The Chinese Acupuncture
and Herbology Clinic (CAC) was established in l985 by Mary Cissy
Majebe, Oriental Medical Doctor, in Asheville, NC. The clinic
began on Merrimon Avenue in a small office with one treatment
room, a closet that became the herbal dispensary and another
storage room with a treatment table pushed against the wall.
The reception area consisted of a chair in the hallway.
Within the first year, the practice grew to the point that a
larger office was needed. The CAC rented 342 Merrimon Avenue.
The clinic was downstairs with three treatment rooms, and Cissy
lived with her daughter upstairs. There was a large entranceway
where Cissy’s daughter Genia practiced piano after school, which
provided the first instrumental ambiance for the treatment sessions.
In 1987 Junie Norfleet was hired as the CAC’s first business
The CAC attracted so many patients that another practitioner
was needed in 1987. In the coming years, additional practitioners
joined the clinic as the demand for service grew. The presence
of multiple practitioners created a new asset to the clinic,
the ability to work collaboratively within the clinic on extraordinary
In 1989, Maintlann Thoms, a local philanthropist whose family
was closely allied with
Thoms Hospital, helped Dr. Majebe to purchase property in the
Historic District of Montford, Asheville. This site provided
the needed space for the clinic’s growth.
In 1990, the CAC was “ privileged” to be the recipient of an
“investigative raid “ by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
The NC-SBI demanded that all of the patients leave the clinic
and proceeded to remove all patient records (1700) and all diplomas
and licenses from the clinic. This was the beginning of a long
struggle between the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners,
the State of North Carolina and Dr. Majebe. This struggle ended
with the North Carolina Legislature creating the North Carolina
Acupuncture Licensing Board (NCALB). The NCALB was assigned the
task of developing the rules and regulations governing the practice
of Acupuncture in North Carolina. Dr. Majebe was appointed to
the NCALB and was instrumental in writing the laws that govern
the practice of acupuncture in North Carolina. In 1993, the NCALB
began issuing licenses and Dr. Majebe chose the number 3 as her
During the decade following the NC-SBI investigation the Chinese
Acupuncture Clinic continued to expand and serve the community
with medicine that is both a complement and/or an alternative
to standard western medicine. The demand for the clinic’s services
was so strong that two satellite clinics were also created. The
first was in Hendersonville, NC in 1997 and the second in Waynesville,
NC in 2000.
In 1998 Dr. Majebe began to study with Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th
generation priest from the Jade Purity tradition of Daoism. This
enriched the practice of Chinese medicine at the clinic to a
level of health care that more deeply acknowledges the connections
between one’s physical, emotional and spiritual health.
In 2000, Dr. Majebe formed Daoist Healing Arts to help spread
Jeffery Yuen’s knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine. They
began to offer continued education for acupuncturists around
the country. They also created DVD’s illustrating self-care practices
that can be used at home to assist in healing.
In August of 2003 Daoist Traditions, College of Chinese Medical
Arts was born. This acupuncture college grew out of the dedication
and commitment of Junie Norfleet, Rachel Nowakowski, and Cissy
Majebe. Currently, each of the acupuncturists at the clinic is
also a faculty member or administrator at Daoist Traditions,
a school that is dedicated to the revival of Classical Chinese
Medicine teachings. This evolution has created a staff of practitioners
who are dedicated, not only to their own practice, but also to
the educational training of acupuncturists entering the profession.
Practitioners at the CAC are joined together in a family centered
practice that works with patients ranging from infants to senior
citizens. After 23 years, the Chinese Acupuncture Clinic has
grown to a group of 8 dedicated professionals, making it the
largest Chinese medicine group practice in the Southeastern United
States. Together they provide more than 14,000 therapy sessions
each year, and have assisted thousands of people on their journey
to health and healing.
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