What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that originated in China approximately 4000 years ago. Extremely fine needles are inserted into specific points on the body to elicit a healing response and balance the energy of the body. From a western biomedical perspective, acupuncture elicits a neurological response from the body causing a release of hormones and endorphins while also increasing blood flow and calming the nervous system.

What are the benefits to Acupuncture?

The benefits of acupuncture are numerous. The most common include: reduction of pain (chronic or acute),reduction of stress & increased tolerance of stressful events, improves emotional well-being, better quality sleep & feeling more rested, boosts energy & stamina, improves digestion & regularity, balances hormones: treats many women’s health issues, regulates metabolism, reduces cravings, healthier immune system—fewer cold & flus, more resistance to things.

In addition to the above benefits, many patients experience other subtle improvements, including sensations of well-being that permeate all aspects of their lives, as well as feeling more connected to their bodies and minds.

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How does acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work?

Proven to be one of the most effective, safe and successful health care services in human history, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been practiced more than 4,000 years in China, and later on widely accepted as an efficient alternative treatment in western countries. The fundamental principle upon which acupuncture and the Chinese herbal medicine are based is: there is an energy or “life force”, unseen yet vital, in all the forms of life, which then regulates the functions of body. The ancient Chinese called this energy, “Qi”, to describe it. Under normal circumstances, i.e. when the body is healthy, Qi flows freely along the channels or meridians, which in turn results in harmony and balance for the body. However, when people get sick, this indicates a deficiency, blockage or imbalance, of Qi in their bodies. Thus, Chinese medicine treats patients from a holistic perspective by stimulating, unblocking and regulating Qi, through the use of acupuncture or herbs, to restore their inner balance of Qi.

What are needles like?

Acupuncture needles are far different from the hypodermic needle used to give injections. The needles are solid and are inserted into the skin from 1/8 to several inches deep. They are pre-sterilized, individually packaged, disposable needles, absolutely insuring that there is no contamination or transmission of disease possible. They are usually painless upon insertion, but you may feel a slight pricking, numbness, heaviness, or distended sensation in the area around the needle when it is planted. The sensations usually last only a moment. Here at Boulder Canyon Acupuncture, we use the thinnest needles available to ensure patient comfort.

What should I do before my appointment?

Please download and fill out new patient paperwork ahead of time or come in fifteen minutes before your appointment to fill them out.  It is best to wear loose clothing to ensure your comfort and ease of access for the practitioner.   It is best to have a light meal ahead of time.

What can I expect from my first visit?

Your first visit will be approximately 1.5 hours long.  The first part of the process is a detailed top to bottom assessment of your health!  We will have a conversation about what you want addressed and how we will best go about treating it.  You will be given a physical examination to assess your body as a whole.  Treatments may involve needles, massage therapies, Chinese herbal medicine, movement therapies, cupping, moxibustion or any combination of them.  We will follow up within 24 hours with all new patients. Please allow an hour for subsequent follow-up visits.

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What can I expect after treatment?

Some people may feel immediate relief and some may feel only a slight diminish of their symptoms. Many people have reported a better night’s rest and their ability to handle stress have improved. In a few cases, there may be no immediate relief only to notice the symptoms diminish over the next couple of days. Generally, you should expect to feel better!

How many treatments will I need?

The amount of treatments that you need will be based on your condition. Acute problems that have not been present for long resolve fairly quickly in most cases requiring 3-5 treatments. Chronic problems or health conditions that have been present for years take can take longer for full resolution. For stress relief and general health maintenance 1-2 treatments a month is sufficient. If you don’t feel any shifts in your health after 3-5 treatments your practitioner will speak with you to see if other treatment options are going to be more beneficial to your healing process. We are happy to refer you to other modalities that may help you if our treatments do not.

I have tried acupuncture before, it didn’t work. Does that mean it will not ever work?

There are many different styles of acupuncture. Within the same style, the practitioner’s energy plays an important role in the recipient’s healing. Like any medicine, there are good and bad practitioners. We have seen people who have gone to other acupuncture clinics and said they were disappointed with the result or had a terrible experience. Whereas we could not control the quality of acupuncture services offered at other clinics, we firmly believe in what Chinese Medicine can offer and our unique approaches and techniques. We strive to make every person coming in our Clinic for help feel the benefit of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and become an advocate of our profession.,

What are the side effects of Chinese Medicine?

One of the most amazing things about Eastern Medicine is its lack of serious side effects.  Needling may occasionally cause bruising.  Herbal medicine works internally, so occasionally some non-life threatening side effects such as headaches, nausea, or loose stools may be reported.