Green Envee: Plant Powered Skin Care Products

If you’ve been around the clinic lately you’ve probably noticed our new line of skin care products from Green Envee. We are proud to partner with a skin care company that shares our values that your best skin comes from within. Scroll all the way down for a special offer just for our readers!

Prepare to immerse yourself in a world of plant-powered skincare and experience the incredible benefits of modern science combined with eastern modalities.

Passion for Holistic Wellness

At Maryville Acupuncture, we firmly believe in the power of herbs and holistic practices to enhance our health and well-being. That’s why we are delighted to partner with Green Envee, a brand that shares our passion for sustainable and earth-friendly solutions. This exquisite line of skin care products is not just skin care, it’s an experience. 

The Green Envee Difference

What sets Green Envee apart from other skincare brands is its dedication to purity, transparency, and sustainability. Their commitment to using only the finest organic and sustainably harvested ingredients ensures that your skin receives the most potent, untainted goodness that nature has to offer. They call this their PURITY Promise, which starts from the seed to ensure the highest quality ingredients.  

Green Envee products are 100% vegan, gluten free, allergen friendly, and the company is Leaping Bunny Certified ensuring that you know exactly what you are putting on your skin. They only produce in small, individually tested batches in the Chicago-land area. 

Green Envee also has commitment to eliminating ingredients that are potentially harmful to health or the environment. Their philosophy is “Never Risk It, Always Nix It.” No federal law has been introduced to regulate cosmetics since 1983 and over 80,000 chemicals have been introduced since then. 1300 of these have been banned in the EU, while only 11 are banned in the US. Green Envee works to ensure that no potentially harmful substances make it in their products. They also have complete lists of ingredients showing possible allergens and pregnancy safe skin care guides. 

By incorporating these products into your daily skincare routine, you can experience the following benefits:

1. Nourishment from Within: Green Envee’s formulas work in harmony with your skin, delivering essential nutrients and antioxidants that promote a healthy, radiant complexion.

2. Gentle and Effective: Say goodbye to harsh chemicals. Green Envee products are crafted with care to be gentle, yet effective, making them suitable for all skin types.

3. Eco-Friendly  Green Envee embraces sustainability at every stage of their product’s lifecycle, from using fair trade ingredients that are sustainably harvested to packaging that is biodegradable and recyclable.

4. Plant Powered: Green Envee products are the perfect mix between nature and science with potent herbs and botanicals and bioactive essential oils delivering effective skin care without harsh chemicals. 

5. Cruelty-Free: Green Envee is staunchly against animal testing, allowing you to indulge in guilt-free self-care. All of their products are vegan and the company is Leaping Bunny certified. 

Our Top Green Envee Picks

To make your exploration of Green Envee’s offerings easier, the staff at Maryville Acupuncture has handpicked a few favorites that we know you’ll adore:

Soothe Herbal Cleansing Cream

1. Soothe Herbal Cleansing Cream: This gentle, luxurious, creamy cleanser will wash away dirt, makeup, and impurities from your day without stripping your skin’s natural oils. It is packed with antioxidant rich green tea and calming chamomile to help nourish the skin barrier and balance skin’s pH.  It is best for normal, dry, or sensitive skin.

H.A. Collagen Boosting Serum

2. H.A. Collagen Boosting Serum: This light serum can be used under any moisturizer or on its own. This serum is ultra hydrating helps to boost collagen with a blend of plant peptides, powerful antioxidants, hyaluronic acid, and echinacea stem cells revealing a firm, toned, and more youthful appearance. 

Nourish Replenishing Moisturizer

3. Nourish Replenishing Moisturizer: This deeply nourishing moisturizer contains Sacha Inchi and plant peptides to help energize cellular metabolism to promote healthy, firm skin while replenishing the skin’s natural moisture barrier leaving you with a dewy glow. 

