843.881.3002 karyla@healthgaines.com


Meet Karyla

I became involved with acupuncture when I was preparing to attend medical school. One of my mentors recommended acupuncture for 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.


  • 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.

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.