Join us at our beautiful Asheville clinic for an experience that transcends typical healthcare, where tradition meets expertise in every treatment.

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Discover Traditionally Practiced Acupuncture

At The Alternative Clinic, we embrace the ancient art of acupuncture, a cornerstone of traditional Chinese medicine. Our clinic, led by the renowned Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head, along with our team of skilled practitioners, is dedicated to effectively applying acupuncture to a wide range of conditions and severities.

A Journey to Holistic Well-being

Our approach to acupuncture goes beyond mere symptom relief. We believe in treating the individual as a whole. Our treatments are tailored to address the unique needs of each patient, focusing on restoring balance and promoting natural healing. We integrate time-honored techniques with a deep understanding of the human body, honed through years of study and practice in China, Europe, and the United States.

Expertise in Traditional Practices

Andrew Nugent-Head, throughout 28 years in China, and under the mentorship of Dr. Xie Peiqi, learned how to confidently treat serious and chronic ailments. Through direct mentorship with traditional practitioners that is nearly unheard of today, Andrew developed skill, focus and clarity. Our treatments reflect this rich legacy, offering patients a unique experience that combines ancient wisdom, western comfort and modern understanding.

What to Expect in Your Session

Our team’s expertise extends beyond the ordinary. Each practitioner’s unique background is enriched by the deep insights and teachings of Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head. United by a shared passion, our team is dedicated to preserving and practicing this ancient art in its most authentic form.Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture | The Alternative Clinic

Our practitioners are not just skilled in acupuncture; they are well-versed in the broader aspects of traditional Chinese medicine. This includes herbal remedies, dietary advice, and lifestyle adjustments to complement the acupuncture treatments. Together, we create a holistic healing environment that respects the traditional roots of our practice while catering to the individual needs of our patients.

In every session, you’ll find a synergy of discussion and guidance, acupuncture, bodywork and herbal formula when appropriate.  We believe in empowering our patients with knowledge and care that extends beyond the treatment room, working tangibly to alleviate symptoms by resolving the root cause.

Beyond Needles: A Comprehensive Approach

Our commitment to traditional Chinese medicine extends to a range of complementary therapies. From herbal medicine to bodywork and lifestyle advice, we provide a holistic healing experience. Our clinic is not just a place for treatment; we offer wellness treatments to help you age well and live long!

Join Us on a Healing Journey

Whether you are new to acupuncture or seeking an expert to treat a chronic condition, The Alternative Clinic offers a welcoming and transformative environment. With the expertise of Andrew and JulieAnn Nugent-Head and our dedicated team of highly trained practitioners, embark on a journey to better health and well-being.

Clinic Membership

The Alternative Clinic is a 501c3 not for profit organization, founded in 1989 as the Association for Traditional Studies (ATS) (

In the state of North Carolina, insurance rarely covers alternative medicine treatments, creating financial obstacles for many.  Yet, maintaining affordable prices and making tangible improvements for every patient is crucial for our clinic’s mission.

While the majority of acupuncturists maximize revenue by concurrently running multiple treatment rooms,  our clinic is dedicated to one patient at a time for the duration of treatment. We are tangibly involved in affecting each condition, offering all the tools of Chinese medicine; acupuncture, herbs, bodywork and discussion.

To offer our exceptional care in our exceptional environment, we rely on raising $100,000 each year to subsidize treatment prices, pay our staff well above living wage, and be dedicated to each client, one at a time for optimal results.

Clinic membership is thus the main form of grassroots support we receive for our work,  Membership creates a community of patients helping our community of patients, and allows us to offer probono care to active duty fire and police.

Members receive discounts on every Chinese medicine or wellness treatment for the calendar year, as a thank you for your support and an encouragement to make treatments a frequent part of your self-care regime.  We are doing all we can to make medical care effective and affordable.  We thank you for your help to continue our mission!

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