ActiveLife Acupuncture & Wellness Center

Voted best Acupuncture in NWA 4 years and running, with 4,000 hours of training in Chinese medicine, and 12 years of treating patients, we are dedicated to helping you recover and restore optimal health so you can focus on what you love.

Active Life is an Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Specialty clinic in Fayetteville, AR. We are all about helping you recover from illness and restore optimal health, so you can focus on what you love. We help our patients do just that with expert training in a wide-range of holistic traditional Eastern therapies, including Authentic Acupuncture + PhysMed, Prescription Chinese Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion, Medical Massage/Tuina, Fire-Cupping, and Longevity Movement. Our clinic director, Dr. Hayden Henningsen, has over 4000 hours of education in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine. He is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) and a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of Arkansas.

Operating as usual

LH capsules (Lianhuaqingwen) are an effective & safe traditional Chinese herbal formula used in China to resolve COVID-19 symptoms. Read about the new clinical trial below.

Nearly 300 patients received 12 total LH capsules daily for 2 weeks and the control group received usual treatment.

Results: LH capsule patients vs. control group:

symptom recovery was faster (7 days vs. 10 days)

chest CT scan improvements were significantly greater (83.8% vs. 64.1%)

recovery rate was higher (91.5% vs. 82.4%)

"In conclusion, LH capsules confer therapeutic effects on Covid-19 by improving the recovery rate of symptoms, shortening the time to symptom recovery, and improving the recovery of chest radiologic abnormalities."

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We're now carrying Ancient Nutrition supplements by Dr. Axe!

The Ancient Nutrition line combines principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine and current scientific research to produce high quality supplements to restore optimum health. This includes soil-based probiotics, men's and women's multivitamins, and magnesium!

These high quality ingredients are rigorously tested for purity, including tests for pesticides and herbicides, heavy metals, and more.

Come by the clinic to check 'em out!

Are you experiencing a difficult season of life? Feeling disconnected or isolated? Wondering how to get your life back on track? Our licensed therapists are equipped to help you work toward the life you want.

To book an appointment visit or give us a call at (479) 358-7690!

*Sessions for ages 13 and up.

The fact that many people are unfamiliar with Traditional Chinese Medicine terms lead to the misconception that it is "folklore" and doesn't fit within the modern medicine world. "The terminology in TCM may be strange and complex, but it serves a vital purpose in individualized diagnosis and treatment. It also integrates well with, and adds to, modern medical terms and disease description."

"These strange TCM terms are not esoteric and spiritual concepts. These words were created to objectively express fundamental ideas of complex physiology in the body. By using diagnostic terms that bring us back to fundamental concepts, or universal paradigms, the language helps the physician to see the body as an interconnected system, or holistic mechanism, that always adheres to natural laws and patterns, and continually strives to maintain a natural homeostatic balance of healthy substance and function, or the qi of yin and yang. Qi, Yin and Yang are not specific things that can be measured, but broad descriptive terms that can be applied to almost any measurable concrete entity in medicine."

"For example, in TCM terminology, the word Damp does not mean what we commonly perceive the word damp to mean, but, depending on the context, may represent a biochemical imbalance that has the qualities of dampness in nature, such as a sluggish flow, or a heaviness, which must be applied to the context of use."

The terms used in TCM are reliant on context to understand a specific condition or a specific patient case.

"Problems with healthy systemic function in regards to toxicity, diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome, lipid imbalance, biochemical dysfunction, etc. all may be termed Liver Qi Stagnation in TCM. Of course, the physician that practices TCM must also specify the disease using modern medical terminology, and this modern system is taught extensively in the specialized medical schools as well. TCM medical schools are ensuring the graduates can integrate and communicate with modern medical doctors on a much higher level today than in the past."


Keep fit the safe and smart way!

Improve full body strength, mobility, and coordination with self-directed workout routines designed by Dr. Hayden. Get pro alignment tips and work out alone or with a friend in a beautiful hygienic setting.

➡️BONUS: Enjoy five dollars off A visit to our infrared sauna on the day of your workout!

Give us a call at (479) 358-7690 to schedule a workout time. 🏋🏽‍♂️

Misconception #3 about acupuncture is that acupuncture is only used to treat muscle pain. While it does treat this, acupuncture is actually used to treat a wide and diverse set of conditions including cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorders, digestive system disorders, skin conditions, eye conditions, gynecological & obstetric disorders and so much more!

Acupuncture treats an array of conditions by powerfully encouraging the body's healing capacities, sending detailed instructions about what areas of our physiology need attention, and helping the whole organism regain homeostasis.

If you're curious how we can treat any medical condition(s) you have, give us a call at (479) 358-7690.

TCM Nutrition: Eat deliciously with a purpose!

Late summer soup for immunity and digestive health. This soup will protect you from stomach bugs and nausea.


Celery root: anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure

Kabocha squash: strengthens
the stomach and pancreas

Coconut milk: nourishes blood and hormones

Turmeric: moves and cleans the blood and liver

Szechuan pepper: improves absorption, enhances flavor

Meet Katie!

