What conditions are treated by acupuncture?

In our office, the most common things we treat are:

Chronic Pain · Acute Pain · Sleep Disorders  · Digestive Disorders · Anxiety · Depression · Hormonal Support · Musculoskeletal Conditions

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggest acupuncture as an effective or therapeutic treatment for depression, anxiety, stress, addictions, obesity and weight loss, chronic pain, fatigue, insomnia, PMS, menstrual cramps, allergies, weak immunity, digestive disorders, carpal tunnel, back pain, sciatica, sinusitis, infertility, asthma, headaches, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, morning sickness, high blood pressure, knee pain, low back pain, nausea, rheumatoid arthritis, sprain, tennis elbow, dysmenorrhea, adverse reactions to chemo and radiation, sprain and strains, herpes zoster, earache, diabetes, Meniere’s disease, sexual dysfunction, neuralgia, labor pain, Reynaud syndrome, retention of urine, adrenal exhaustion, stubborn skin disorders.

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What is acupuncture, and how does it work?

Originating in ancient China, Acupuncture is perhaps one of the oldest medical systems in the world. It has developed through continuous practical experience over thousands of years.

In Simple Terms, Acupuncture does TWO things:

#1 It helps to move blood or increase circulation. When we place the small pins in the body, we encourage the blood to move anywhere we direct it. It could be your head, your feet, or your internal organs. When we move blood, we are moving nutrients to these diseased body parts or organs. The other thing that happens when we move blood, is we are decreasing inflammation. Inflammation is simply just the retention of waste and it is important that we move this out of the body because inflammation is at the root of most chronic illnesses.

#2 Acupuncture retrains your brain to do this all by itself. With acupuncture, unlike medication, we are not trying to replace function. We are simply trying to restore function so that you can return to total health. In our experience, when we have restored function to the diseased area, you will be better able to face challenges and recover from stresses. Your pain or discomfort will be less if not resolved, and your sports performance will surprise you. Healthy choices become easy; creativity, joy, mental focus, and better sleep come naturally.

How Many Treatments will I need?

Everyone responds differently to treatment, and since we have never treated you before, we do not know if acupuncture works for you and, if it does, how quickly you respond. Some patients experience results after the first session, and others require 3-4 sessions to take notice of a change. After Erica does your initial exam and treatment, she will design a rate of response (ROR) program for you to help us determine the number of treatments you will likely need to reach your goals. The relief you experience after the treatments will last progressively longer after each session allowing us to space out subsequent visits farther and farther apart.

Our goal is to:

  • Achieve results quickly
  • To reinforce those results and
  • To maintain those results
  • Once you are where you want to be, our focus changes to keep you running like a well-oiled machine and prevent any breakdowns. It is typical to stay on a maintenance program 1 X/month, or every 5-6 weeks, and sometimes just a treatment at the change of the season.

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What is the cost of the follow-up treatment?

The fees vary because our clinic offers multiple services, and we won’t know which service is best for you until after your initial exam and treatment. For self-pay patients, our acupuncture treatments are $145, however-We Love to give discounts, and we will determine that based on your goals and objectives that we discuss with you at your first appointment.

What qualifies a practitioner?

The standards for the practice of acupuncture vary from state to state. In Colorado, a practitioner must first obtain a master’s degree in oriental medicine and acupuncture. Typically, this qualification is from a 4-year program in a classroom setting, consisting of comprehensive knowledge in western sciences, biomedicine, pharmacology, western medical testing, and oriental medicine. The program includes assessments in western and eastern medicine, diagnosis, clinical internship, and over 700 hours of supervised clinical treatments with 2500 hours of in-classroom study. Upon graduation, students must sit for three medical board exams in western medicine, eastern medicine, and acupuncture points and prescriptions. After passing all board exams, they have earned the title of Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac). Look for these initials after one’s name to assure you are receiving the best-qualified practitioner.

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