Sarah Thomas, LAc

Sarah and her best buddy, Oscar

Sarah and her best buddy, Oscar

I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and earned a degree in painting and art education from Pennsylvania State University. In 2008, I received my Masters in Acupuncture at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). This was the most brilliant education I ever could have asked for.

I enthusiastically practice 5-element acupuncture, which is the art of treating the intersection of the body and spirit. (See our blog post “What is 5-Element Acupuncture” for a beautiful introduction to this ancient approach). I also use TCM and classical treatment principles learned from ongoing studies with Jeffrey Yuen, 88th generation Taoist priest.

Bob Duggan and Dianne Connelly of Tai Sophia, along with all of my acupuncture mentors and other beloved wisdom teachers, have instilled in me a deep commitment to the treatment of people’s hearts over their symptoms. And a knowledge that the two are, in truth, inseparable.

I also combine craniosacral therapy, herbal medicine, stone and mineral medicine, and functional medicine into my work with patients.

I own and operate Clarity Stone Medicine, a live and online class resource for Chinese stone and mineral classes ( and teach healing principles and stone medicine at Appalachian School of Holistic Herbalism and yearly at several national conferences including the Southeastern Women’s Herbal Conference.

Everything I do is grounded in my passion to empower you as the expert of your own body. The potentials of this medicine lie well beyond fixing symptoms.


What clearly differentiates me from other acupuncturists:

There’s only a very small handful of 5-Element acupuncturists in Asheville. The foundational theory of 5-Element is that all disease is rooted in the spirit. This means that every physical symptom is somehow grounded in your inner world, your emotions, and your life situation.

This style of acupuncture is able to create deep and permanent change around states like worry, fear, depression, shame, guilt, anxiety, irritability, anger, grief, shock, trauma and so much more.

We can transform these states back to your natural states of peace, ease, calm, self-esteem, pride, joy, creativity, self-worth, motivation, inspiration and clarity.

We will also address issues at the “branches” in each treatment, moving the physical symptoms as well as “root” causes. Each treatment is designed for your unique energetics. Two people with the same headache do not receive the same treatment!

One thing my patients really love about my style is my ability to address such a wide range of issues and then meaningfully connect them – from very physical issues (sometimes using labwork) to very soulful issues (using the depth and scope of Chinese medicine).

Your innate healing ability, in body and spirit, will skyrocket with this kind of support.

To read more on 5-Element Acupuncture, visit the What is 5-Element Acupuncture page on this site.

(NC Acupuncture License #532 and nationally certified with NCCAOM #112481)