Chinese medicine uses both acupuncture and herbal therapies, among others, to treat and prevent disease as well as improve general well-being. These tools have been applied consistently and successfully for thousand of years. For a significant portion of the world’s population the main components of health care are and have been acupuncture and herbal therapies.
One of the potential advantages of Chinese medicine is that it aims to improve overall body health treating not just symptoms but the person as an integral mind/body organism. It also minimizes side effects and overall toxicity from drug treatments and/or other procedures.
Chinese herbs may be administered in bulk, granule, powdered, tincture, tea-pill, and/or liniment forms. Herbs are recommended to help increase your treatment potential. They may be given as a strong medicinal tea, a milder nutritional supplement, or an externally applied agent to help relieve symptoms and normalize the body's functions.
Moxabustion (direct or indirect) is a form of heat therapy. The mugwort plant is processed into different forms and these products are smoldered on or over the body. This therapy creates small amounts of smoke, so if you are very sensitive to smoke please let your practitioner know. It may be used along with acupuncture or by itself in a treatment.
Body Work treatment may include the following types of massage -- Tuina, So Tai, Reiki, and Acupressure.
Cupping is an old Chinese technique of using glass or plastic cups that are suctioned to the body. The suction is created when a flame is placed into the upside-down cup and then quickly removed as the cup is placed onto the body. Cupping can be used for many symptoms that range from coughing to tight muscles.
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Gua Sha is a traditional Chinese medical treatment in which the skin is scraped to produce light bruising. Practitioners believe gua sha releases unhealthy elements from injured areas and stimulates blood flow and healing.
WHAT DOES ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
According to the World Health Organization and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, Acupuncture is useful in the treatment of:
Chronic and Acute Pain — Injuries, headaches, neck and back pain, degenerative disc disorder,sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia
Neurological Disorders — Post-stroke recovery, Bell's Palsy & Trigeminal Neuralgia, movement disorders
Upper Respiratory Disorders — COPD, Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu
Digestive Disorders — Food allergies, irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, ulcers
Urinary and Reproductive Disorders — Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms
Immune Function — Auto Immune Disorder (Hashimoto's, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, etc) recurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer treatment side effects
Addictions — Nicotine, alcohol, drugs
Eye and Ear Disorders — Tinnitus, Meniere's disease
Depression, Anxiety, & Insomnia
DOES ACUPUNCTURE HURT?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and smooth, so when they are inserted you feel only a slight sensation or nothing at all. Once the needles are in place, you may feel a sensation of heaviness, warmth, or tingling at and around the site of the needle.
IS ACUPUNCTURE SAFE?
When performed by a qualified Licensed Acupuncturist, acupuncture and related techniques have proven to be extremely safe. Needles are pre-sterilized and disposable to eliminate the risk of disease transmission, and Licensed Acupuncturists in Colorado are certified in Clean Needle Technique protocols to ensure that needles are kept sterile.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments you will need depends on your overall health, your body's response to acupuncture treatment, and the nature and duration of your illness or injury. Usually within 4 to 6 treatments your Acupuncturist will be able to tell you how much further treatment you will need.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER THE TREATMENT?
Most patients report feeling relaxed and rejuvenated but it will usually take several treatments to see long-lasting results. One should not expect one treatment to fix chronic ailments.
Sports Medicine Acupuncture takes a holistic view in the treatment of injuries, musculoskeletal ailments, and constitutional imbalance, combining both a Western Sports Medicine and Chinese Medicine perspective to achieve optimal outcomes. It is often effective for relieving muscle pain and spasm, and improving circulation to tense or injured tissues. It has been found to be especially effective for tendon and ligament sprain/strains and chronic injuries which have not responded well to other types of treatments.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine have a long history of treating women’s health issues throughout all stages of life. It can treat many different disorders that a woman may come across, including irregular menstrual cycles, Endometriosis, PCOS, PMS, fibroids, infertility, and it can help get the balance back into the body.
Jen specializes in addressing health concerns for women throughout all stages of life. Each patient receives an individualized treatment plan to focus on the root cause of an illness and to provide the best care in restoring balance to the body and preventing illness. Jen employs a holistic approach, taking into consideration her patients’ lifestyle, nutrition, constitution, and environment as the foundation for her treatment.
Relying on Acupuncture and Herbal Chinese Remedies for a natural approach, Jen works with pregnant patients to aid the body throughout pregnancy, labor, and childbirth, as well as to help rejuvenate during postpartum. In addition, Jen helps women age gracefully by focusing on maintaining strength with age and to meet menopause with power and confidence.