Alison Warren, DAOM, L.Ac.


  • Kent State University - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Bastyr University - Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

  • Official Team Acupuncturist for the Carolina Panthers

Among the select few in the top of her field, Dr. Alison Warren holds a Clinical Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Warren received her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University in Washington, specializing in pain management. She received her Master’s of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chicago from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine after receiving her Bachelors in Premed and Psychology at Kent State University. During her training in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), she also traveled to China to train at prestigious hospitals in both Shanghai and Chengdu.

Dr. Warren has been a nationally board certified licensed acupuncturist and diplomat in Oriental medicine since 2010, and Asian Body Therapist since 2007. She has lectured on TCM and acupuncture mechanisms at prestigious universities, including Brown University. She has also taught orthopedic and neurological evaluation, along with specialized needle techniques for orthopedic disorders to acupuncturists and acupuncture students. As a gymnast, dancer, and martial artist from a young age, she has been intimately familiar with the demands of athletes and importance of optimized injury repair. Dr. Warren recently moved to Charlotte to provide her skills & experience in Integrative Medicine as part of our OrthoCarolina team.

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a form of medicine that has been effectively utilized for thousands of years and refined continuously to modern day. TCM combines both the wisdom of western physiology and pathology with traditional Chinese medical tools of evaluation and treatment, including acupuncture; herbal medicine; nutrition therapy; and Chinese massage techniques. The process of acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin, fine, sterile needles into specialized acupuncture points in an effort to restore homeostasis, or balance, to the body. These acupoints are typically located in superficial connective tissue and muscles in areas of concentrated nerve endings and vasculature. Such areas can be thought of as intelligent access points to the nervous system, which create signals to the spinal cord, brain, and body to reduce pain and inflammation. They evoke effects both locally at the site of pain, as well as systemically by stimulating our body’s own endorphins and opioids (pain relieving chemicals). Acupuncture has a further effect of improving blood flow, removing metabolic waste, and reducing inflammation in connective tissues, muscles, and joints to reduce pain and restore proper function. Acupuncture thereby facilitates the healing of damaged muscles, soft tissues, and joints.

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  • Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine
  • NCCAOM Board Certified Licensed Acupuncturist
  • Diplomate in Oriental Medicine
  • AOBTA Certified Asian Body Therapist
  • Member of American Pain Society
  • Member of American Association of Anatomists

Common Conditions Treated by Acupuncture:

  • Headaches - tension, migraine, cluster, cervicogenic
  • Menopausal symptoms - hot flashes, night sweats
  • Digestive Disorders - irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis, crohn's, GERD
  • Gynecological Disorders - painful periods, irregular periods
  • Respiratory disorders - including asthma
  • Psychological Disorders - stress, anxiety, panic attacks, depression
  • Post-stroke recovery, post-concussion recovery
  • Allergies and immune support
  • Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, post-herpetic neuralgia
  • Cancer therapy support - side effects of chemotherapy  and radiation, cancer pain management
  • Hypertension
  • Addiction - smoking, drugs, alcohol
  • Obesity - in conjunction with diet and exercise

Traditional Chinese Medicine:

  • Asian Body Therapy - including Tui Na (Chinese), Shiatsu (Japanese), Thai massage techniques
  • Gua Sha (pronounced “goo ah shah”) and Cupping - Techniques used in TCM to stimulate the immune system and relieve pain. These modalities increase blood circulation to the local area to which they are applied and stimulate the lymphatic and immune systems. As such, they are a great way to aid in detoxification of the entire body. By increasing blood flow to the local area, cupping and guasha help decrease pain, inflammation, and metabolic waste, while increasing range of motion. Temporary marks resulting from cupping and guasha are diagnostic, and indicative of the level of blood stagnation and inflammation of the affected area. These marks are temporary and typically disappear within a few days.
  • Topical Herbal Applications
  • Nutrition/Lifestyle Counseling