SHAMS Wesley, M.Ac., L.Ac.
|Welcome to my
website! I'm so glad that you are interested in Chinese
medicine and how it can benefit you. Please don't
hesitate to let me know if there is anything I can
do to serve you. Currently, I am a licensed acupuncturist
and herbalist practicing in Decatur, Georgia, which is right outside of Atlanta. I help others
using acupuncture, Chinese
herbal medicine, shiatsu massage and nutritional counseling.
I decided to study acupuncture
after a personal tragedy in the early 1990's. After seeing firsthand how fragile life is, I went through a period of soul searching. I realized that I wanted to serve the world in a larger
way and I re-discovered my immense love for "the everything," and in this spirit I dedicated my life to helping others through physical and spiritual healing. Below is a summary
of my training and experience.
- 500-hour certification,
Meridian Shiatsu Institute, 1997.
- Master's degree, TAI Sophia
- 500-hour certification,
University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, 2003.
Training - 250-hour certification, University
of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, 2004.
- 500-hour certification, Academy
for Five Element Acupuncture, 2005.
Many aspects of my personal life have contributed to my healing practice over the years. In 2010 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and instead of taking the prescription medications offered by a rheumatologist I embarked on my own journey of healing and growth. After implementing extensive diet and lifestyle modifications my symptoms are completely gone. Similarly, I experienced some setbacks in starting a family with my husband. Using only natural remedies and healing methods I was able to become pregnant and have a baby at the age of 40.
My name, Shams (rhymes
with Brahms), is unusual here in America. It literally
means "the sun." My spiritual teacher gave it
to me, and when he did so he said, "Shams is the one
who gives the healing and the love to all the people."
This statement has provided inspiration and healing for
me in so many ways. It is my touchstone and every day I
do my best to live up to it.
I hope that my healing practice
in Decatur and Atlanta benefits those in need. If you feel drawn to
experience my work, or if you want to see if Five Element
medicine is right for you, call me (404-863-9900) or email me (info at five-elements.org) anytime.
Peace be with you.
"I would not be pregnant right now if it were not for Shams. My husband and I tried to get pregnant on our own for about two years and then started seeing an infertility specialist in August 2011. I was diagnosed with PCOS appearing ovaries, but all other tests showed nothing wrong. They tried medicine regulate my cycles, then we moved into hormones, and finally we tried two unsuccessful rounds of IUIs in January and February of 2012. Although I liked the people at the office, I was tired of the hormones, blood work, and doctor's visits and decided to take a break from everything.
Then in July I decided to try acupuncture with Shams. One of the nurses had recommended acupuncture when I decided to take a break, and I liked Shams' website and approach. My first appointment was July 14, 2012 and I immediately felt comfortable and cared for. She focused not just on my body, but also on my mental and emotional roadblocks to pregnancy. I had one more appointment with her before I went on vacation - and we conceived while on vacation!!! Of course we didn't find out until weeks later, which included more treatments and support from Shams, but it was such a blessing to be able to celebrate our miracle. Like I said, I am completely convinced that we would not be pregnant without her and I am so grateful for her support - she listens, she advises, and she does not judge. I would recommend her to anyone struggling with infertility!"
—S. Tate, Educator
“Thank you for all you’ve done for me. I truly believe that acupuncture had a huge impact on becoming pregnant, my pregnancy, the birth process, and the overall well-being of my daughter and myself. I believe that acupuncture would be beneficial for any pregnant woman.”
—Shontel Loyal-Crawmer, armed forces officer,
a non-ART patient
“I wanted to thank you for everything you did to help accomplish my ultimate goal of getting pregnant. I feel so lucky and blessed, and I know in my heart that you played a huge part in helping me get pregnant. I will remember and cherish this time for the rest of my life. Thank you for everything.”
—Ann Richardson, entrepreneur, a patient using ART
"Shams Deckter's skills as a practitioner are without
equal. During and after her treatments I always felt safe,
comfortable, and willing to explore places inside myself
that really needed healing. She helped facilitate this
healing in a gentle, light-filled and complete manner.
Most importantly, though, Shams insight in acupuncture
and Chinese herbs helped cure a 2-year chronic condition.
Again, she is without equal as a healing practitioner."
—Craig Carpentieri, educator
"Shams is a truly gifted healer. I have worked with
numerous acupuncturists, and my time with her has been
most profound - a healing of my body's chronic fatigue
and a nurturing of my being."
—Ruth McGinnis, Ph.D., psychologist
"My work with Shams gave me a gentle space to perceive
a deep sadness that I wasn't aware of. Through acupuncture
she helped me clear it within a space of absolute love,
mercy and tenderness. I highly recommend receiving regular
treatments with Shams."
—Camela Kraemer-Miller, singer and songwriter
"I requested an acupuncture treatment from Shams
with the intention of getting relief from my shoulder
pain. I not only received what I hoped for (a decrease
in pain and a significant increase in range of motion),
but I also received a healing for all of the other parts
of my being that are so closely connected to the physical.
I experienced Shams as a very strong healer who has a
deep understanding of and sensitivity to my emotional
needs. Her ability to care for this part of me supported
my ability to relax and open to the full benefit of the
—Linda Resca, teacher and consultant
"Acupuncture treatments with Shams are unlike any
others. Before a treatment she enters a very holy state.
Then, with every needle inserted she prays deeply and
her prayers penetrate deep into the body. It's a uniquely
sacred experience and indescribable. I can't recommend
—Nura Laird, M.Ed., spiritual teacher
"Shams Deckter is a very holy beloved of God. Her
ability to contain what is harmful and guide it back to
a place healing, love and mercy is profound. Shams has
helped me physically and spiritually in this way. Shams
is intuitive, compassionate, gentle and generous."
—Beth Shay, artist
"Shams Deckter, L.Ac. is a brilliant practitioner.
She has a profound understanding of the healing process,
along with a loving, caring and compassionate heart. I
feel very blessed to know her as a patient and a fellow
healthcare professional. I trust her judgment and skills
completely, and am grateful to have such an excellent
colleague to offer my patients who need acupuncture and
—John Laird, M.D., physician and founder of Great
Smokies Medical Center and Great Smokies Diagnostic Lab