Clear Complexion Healing Mask

4. Clear Complexion Healing Mask: We love this mask not only for its ability to detoxify skin and absorb dirt and other impurities, but for its versatility. This unique, powdered mask is mixed with water to create a paste that is applied to skin. It can also be combined with your favorite toner or even added to a ready-made mask to add some detoxifying power to your normal routine. Charcoal and probiotics mix to promote cellular turnover, reduce excess oil, refine pores, and reduce breakouts revealing a radiantly clear complexion.  

Unleash Your Natural Beauty with Green Envee

At Maryville Acupuncture we believe is supporting health in a holistic way, and that includes our largest organ, our skin! We are excited to offer this new line of products to our patients and use the within our family of cosmetic acupuncture and microneedling treatments. 

We hope you enjoy them as much as we do! 

Special for our readers:

Use discount code MARYVILLEA-10 for a 10% discount on your order over $100.

We may earn a small commission if you purchase through a link on this page.

Insurance Update: Starting January 1, 2024

After much deliberation, we will no longer be contracted with BlueCross BlueShield starting on January 1, 2024.

Until that point, you are welcome to use your insurance as you have been in the past. We will also continue to accept new insurance patients through the remainder of 2023.

We understand that this is a big transition, and it comes with a lot of intention. We deeply value our community and will remain committed to doing our best to help make acupuncture accessible. One of our goals is to launch a pilot program in 2024 to fill this need, which will supplement our current model of services. Please stay tuned!

We are grateful for the opportunity to play a role in your healthcare and look forward to continuing that relationship into the future.

We do (and will continue) to accept HSA and FSA cards.

We are also happy to provide superbills so you submit claims on your own and be reimbursed directly.

And, as always, we are happy to answer questions and help find the best way for you to continue care.

Mask Policy Update 2022

We would like to announce that we are changing our mask policy.

We feel that, after being masked in the clinic for two years, current COVID-19 conditions, and a fully vaccinated and boosted staff, warrant a change in our policy. We are no longer requiring masks in the office. What does this mean for the clinic? 

While we are lifting our previous mask policy, masks are still available to anyone who prefers to wear one; and all of our staff and providers are more than happy to mask upon request. 

While masks will not be required we are continuing our cleaning, sanitizing, and hand washing practices and will revisit our policies as needed. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to us at any time.

UPDATED COVID 19 Policy 2021-2022

Maryville Acupuncture COVID-19 Policy: 

Clinics will remain closed during any stay at home mandated by local or federal government with exceptions made on a case by case basis. We will follow any and all local and/or federal guidelines with respect to elective medical procedures. 

Employee Policies: 

  1. Each employee must wash hands when arriving for their shift and before and after any amount of patient contact. 
  2. Each employee must wear a mask during their shift.
  3. Self assess health before arriving at the clinic and do not report to work if you: 
    1. Have a fever over 100.4 degrees. 
    2. Have any COVID symptoms. 
    3. Have been exposed to COVID-19 and are symptomatic. If you are asymptomatic: 
      1. Vaccinated employee: You may return to work after a negative test
      2. Unvaccinated employee: required to quarantine per CDC guidelines. 
  4. Follow any updated CDC, local, or federal guidelines not covered by this document. 
  5. Minimize time patients spend in the waiting area. 
  6. All Employees and sublet tenants  must be vaccinated by 1/1/2022. Exceptions only allowed on a case by case basis following CDC guidelines. Exemption requests must be submitted in writing with necessary documentation. Regular COVID 19 testing may be required. 

