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Meet Karyla

Karyla Pronounced “Kahr-lah”. The “y” is silent. And this is Daisy, the office manager.  I became involved with acupuncture when I was preparing to attend medical school. One of my mentors recommended acupuncture for some health issues I was having. I wasn’t sure at first, but I went for 6 sessions and found that it hugely benefited me. At that point in my life, I had worked with a lot of physicians in modern western medicine, but at the age of 33 I decided I didn’t want to be a part of that stoic and sterile experience. The acupuncture sessions I went to felt much more personal and heart centered.  The satisfaction level was completely different.  I felt that my practitioner really heard what I had to say without dismissing me.  So, I decided that I wanted to practice medicine through traditional acupuncture rather than western medicine.

What I’ll do

I’ll cover your medical history. I’ll also take the AcuGraph diagnostic for you.  All you’ll do is hold a small bar in your hand, and then I use a probe placing it on several acupuncture points. AcuGraph (or my nickname for the little machine is ‘Gus’) will record the results, creating a graph. It takes less than 5 minutes. When we’re done, it will give us information to help guide the treatment process.  I’ll decide which acupuncture points to use, and then we’ll begin treatment. For about 5 minutes, I’ll apply the needles, after which you’ll rest for about 30 minutes on a massage table, taking what is fondly referred to as ‘an acupuncture nap’.

Follow up appointments include a short review of how the previous treatment affected you, another quick report from ‘Gus’ to see what has changed, and another treatment.  We will review any supplements or herbs you may be taking as well as your diet.  You are encouraged to ask questions or send me an email with any questions between treatments.


There seems to be a lot of questions about DRY NEEDLING.  Let me take a moment to answer this for you.  ALL ACUPUNCTURE IS DRY NEEDLING, BUT NOT ALL DRY NEEDLING IS ACUPUNCTURE.  Dry needling simply means that the needle is not injecting medication.  It is in this sense, dry.  The acupuncture school I attended, Tri-State College of Acupuncture, specialized in teaching the ‘technique’ of dry needling along with Traditional Oriental Medicine.  A major part of my education involved many classes in anatomy, physiology and pathology from the Western medical perspective.  I have 3500 hours of education about the body and how to use acupuncture needles to heal the body based on Chinese medical theory.  Along with this, I learned the technique of dry needling, which involves releasing painful Trigger Points in the muscles.  This treatment works extremely well for athletes as well as those who have had injuries.  I use this technique when needed for those cases where it is appropriate to use.  And, because this is the work I do, I do it daily.  This means, if you come to me, not only are you benefiting from the 3500 hours of study I have completed, but also all the years I have been doing this almost daily – and I’m closing in on 20 years of practice.

So if you have any questions about dry needling, come and ask me.  I’m happy to explain it further, and, I’m good at it.

Traditional Oriental medicine uses five methods to treat illness: acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, a form of massage (Tui Na) and exercise (Qi Gong). It is one of the few complete medical systems that include the health of the body, mind and spirit as one.  Acupuncture is the main method and employs the use of small needles (the thickness of a single horse hair) at specific sites on the body.

In Western terminology, the action that results from the insertion of the needle causes the immune system of the body to respond. As a result, blood flow and neurotransmitters move to release the area affected by illness, whether it is pain from physical trauma or other internal disorders. The increased flow of blood and endorphins reduces pain and improves functioning of the organs. However, this Western explanation reduces the true Eastern philosophy into extremely simplistic terms. The Chinese refer to the energy behind these actions as Qi. Qi can become obstructed by physical injury, psychological stress and lifestyle. Releasing areas of obstruction will free the flow, promoting improved health.

Oriental medicine takes into account many causative factors involved in disease. All factors, including genetics, trauma and emotional stress, nutrition, environment and viruses are considered when a pattern of illness arises.



  • PAIN FROM HEAD TO TOE:  From headaches and migraines, to neck and shoulder pain, back pain, hip pain, joint pain, knee pain, arthritis, Sports Injuries, Fibromyalgia, and pain from chronic health disorders.
  • PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL:  My first professional degree is as a Clinical Counselor/psychotherapist.  As a result, I listen closely and specialize in the treatment of anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues (whether with a spouse, parent, sibling, child, boss or friend), stress, and grief to name a few.  Also, addictions, which include addiction to cigarettes, drugs, emotions, food, and the list goes on…
  • GYNECOLOGICAL:  Irregular cycles, painful periods, lack of periods, pre-menstrual tension, perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms.
  • DIGESTIVE DISORDERS:  Irritable Bowel, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, weight issues, bloating and appetite issues.
  • ALLERGIES AND SINUS ISSUES:  Living in the lowcountry of South Carolina, I see allergies and sinus problems weekly.  The beauty of this area with all its glory has only one drawback – pollen and mold.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine has the solution.
  • OTHER MAJOR HEALTH ISSUES:  Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, High cholesterol, Obesity, Chronic Fatigue, Side-effects from chemo and radiation.
  • GRIEF AND LOSS:  I am adding this again as a separate emotional issue. Grief from loss often goes unrecognized.  Grief is not only the physical loss of a loved one, but also includes, loss of work, home, pets, fertility, having a major health diagnosis, friendships and family tensions to name a few.  Unacknowledged grief can result in many other emotional and health issues.  If you’re not sure, just call me for a free consultation.
  • FOR ANY OTHER HEALTH ISSUES:  Just give me a call, or come on in for a free consultation.