sages of classical Chinese medicine was a brilliant physician who lost many family members during a pandemic in China nearly 1900 years ago. Motivated by his purpose and passion to transmit the knowledge he gained throughout his lifetime of experience in medicine, he wrote his magnum opus, the Shanghan Zabing Lun. That sage was Zhang Zhongjing. Not many people know that one of the reasons classical Chinese medicine focuses so […]

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Covid-19 Update

We have received four 5 star reviews on google during the pandemic. Thanks for supporting us and using Chinese medicine and acupuncture to boost your immune system and keep you well during these challenging times. To see our new reviews, click here: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=blue+ridge+acupuncture+clinic+google+reviews#lrd=0x8859f4d03374e79d:0x2e35bbf16c1cd1f,1,,,

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How to Maintain Your Health

Are you a one hit wonder? We all love a quick fix…and discovering how to maintain your health takes education and commitment: One shot at the doctors office… One silver bullet pill to make all the pain go away… One winning lottery ticket… One magic relationship that solves everything… Learning how to maintain your health takes practice. As modern people, we often want it now, right now, while in our souls we know that healing takes time. When we plant

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NBC calls James an expert in Chinese medicine

I was thrilled to be quoted by NBC news and called an expert in Chinese medicine when they did a story on Olympic athletes, including Michael Phelps, who were using cupping therapy. As a result of the article (waaaay back in 2016!), many people have come in to the clinic to receive cupping and many have called asking “what is cupping” “How can cupping help my pain” etc. IF you are curious about cupping you can check out the article

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Acupuncture for Dementia

The Los Angeles Times today reported on a new Lancet study that proves that 1 in 3 cases of dementia can be prevented. Nearly 8% of dementia cases can be prevented through early life education. In midlife, risk factors for dementia include hearing loss, hypertension and obesity. And in late life significant risk factors include smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes. Thirty five percent of dementia cases are potentially modifiable according to the study. Prevention requires education and

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Acupuncture for Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a very common, pervasive digestive issue, especially in countries eating a typical modern diet high in sugar, salt and fat. Acupuncture for Gastroesophageal reflux disease has been used in hospitals in Britain and has recently been proven effective. I do not think of Gastroesophageal reflux disease, as a disease, despite the name, because it is so easy to cure and heal with natural medicine. Perhaps we should rethink the way we apply the word

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The Acupuncturist and the Skeptic

The following conversation is redacted from a debate on an online forum from the Atlantic Magazine: There are numerous studies pointing to the effectiveness of Acupuncture for a wide variety of conditions. The Mayo Clinic reported one such study done for Fibromylagia. The researchers concluded: “This study paradigm allows for controlled and blinded clinical trials of acupuncture. We found that acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia. Symptomatic improvement was not restricted to pain relief and was most significant for fatigue

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Acupuncture Research

Acupuncture Improves Heart Function

November 14, 2002. ANAHEIM, Calif. American Heart Association: Acupuncture Improves Heart Function And Inhibits Sympathetic Activation During Mental Stress in Advanced Heart Failure Patients…   Acupuncture improved the health prospects of individuals with severe heart failure, according to a unique study reported today at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2001 conference. Acupuncture is the practice of piercing the skin with needles at specific points to treat illness or relieve pain. In this study Acupuncture dramatically reduced sympathetic nerve activity

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Sweeping the mountain of nerves

For many of us, it is time, simply time, to end the petty stresses of our lives. Can we truly commit to the awareness that happiness is eternally free from our circumstances? Are many or most of our problems “first world” problems? How many of us have visited a “third world” nation and noticed that people seem much happier there, less attached to fame, wealth and the future? Of course suffering can exist in anyone’s mind, in any location on

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