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Primary Care

Acupuncture Center

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Guidelines for the Optimal Acupuncture Treatment


  • Be sure to arrive SCENT FREE: perfume, scented lotions, etc. Others at the center may be very sensitive to certain scents.


  • Be sure not to eat, drink or brush your teeth 30 minutes before your treatment.  Water is the exception.

  • Remove metals from your body such as jewelry and underwires.

  • Turn off Cell Phone, Tablet, etc…

  • Relax and enjoy your “me” time



Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used forms of medicine in the world. Originating in China more than 2,500 years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.

Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress. Acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing very thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:

  • Pain reduction

  • Stress and tension relief

  • Increased energy levels

  • Stronger digestion

  • Relief from bad habits and addictions

  • Greater sense of overall health and well-being

Dry Needling Acupuncture


Dry needling is a technique that acupuncturists and other trained healthcare providers use to treat musculoskeletal pain associated with myofascial trigger points and movement issues.


It’s almost always used as part of a larger pain management plan that could include exercise, stretching, massage and other techniques. During this treatment, your practitioner inserts thin acupuncture needles into or near your trigger points to treat underlying myofascial trigger point pain. This helps relieve the pain and improve your range of motion. The needles can be longer sometimes, and also sometimes connected to an electrical stimulation device, of which you can read more below, under the heading Electroacupuncture.


Dry needling is mainly used to treat myofascial trigger points, but it is also used to target connective tissue, neural ailments, and muscular ailments. The American Physical Therapy Association defines dry needling as a technique used to treat dysfunction of skeletal muscle and connective tissue, minimize pain, and improve or regulate structural or functional damage.


Chinese Herbal Medicine


Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.

Chinese herbal medicine is part of a larger healing system called traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which also includes acupuncture, massage, dietary advice and exercise.  Chinese herbal medicine uses herbs to improve health. The biggest difference between Western and traditional Chinese herbalism is that herbalists don’t treat symptoms or diseases. They treat entire human beings, including their patterns of symptoms. 

The TCM philosophy proposes that everything including organs of the body - is composed of the five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. The herbs are similarly classified into the five tastes - sweet, salty, bitter, pungent and sour - which correspond to the five elements.

Chinese herbal therapy can come in the form of:

  • Granules or easy-to-digest capsules.

  • Teas, liquid extracts and powders.

  • A traditional formula.

  • A custom formula that your herbalist creates for you.


Since each patient has different needs, I carefully select and combine a variety of herbs that will synergistically blend together to achieve optimal results for your unique situation. I prescribe high-quality, professional-grade herbal medicines that are available only to qualified licensed professionals.



Cupping has been a part of Chinese Medicine for over 2,500 years. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues.


I simply place a specialized "cup" onto specific points on your body, and then use suction to draw your skin up into the cups. It doesn't hurt — it simply draws fresh blood to that area of your body, which facilitates the cleansing and strengthening of your Qi (energy). The end result is a greater overall sense of health and well-being.

Gua Sha


Although Gua Sha is an ancient healing technique used by Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years, it is relatively unknown in the West. It is recognized throughout Asia as a highly effective treatment for chronic pain conditions, stress, fatigue, and a host of other ailments.

First, Gua Sha oil is applied to a specific meridian (energy pathway) on your body. I then use a smooth round-edged object (such as a spoon) to apply short brisk strokes to that area. This creates red patches of skin (called "Sha"), detoxifying your blood and restoring the healthy flow if Qi (energy) to the area. There is no pain involved, and the Sha will fade in 2 to 3 days. But the sense of health and vitality you experience from it will last much longer.

Electroacupuncture or "eStim"


Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture.


Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, I insert very thin and sterile needles into specific points along the meridians of your body. I then attach the needles to a device that delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points.


This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.



Moxibustion is a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing and health. Moxibustion has been used for healing purposes throughout Asia for thousands of years.