Cleaning protocols: during the COVID-19 outbreak, strict cleaning protocols are to be followed: 

  1. All surfaces used are disinfected with a COVID approved cleaner  after each patient. This includes but is not limited to: 
    1. Treatment room door knobs
    2. Table and face cradle
    3. Call buttons
  2. Sheets are washed with Tide detergent on a hot cycle and changed in full between each patient 
  3. These and any other shared items must be disinfected with alcohol after every use and at the beginning and end or shift or before and after another staff member uses them: 
    1. Phone. 
    2. Ipad (also to be cleaned after each use by a patient)
  4. Wipe down these and other commonly touched surfaces with a COVID approved cleaner at least daily:
    1. Reception desk
    2. Bathroom
    3. Front door knobs/closet door knobs
    4. Kitchen and other staff areas

Patients will not be seen if they:

  1. Have been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days
    1. If they are vaccinated and asymptomatic, they can be seen with a negative COVID test
  2. Have a fever over 100.4 degrees, or other COVID-19 symptoms
  3. Refuse to abide by clinic policies

Clinic Policies: 

  1. Patients are asked to arrive on time for their appointment to minimize time in the waiting room.
  2. Patients are asked to come alone to their visit unless they are accompanying a minor or on case by case expectations for other circumstances. 
  3. Patients and guardians are required to wear a cloth mask during their visit. 
  4. Patients and guardians are asked to wash hands with soap and water immediately upon arriving for their appointment. 

Kate is on Maternity Leave & Welcome Jennifer Broadwell, L.Ac.

Maternity Leave

Kate is officially on maternity leave as of last week! We would like to give a HUGE thanks to you, our dear community, for all the support and understanding as we move through this transition.

We are so excited to welcome Jennifer Broadwell- who will be covering Kate’s maternity leave! Kate’s online scheduler will be on pause and we anticipate her return mid-August with an adjusted schedule of evenings and weekends. She will focus on supporting established patients and start accepting new patients again in 2022. More updates and photos to come! 

Welcome Jennifer Broadwell

We would like to welcome and introduce Jennifer Broadwell. Jennifer is coming to us from Florida and will be covering Kate’s maternity leave. She is a state licensed and nationally board certified acupuncturist and herbalist since 2011, and has been a licensed nurse since 2000. She created and managed the acupuncture program at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in the Women’s Department and the Oncology Department. She is committed to providing the highest quality personalized  care to all her patients. She will be at the clinic starting Monday June 28- July 2. To schedule an appointment please call our office phone 865-315-3157 to get set up.

Please remember to wear a mask to your appointment.  We will continue asking pre-screening questions and taking temperatures.  With our new schedule please try to give us as much notice as possible if you need to change or cancel your appointment. This allows us to give those on the waiting list a chance to fill that appointment spot. 

Clinic Updates and Exciting News in 2021

We have a few exciting updates to share with you. By now many of you know Kate’s good news and we are looking forward to her baby boy joining the world this summer. As we get excited for that we are also looking forward to Alex’s graduation from her Acupuncture program this August. We are excited to announce that she will be joining the clinic once she is licensed.  During this time we are working hard to make these transitions are a smooth process so that we are able to continue supporting and serving our community. 

We also would like to take the time to welcome our new office manager in training, Elizabeth Newman. We are so excited to have her join the team. When you see her at the office please say hello and introduce yourself. She will be working closely with all of us as we adjust during this time. 

Please remember to wear a mask to your appointment.  We will continue asking pre-screening questions and taking temperatures.  As we continue to be flexible with the cancellation policy during this time, please try to give us as much notice as possible if you need to change or cancel your appointment. This allows us to give those on the waiting list a chance to fill that appointment spot. 

Cheers,Kate, Sarah, Alex and Elizabeth

Clinic Reopening May 5, 2020

Thank you for your continued patience and understanding during this time. We are excited to announce that are reopening next week on Tuesday May 5!! Now with this excitement we are also putting in place some policies to keep our clinic a safe place for all. Please read the following updates precautionary measures and policies we are implementing to maintain best practices during this time.

At this time, we are suspending cosmetic acupuncture treatments until further notice per Knox County guidelines. No procedures are allowed if the client has to remove a face mask.

Clinic Policies: 

1. Please arrive on time for your appointment or wait indoor vehicle instead of coming into the waiting room. 

2. Patients are asked to come alone to their visit unless they are accompanying a minor. 

3. Patients and guardians are asked to bring and wear a cloth mask during their appointment. Staff will also be wearing masks. 