She is ActiveLife's therapist and billing/front desk coordinator.

Get to know Katie:

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time I like to spend time with the people I love, cooking and eating food, hiking outside, being active, and educating myself. You can often find me reading and learning about whatever subject peaks my interest at the moment!

What's your favorite part about ActiveLife?

My favorite thing about ActiveLife is that it's a place to come to heal. I love it when patients tell me about their progress, and I've experienced the many benefits of the medicine in my own life. Chinese Medicine can treat so many things, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to see so many people meet and exceed their goals in regards to their health, both physically and mentally.

What's your favorite product/service at ActiveLife?

I love the variety of products and services that ActiveLife provides. Whether it's acupuncture, herbal medicine, counseling, rehabilitation movement instruction....we have it all under one roof, ready to serve our community. Personally, the weight loss program was transformational for me. That and the custom Chinese herbal formulas. Can't leave those out!

Misconception #2 about acupuncture is that acupuncturists do not need a license/intensive education.

In fact, acupuncturists go through 3-5 years of schooling and training experience — before being licensed, an acupuncturist must complete national board exams and a MINIMUM of 1,365 hours of training. Dr. Hayden graduated from the accredited Chinese medicine school Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine (SIOM), where they require 3,000+ hours of training.

Between Dr. Hayden's masters and doctorate program, Hayden has over 4,000 hours of training in acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In addition to acupuncture and needling therapy, accredited Chinese medicine schools include herbs, biomedicine, anatomy, physiology, biochemisty, pharmacology, pathophysiology, and clinical experience.

It is of utmost importance that acupuncturists are properly trained and have put in the many hours of education required. A careless or under-experienced acupuncturist can result in serious bodily harm and the transferring of blood-borne diseases.

Most of our prescription herbal medicines have an earthy taste that you become acquainted with over time. However, we do have the encapsulation option for our herbs if you would rather not drink the mixture. Ask us about this additional service for your next refill!

Did you know the majority of your immune system is in your gut?

Dr. Hayden always takes MegaSporeBiotics to boost immunity especially during flu/cold season.

These 100% spore-based probiotics build up beneficial bacteria to improve immunity and maintain a healthy gut barrier function.

MegaPre is a prebiotic that strengthens the probiotics by feeding keystone, beneficial bacteria in your gut! Some prebiotics on the market feed a wide variety of bacteria, including harmful bacteria, but MegaPre is designed to specifically feed only the beneficial bacteria that are needed for optimum gut health.

Come check out our entire line of Microbiome Labs products at the clinic or give us a call at (479) 358-7690 to have one of these products shipped to you!

Use food to build a healthier immune system and better mental health with simple time-tried approaches to nutrition. Learn the oldest source of dietary wisdom in TCM nutrition. Prepare for fall and the return of the cold and flu season. Eat right for health and for enjoyment! The immune-boosting foods featured here are roasted beets and fennel, bone broth congee and ginger sea vegetables. 😋🍴

We're kicking off a new series on common misconceptions about acupuncture! Misconception #1 is that the needles used in acupuncture hurt.

Acupuncture should NOT hurt, but you should feel it. The thin needles are inserted just below the surface of the skin and most people only feel a pinch that rapidly subsides. Many patients are relaxed and fall asleep during the acupuncture treatment.

Especially if you are afraid of needles, acupuncture can be intimidating but there is good news: acupuncture needles are so tiny that more than 40 could fit in a standard hypodermic needle! Some people don't even feel it!

If you are experiencing high levels of stress, depression, anxiety, or sleep disturbance, our curbside acupuncture is a quick and safe way for you to care for your mental health!

How it works:

⏺Schedule an appointment with us by calling (479) 358-7690.

⏺You'll pull into our designated parking spot with the orange cone and call us to let us know you're here. One of our office assistants will come to your car with a clipboard with a form for you to fill out.

⏺Your acupuncturist will come out to administer acupuncture on either one or both ears and your left arm at acupoints specific to your condition.

⏺Relax for about 30 minutes.

⏺Your acupuncturist will come out to remove the acupuncture needles and answer any other questions you may have!

Make it snappy and grab a mask before they're gone! 😷

These comfy, locally made masks come with a Biosmart® filter that snaps on/off. You launder this filter in bleach and the filter binds the chlorine to the surface fabric to kill 99.9% of many common bacteria & viruses.

This mask also has super-soft ear loops and soft wire that molds to your nose!

Come by the clinic to pick one up or email us at [email protected] to have one shipped!

As we are now experiencing, it takes time to develop an effective and safe vaccine for a novel virus. Why not use medicine that has been tested to be effective and side effect-free for thousands of years?

In the event that you do contract COVID-19, you can find solace in the fact that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is proving to be effective at rehabilitating patients. The sooner you begin TCM treatment, the better! The "effective cure rate" of qingfei paidu decoction (QPD), a Chinese herbal formula, against COVID-19 is over 90%.