The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of Qi (energy), and enhance your overall vitality and health.

Among other benefits, a landmark study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1998 found that 75.4% of women suffering from breech presentations before childbirth had fetuses that rotated to the normal position after receiving moxibustion at an acupuncture point on the bladder meridian.




What Is an Acupuncturist?

Acupuncture is an ancient practice in which tiny needles are placed on specific points under your skin. These needles are used to stimulate certain points of the body. People choose acupuncture both for therapeutic or preventative purposes.

There are two kinds of acupuncturists, professionals who practice acupuncture:

  • A licensed acupuncturist is someone who is a professional who has studied acupuncture and eastern medicine in order to maintain the health of their patients, and completed three academic years (around 3000 hours) of education at the Master’s Degree level in an Acupuncture Program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM).

  • A certified acupuncturist is a licensed doctor or dentist who has completed a training program equivalent to at least 200 hours and 100 hours of supervised experience.


Program and certifications may vary, though, depending on the state that you live in.  Acupuncture is now a popular practice in the western world.


The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK uses acupuncture in some of its general practices, as well as pain clinics and hospices.


The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) reports that the number of people using acupuncture for pain management is on the rise.


About 35 million Americans regularly use acupuncture treatments, so the need for acupuncturists is high.

5 Star Reviews (click here to

March 2020

My wife and I have movement disorders and we have been using Denise since 2016 and she has been very helpful. Her new location is very comfortable and quiet and full of energy. Denise knows a lot about Acupuncture, Moxa, Essential Oils and other natural care methods. The Primary Care Acupuncture Center is also expanding to include other related services from well qualified people. She is a good listener and takes the necessary time to make you comfortable and appreciated as a customer.  Before moving to SC I received Acupuncture in TX for 12 years and have utilized it for many conditions. My movement disorder is inherited and according to doctors is untreatable, but I am still walking at the age my Father and Uncle were in wheelchairs. Don't hesitate to meet with Denise for a consultation and learn what could help you without taking drugs.

March 2022

I have been receiving treatments from Denise for about a year now. I have numerous pain issues and have had great success in relief due to acupuncture. The compassion and concern Denise shows reveals her passion for her practice and her clients. I would highly recommend Primary Care Acupuncture to anyone with pain issues as a holistic approach for relief.

April 2023

I recently received acupuncture from Dr Denise Rusnak at Primary Care Acupuncture Center. I have had acupuncture at previous places in Anderson and in other states and Dr. Rusnak is far superior. I had treatment for plantar fasciitis and shoulder pain. I highly recommend her.

April 2023

I have been going to Denise for about 5 months now. I have some chronic issues and acute issues that have popped up along the way. I am very pleased with her flexible yet comprehensive approach to make sure she is able to address all of my concerns. She also listens and hears my concerns as she give me time to express them. The atmosphere of Primary Care Acupuncture Center is very peaceful and I find my experiences relaxing and peaceful.

April 2023

Mrs. Rusnak is amazing! Such a calming and sincere person. Every acupuncture session I have had has done me so much good. I am going specifically for fertility purposes and to reduce inflammation in the body but it has done so much more for me!

April 2023

My husband and I have been treated by Denise Rusnak for various health related issues and have been quite pleased. Denise is friendly, professional and knowledgeable. She is a great researcher as well regarding Chinese herbal medicine for various different things that may be affecting one's health. I was experiencing vertigo and purchased a herbal pill formula that made that vertigo go away. I was and am truly grateful. Keep up the great work of healing Denise! You rock!

April 2023

Great friendly treatment! I would recommend Denise for acupuncture to anyone looking for a more holistic way of healing. She really seems to know what she is talking about and takes the time to try to treat the whole person and not just the symptom.

October 2023

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Acupuncture with Denise has changed my life. I have numerous health issues. These treatments have made a difference with back pain, knee pain, and even sinus congestion and swelling. I am so grateful for her kindness and expertise.

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