4. Patients and guardians are asked to wash hands with soap and water immediately upon arriving for their appointment. 

Upon the arrival your temperature will be taken and you will be asked the following questions:  

  1. Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19? 
  2. Are you experiencing cough, shortness of breath, or a sore throat? 
  3. Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours? 
  4. Have you had a new loss of taste or smell? 
  5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?

Patients will not be seen if they: 

  1. Answered yes to any of the above questions. 
  2. Have a fever over 100.4 degrees. 

 These precautionary measures are from TN’s guidelines for reopening and will changed as needed to keep everyone as safe as possible as we navigate this next phase. Please be patient with us as we will also be keeping a lighter schedule to ensure enough time to properly clean and create a safe space for our staff and patients. 

Keep an eye on our social media pages and connect with us! We will continue to be available via email, social media, phone if you would like to schedule or reach out with questions during this time. 

With our hearts, 

Kate, Sarah, and Alex

Clinical Precautions for COVID-19

At Maryville Acupuncture, we’re proactively taking steps to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 coronavirus to our community of patients and staff, especially now with a confirmed case of coronavirus in Tennessee. We’d like to share with you a few preventative measures to ensure the health and well-being of our patients and staff, as well as some links to helpful public health information. Our aim is to make our clinic a healthy place for all.

Many of our patients present with common non-contagious/non-serious upper respiratory symptoms such as allergies, asthma or a lingering cough following a cold, which we will continue to treat these conditions as they do not pose a risk to others. 

If you are sick, the best option is to stay home. The main symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Call your primary care physician if you’re in need of medical attention for these concerns. If you need to cancel your appointment due to illness, you will not be charged. We understand and will happily help you reschedule.

Some things to remember:

  • Please use hand sanitizer when you check in at the front desk, or wash your hands in the bathroom. We also have hand sanitizer in the treatment rooms. Feel free to help yourself. When washing your hands, please wash for at least 20 seconds.
  • We change sheets, pillowcases and face cradle covers after each patient.
  • We regularly sanitize surfaces that are frequently touched such as door knobs, doors and faucets. We clean our bathroom regularly. 
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow rather than onto your hands. If you sneeze or cough on your hands or into tissues or a handkerchief, please wash your hands or use hand sanitizer afterwards.
  • If you are coughing for any reason, please wear a mask. We understand it may be from allergies, asthma, or even heartburn, but it will help alleviate concerns from others sharing the space.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, eyes and face with unwashed/non-sanitized hands.

Here are some more guidelines and links to inform you about how to take care of yourself and recommended practices regarding COVID-19:

CDC Facts About COVID-19

FAQ by an Intensive Care and Infectious Disease Physician

American Society of Acupuncturists Covid-19 Fact Sheet

Business and Employer Guidelines

We appreciate your understanding. With your participation we can continue to serve the patients who need us and keep our clinic a healthy and safe place for all. Thank you.

Acupuncture and Weight Loss

Acupuncture and Weight Loss…yes, kind of

At least once a week in the clinic, I get the question “Can acupuncture help with weight loss?” My answer – “yes… kind of” – has a long caveat in front of it, so let’s break it down. 

Here’s a view of both sides

Here’s the bad news – acupuncture alone will (most likely) not cause you to lose weight. Let’s be real, I wish I had the magic bullet for weight loss as much as anyone. But, it’s more important to me to be honest; and my honest truth is that acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help support you in your weight loss journey, not make the weight fall off for you. Unfortunately. 

The good news is, though, that even though there’s no mystical, magical weight loss point, incorporating regular acupuncture into a weight loss regimen can make your journey easier, more comfortable and more enjoyable. Here’s how: 

Keeping you comfortable during exercise

Most weight loss programs incorporate exercise, and we all know that increasing exercise usually means some type of discomfort – like achy knees, backs, feet and shoulders. Acupuncture can help you recover quickly from any of these exercise related aches and pains so that you can get back to the trail, treadmill or pool. 

