AcupunctureDrawing on over two decades of experience as a biologist, home birth assistant, natural childbirth educator, lactation guide, and mother, Sheila offers a level of comprehensive care which translates into a vital, holistic, and empowering experience for her patients. She provides nurturing and informative support for women concerned about fertility issues, miscarriage, pregnancy, childbirth and lactation, postpartum issues or menopause, and can assist them in achieving rejuvenation and revitalization from these potentially draining events.

Sheila provides holistic health care using Traditional Asian Medicine to the Greater Roanoke Valley community with an office at The bea-ing center for Holistic Health at 1420 3rd Street SW, Suite 204, in the Historic Old Southwest neighborhood of Roanoke. She offers Traditional Asian Medical therapies including Chinese and Japanese acupuncture styles, Traditional Chinese and Western Herbal Medicine, dietary therapy according to the Five Flavors Theory, and medical Qigong. Her area of specialty is women’s health care, with a particular emphasis on providing support for menstrual disorders, fertility, healthy pregnancy, natural childbirth and lactation, postpartum rejuvenation, and healthy menopause.

The following details are provided on the therapies offered by Sheila Guarnagia, M.Ac, L.Ac.:

Acupuncture – differential diagnosis and treatment applying Chinese and Japanese styles of palpation, tongue and pulse analysis, and needle insertion and manipulation with sterile, single use, filiform acupuncture needles and adjunctive therapies;

Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine – treatment by formulation of unique herbal combinations which are balanced specifically for the individual’s pattern of imbalance, constitutional tendencies, and acute or chronic influences;

Traditional Western Herbal Medicine – treatment by formulation of unique herbal combinations which are balanced specifically for the individual’s pattern of imbalance, based in part on Appalachian Folk Medicine;

Dietary therapy according to the Five Flavors Theory – Traditional diets can provide deep nourishment, enhance longevity, and support health and healing when applied with attention to the idiosyncratic needs of the individual.  Asian style pattern differentiation provides the guidance to accurately assess dietary needs or restrictions for best results;

Medical Qigong – treatment using movement, gentle tuina manipulative techniques, and transmission of Qi and instruction in specific techniques and exercises prescribed for individuals to aid in treatment of their unique pattern of imbalance.

In addition to these therapies offered, Sheila has experience as a home birth midwife and labor support, childbirth educator, and lactation guide; she has studied Hatha Yoga; and she constantly researches the issues of vaccination, local food sourcing and sustainable farming, the effects of modern technology on health and wellness, metabolic fitness, and whole food nutrition and cooking.


Sheila Guarnagia, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C. H., holds a B.A. in Biology from Smith College, a Master of Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture, and completed a three year program in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine with renowned Master Herbalist Sharon Weizenbaum, L.Ac.  Sheila is certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has worked and published in the fields of ecological and medical research and completed over 4 years as an apprentice home birth midwife in Arizona.  Recently she has studied Appalachian Folk Medicine with Phyllis D. Light, AHG, and Traditional Western Herbal Medicine with Matthew Wood, M.Sc., AHG.


Phone: 540-797-4685

Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 am to 5 pm

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