Japanese Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Chad practices multiple styles of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in our clinics in Asheville, NC and Knoxville, TN. Each style lends itself to view the body through a different lens. While most practitioners in the region practice Classical Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) our difference is that we practice those, and specialize further in Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM) and a highly succinct Japanese style – Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) which features gentle and  advanced diagnostics of the organs, fine needles and fast strategies for relief of complex physical pain and associated syndromes. This allows Chad to address your issue(s) from multiple angles, finding the best pathway to health.

Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS)

KMS Style features a highly systematized method of abdominal palpation. We use fine gauge needles, magnets, diodes, and moxibustion to effectively treat a wide variety of complaints from complex structural disorders to internal organ maladies. Read more about KMS Style.

Acupuncture Physical Medicine (APM)

APM features palpation of the body using Classical Chinese Medical theory paired with the modern medical trigger point therapy (also known as ‘dry needling‘) yielding effective treatments for many complex, chronic disorders that evade modern medicine such as chronic fatigue syndrome, stress disorders, and fibromyalgia, as well as symptomatic relief of internal medical complaints in the various organ systems of the body such as neurological, cardio-respiratory, gastro-intestinal, genitourinary, and gynecological complaints. Read more about Acupuncture Physical Medicine.

Massage Therapy

Chad has been practicing western (Sweedish, Deep Tissue, etc.) massage therapy since 2002. His knowledge of the body’s anatomy is vast and deep. When he studied acupuncture in 2008 he was able to go very deep into his studies, very quickly as he was already knowledgeable about the fascia, muscles and soft tissue of the body.  Zheng GU Tui na is an highly effective advanced form of Chinese Medical massage and is used as a diagnostic and treatment protocol during  almost every acupuncture treatment. 

Zheng Gu Tui Na (Advanced Chinese Medical Massage)

Tui na is Chinese medical massage usually worked over the clothes. It follows Chinese Medical Theory and uses acupressure and massage techniques to open, soften, and bring blood flow to ‘stuck’ places.

Chad practices Zheng GU Tui na – an advanced diagnostic and massage therapy which works synergistically with acupuncture to encourage healing of musculoskeletal conditions as well as many internal conditions. Chad completed the seven levels of this unique and advanced training which include joint mobilization, orthopedic assessment,  and bone setting. He works with these techniques as needed in most treatments.

Zheng GU Tui na facilitates healing in a wide variety of complaints from frozen shoulder, golfer’s elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome to asthma, hypertension, and heart disease.

When external herbs are incorporated in the form of moxibustion, essential oils, liniments, plasters, and poultices the body changes even more rapidly toward a healthy state.


Shiatsu originated in Japan and means finger pressure.  Customarily performed over loose fitting clothes using range of motion and acupressure to open the channels of energy that flow through the body. Using Chinese Medical Theory, these blockages are released and the patient leaves feeling balanced, centered, and relaxed. Chad often uses Shiatsu techniques during your treatment.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses oils to glide over the surfaces of the body facilitating release of tension in muscle tissue, releasing constrictions of the connective tissue, and calming the mind and emotions.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage focuses on specific muscle groups and targets holding patterns and areas with pain or problematic injuries.  Deep does not always mean deep pressure.  Proper breathing should be incorporated to allow the muscles to release rather than using force.

External Herbs

Linaments, Soaks, Plasters, and Essential Oils

These external herbs stop pain, resolve blood stasis, clear heat (inflammation), increase circulation, reduce swelling, knit bones, and relax tendons.

When used in conjunction with acutherapy and plenty of rest, we see faster recovery times.

“When I tore my Achilles tendon, it was at least 40% torn. I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how well an herbal soak works. For eight days I soaked my ankle and my pain became less, range of motion increased, and six-weeks after the injury I was fully recovered.” says Chad.

Many people have Achilles tendon pain because of a tear. Once this type of injury goes untreated for a long period of time, it becomes more difficult to treat. Injuries can linger when left untreated. The sooner treatment happens, the better the opportunity for full recovery.

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