Optimizing your metabolism

Healthy metabolism comes from healthy digestion. Acupuncture can help regulate your digestion so you’re absorbing nutrients and eliminating wastes optimally, which will fuel your metabolism and support burning calories. 

Managing stress and maintaining motivation

Weight loss can be stressful, with all the changes to your lifestyle, schedule and diet. Using acupuncture to manage stress can help decrease your cortisol, which can support weight loss. And decreased stress allows your motivation to stay present and focused on your weight loss goal. 

Keeping cravings at bay 

This is about as close to a magical weight loss point as it comes – there are protocols, specifically involving auricular (ear) acupuncture, that can help diminish cravings. To be clear, this won’t keep you from eating unhealthy food, but it does give you a little extra emotional and energetic support when it comes to making the choice not to eat unhealthy food. 

Maryville Acupuncture and acupuncture for weight loss

So, there’s the skinny on how acupuncture can support you on your weight loss journey. Making changes is hard and we’re here to help.

If you’d like to talk more about how incorporating acupuncture can support a healthier you, don’t hesitate to reach out via email (, social media, or give us a call at 865.315.3157.

Acupuncture and Surgery

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Should you seek acupuncture around surgery?

There are times when surgery is necessary, and we often get questions from our patients regarding the use of acupuncture before and after surgery. In most cases, acupuncture is a great option to help ease symptoms before and after surgery, as well as to help you heal from your procedure.

Break it down

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Here’s a little break down of how we use acupuncture to foster the most comfortable and healthy surgical experience. 

  1. Managing pain pre-procedure – The most common reason people receive surgery is because something hurts! And unless you’re receiving an emergency procedure, you’ll likely have to wait days or weeks from your time of diagnosis to your procedure. Although it won’t be able to repair the damaged structures causing your issue, acupuncture can help decrease your body’s pain signaling and tissue inflammation, which will do a lot to relieve your pain. Whether it’s from a shoulder injury, a colon issue, a car accident, or anything in between, if you’re in pain, acupuncture is a good option to help keep you comfortable until your procedure.
  2. Decreasing the side effects of anesthetics/analgesics and recovering quicker from them – Another reason we see our patients before and after surgery is to help the body process the drugs needed for anesthesia and analgesia. These drugs that “put you to sleep” during surgery can have quite a few side effects, such as nausea, constipation dizziness and confusion. Acupuncture supports your liver’s ability to process these drugs and eliminate them from your body, so that you return to feeling “normal” quicker. It can also encourage bowels to move that have been slowed by analgesics, which naturally relieves constipation. 
  3. Wound healing and procedure recovery – Acupuncture has been shown to decrease post-procedural wound healing time and increase range of motion. It decreases systemic inflammation and upregulates your immune response so that the efforts your body is making to repair itself become even more effective and quicker. This anti-inflammatory effect will also extend to any joints that have been operated on, allowing them to move more comfortably when they are ready. 
  4. Managing stress  – Regardless of the type of procedure you’re preparing for, and how your body is feeling, anticipating surgery can cause its own anxieties – about the procedure itself, the recovery, taking time off work, taking care of your responsibilities while you recover, etc. Acupuncture is especially helpful to calm your mind and body in these moments so that you can approach your procedure and the decisions surrounding it from a healthy emotional state. 

Building your healthcare team

Here at Maryville Acupuncture, we’re committed to serving as part of your healthcare team. When you’re anticipating a procedure, we always request that you inform your surgeon’s team that you’re receiving acupuncture.

We’re happy to answer any question you —  or your surgeon — may have regarding the safety and efficacy of acupuncture in respect to your procedure. 


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Jung, Se Yun et al. “Effect of Acupuncture on Postoperative Ileus after Distal Gastrectomy for Gastric Cancer.” Journal of gastric cancer vol. 17,1 (2017): 11-20. doi:10.5230/jgc.2017.17.e2