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The Sullivan Center is now providing acupunture services by NCCAOM Certified Hui-Lin Tsai, L.Ac. Acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of health problems for more than 2,500 years. Although the mechanism of acupuncture is still not fully understood by modern science, its clinical efficacy in treating various medical conditions have been proven in the past few decades.

Acupuncture offers therapeutic relief for conditions like:

First Acupuncture Visit
Acupuncture has its limitation like all other therapies. In order to fully understand your medical history and determine whether you might benefit from acupuncture, the first visit takes about 45 minutes. Once you and your acupuncturist decide to start acupuncture, you will have your first treatment in the same visit.

Follow-Up Acupuncture Visit
In each follow-up visit, selection of acupoints would be made based on your improvement and new conditions. Re-evaluation would be made to determine the treatment plan.


  • Is it safe?
    • Acupuncture is safe when provided by a certified and licensed acupuncturist. Dizziness and fianting only happen when you receive acupuncture in a sit-up posture. Infection and punctured organ are very rare when your acupuncturist has proper training and uses FDA approved sterilized disposal needles.
  • What to expect during treatment?
    • The sensation on the needle sites during the treatment varies for each individual. Many patients feel nothing during the treatment. Fullness, tightness, tingling and soreness are some common sensations experienced.
  • What to expect after treatment?
    • You should feel no difference beyond improvement of your symptoms.
  • When should I see improvement?
    • Although every body responds to acupuncture differently, you should be able to feel the improvement within 2 to 3 treatments. If you have no improvement by the 6th treatment, you should seek your primary care provider's advice for your condition.
  • Should I inform my primary care provider about my acupuncture treatment?
    • It is a good idea to let your primary care provider know about all the medication and treatment you're currently receiving, including acupuncture.

About Hui-Lin Tsai
Hui-Lin TsaiHui-Lin Tsai graduated from the School of Chinese Medicine at China Medical University in Taiwan where she completed a 7-year integrative curriculum in Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine and earned dual degrees of both. 

After she graduated in 2001, she started practicing acupuncture, herbal medicine, and family medicine in Taipei Veterans General Hospital, the largest teaching hospital in Taiwan.  During those years serving in the hospital, except the abundant clinical experiences in acupuncture, she has been giving lectures in acupuncture and herbal medicine and supervising acupuncture training for domestic and international medical professionals.  She also completed the Clean Needle Technique training course and exam in Los Angeles and the NCCAOM certification exam in Boston in 2003.

In 2005, she moved to Clemson, South Carolina and completed all three steps of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations.  Since 2007, she has been a visiting physician under Dr. Liebman and Dr. Oliveira's supervision at the Clemson Health Center. During these years, she noticed the increasing needs of alternative therapy in this area and started taking acupuncture house calls since 2009.  The house calls were successful in helping patients who did not respond to conventional treatment or could not tolerate medication; the experience encouraged her to start an acupuncture clinic at the Clemson Health Center in 2010.

Hui-Lin began working with the Joseph F. Sullivan Center on campus at Clemson University in 2015.