TCM treatment has been applied in over 90% of COVID-19 patients in China. Herbal medicine formulas have shown to be potent and effective at relieving symptoms, shortening fever duration and reducing the number of mild cases that progress to severe. However, if a case does progress to severe, it is recommended to combine Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine for the best results.

Post-COVID-19, "some people experience symptoms and pathological alterations like pulmonary fibrosis and multiple organ functional destruction after immunological injury, which may not be completely resolved during their hospitalization." TCM plays a very important role in restoring full health to COVID-19 patients.

We prescribe Antiviral TCM herbs specifically for your body composition. These will boost your immune system and reduce the chances of contracting COVID-19 and speed up recovery time if you do contract the virus!

Give us a call at (479) 358-7690 to order herbs or set up an acupuncture appointment. Herbs are available for pickup or delivery!

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What is Moxa?

Moxibustion "Moxa" is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy that uses burning mugwort herb to promote circulation by warming and nourishing. The mugwort herb releases chemicals that kill pain and stimulate immune function. The smoke produced by it is antimicrobial; it cleans the air!

This practice has been used to prevent and cure diseases for more than 2,500 years.

The burning herb is held near the skin at specific acupuncture points to warm the skin. Moxa transfers to an infrared heat so the heat is able to reach deeper tissues in the body.

A wide array of ailments can be treated by using moxibustion such as: soft tissue injury, menstrual cramps, fatigue, urinary incontinence, and even turning breech babies!

We're offering Curbside Acupuncture starting Tuesday!

Receive acupuncture from the comfort of your car! This will include acupuncture in one or both ears and your left arm.

A treatment lasts for about 30 minutes. Lay back in your car with the air on, relax, and look at the beautiful trees. 🌳

Curbside acupuncture is especially great for mood disorders.

Have you been suffering from anxiety, stress, depression, or loneliness during this turbulent year?

Statistics say "1/3 of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau data shows, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic".

This is a huge jump from before the pandemic - 25% of Americans reported experiencing a depressed mood (2013-2014) whereas during the pandemic the percentage has jumped to 50% (May 2020).

How does Curbside Acupuncture work?

⏺Schedule an appointment with us by calling (479) 358-7690.

⏺You'll pull into our designated parking spot and call us to let us know you're here. One of our office assistants will come to your car with a clipboard with a form for you to fill out.

⏺Your acupuncturist will come out to administer pulse diagnosis & acupuncture on either one or both ears and your left arm.

⏺Relax for about 30 minutes.

⏺Your acupuncturist will come out to remove the acupuncture needles and answer any other questions you may have!


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Your best defense against contracting and overcoming COVID-19 is Chinese Herbal Medicine. One of the top healthcare product providers in China, Beijing Donghuayuan Medical Equipment Co., has shared with us their prescription formula to combat COVID-19. This formula has been tested and proved to be successful in thousands of cases in China!

Along with herbal medicine, our fully trained, board-certified acupuncturists use specific acupoints during treatments to promote peak immune function to fight off viruses.

Give us a call at (479) 358-7690 or visit our website: to schedule a consultation/appointment. Prescriptions available for pickup or shipping!

[06/25/20]   ✨G I V E A W A Y !✨

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About the mask:
This Biosmart filter snaps on/off. You launder the filter in bleach and the filter binds the chlorine to the surface fabric to kill 99.9% of many common bacteria & viruses.

Has ultra-comfortable ear loops and soft wire that molds to your nose!

We will choose a winner in one week. Good luck!

This nasal spray made with Chinese herbs is powerful stuff! If you have allergies or a sinus infection this spray will clear your sinuses out in seconds. A huge plus: this spray contains ZERO steroids.

Many nasal sprays on the market contain steroids that negatively affect the blood vessels in the sinuses causing damage to the tissues or excess swelling, especially when used for prolonged periods. Your nasal tissue is very delicate and this herbal nasal spray has all natural ingredients and no harmful side effects.

"Some research shows that the longer you use a DNS (decongestant nasal spray), the more you build up a tolerance. Drug tolerance means that you require increasingly larger and more frequent doses to achieve the desired effects."

Come by the clinic or email us at [email protected] to purchase!


Our Story

ActiveLife Acupuncture & Wellness Center is an award-winning Chinese medicine clinic and wellness center specializing in primary care, pain management, and mental health. Voted best acupuncture and weight loss in NWA, we are dedicated to helping you recover from illness and restore optimal health, so you can focus on what you love. We help our patients do just that with expert training in a wide range of holistic traditional Eastern and Western therapies, including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, moxibustion, guasha, medical massage (Tuina), fire-cupping, massage therapy, personal training, counseling, taijichuan, qigong, yoga, and nutrition. We also offer select wellness retail and a far-infrared sauna to help complement your healthy lifestyle.

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1792 E Joyce Blvd, Suite 105
Fayetteville, AR

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:30 - 18:00
Wednesday 09:30 - 18:00
Thursday 09:30 - 18:00
Friday 09:30 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
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