Essential Circles of Life

Essential Circles of Life is a Healing Arts Clinic focused on serving the Greater Hickory area through Acupuncture, Massage, and Chinese Herbal Therapy.  We strive for “Corrective Care” rather than a “Relief” based approach with our patients to help them achieve both short-term and long-term goals with their personal health.  Our objective is to empower our patients to take greater control of their health and lifestyle on their journey throughout life.  We offer a unique advantage to our patients in that our practitioners communicate and work in tandem with each other in order to streamline your track to better health without the aggravation of multiple practitioners in different offices.  We look forward to working with you.

Our Services

What Our Clients Say


A few years ago I became very ill. I had welts all over my body, severe pain throughout my body(sensitive to the slightest touch), my body ached, ran a fever of 103 for several days, and my eyeballs hurt. I went to a Western Medical Doctor who wanted to put me on broad spectrum antibiotics, but when my blood came back normal I said no, they then gave a diagnosis of Systemic Blood Disorder. They said it would be something that would re-occur every six months to a year. I did not like this diagnosis so I went to see Shay, he began treatment immediately and within days I was feeling better, after several weeks i was back to my normal  state of good health. Through the use of Acupuncture and herbal remedies Shay was able to restore my health and I have had no symptoms in the last four years. I continue to see Shay on a regular basis just to keep my health at optimal level. He has also helped me over the years with gynecological issues. He is a very professional, knowledgeable, and proficient practitioner.
I also take my son to see him. He has helped with allergies, stomach pain, and just the common cold. Shay is very good with children he makes them feel safe and in good hands.



I have been treated by Shay Cline for about two years now. He has treated me for stress, IBS, tennis elbow, sinuses, headaches, allergies and upper respiratory problems, and he has been successful in treating all of my issues.   
 My tennis elbow was completely gone after 4 visits and I have not had an IBS flare for almost a year and a half.   My allergies, sinuses, and upper respiratory problems have plagued me for almost 35 years and my symptoms while not completely gone are very minor compared to what they used to be before I started acupuncture.   I’ve seen two ENT specialists who’ve said that I need surgery to widen my sinus and nasal passages.  However, I chose to take matters into my own hands and decided to try acupuncture since the surgery only produces a 50% improvement in one’s breathing.  So I continue to get acupuncture every other week and breathe freely!


age 45


Acupuncture is an important part of my healthcare. I have been going to Shay ever since he opened up his practice in 2003.  A couple of times over the years he left, to go for extra studies and to improve his knowledge.
He has helped me with my overall general health, and more specifically with Liver problems.  He is most certainly helping me with my grief over the death of my daughter.  So whether my problems are physical or emotional, he always manages to improve my life.
I write this with gratitude.


Newton NC

  • Office Number: (828) 322-1529

    Shay Cline L.Ac.:  (828) 302-4592

    Wendy Hall LMBT 2501: (828) 244-9790

  • 74 8th St. SE, Hickory NC 28602 Suite 235

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    Office Hours:

    Shay Cline L.Ac.

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Wendy Hall LMBT 2501

    Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

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