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Treatments

True North Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine denver

Acupuncture

The energy (Qi) in your body is very well organized. It flows along specific pathways we call meridians or channels. Acupuncture points are specific locations along these meridians where the Qi of the system can be accessed. Acupuncture needles are inserted into selected points to manipulate the flow of Qi and encourage the body's natural ability to heal itself. Acupuncture needles are extremely fine and flexible. They are solid (unlike hypodermic needles) and cause little to no discomfort upon insertion. Some people do not feel the needles at all. When the Qi of the body is accessed, the patient usually experiences a tingling sensation or mild ache. Most people find acupuncture treatments to be very relaxing.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese herbal medicine is the most comprehensive and well-organized system of herbal knowledge compiled in human history. It is the oldest aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Chinese herbs may be prescribed for internal or external use. Internal herbs are given in either pill form or granule form (concentrated powder to be mixed with water). Herbal formulas are combinations of herbs from the TCM materia medica (we never use any plant or animal product found on the endangered species list). Topical herbs (in the form of ointments, liniments, plasters or adhesive patches) are often employed to help treat skin conditions and injuries (for pain, bruising and swelling). Some patients prefer only herbs or only acupuncture. Your treatment plan will be based on your needs and preferences to assure the most effective results and patient compliance.

Fire Cupping

Cupping is a non-needle therapy in which a partial vacuum is created inside thick glass cups by burning out the oxygen within the cup. The cup is then quickly placed on the skin (most often on the back, though it can be done elsewhere). The vacuum draws the skin up into the cup and this flushes the tissue with circulation (of Qi, blood, lymph). The cups can be left in place for approximately 10 to 20 minutes and it feels to most people like a wonderful deep tissue massage. Cupping is used to ease muscle spasms and tension, reduce pain, speed healing of injuries, and open the energy of the Lung to improve asthma and coughs. Cupping can leave temporary marks but fade more quickly than a true bruise.

Electro-Stimulation

Electrical stimulation (or "e-stim") is an adjunct therapy used in conjunction with acupuncture. Tiny electrodes are clipped to the acupuncture needles and a small current is run between the needles. This feels like a mild tingling sensation. Electrical stimulation is used to enhance the flow of energy in the acupuncture needles. This can reduce pain and swelling, release muscle spasms, and speed the healing process.

Moxibustion

Moxibustion is an adjunct therapy used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture. It is a form of heat therapy that can be applied with different techniques either directly to the skin or indirectly. Moxa (the substance that gets burned) is formed from the fluffy herb mugwort (also known as artemesia vulgaris or ai ye in Chinese). Moxa is burned near the surface of the skin, directly on the skin, or on top of needles to add warmth and Qi (energy) to the body. Moxibustion is used to stimulate Qi flow to heal injuries, reduce swelling, and promote improved digestion, ease abdominal cramps, and more.

Gua Sha

Gua Sha is an adjunct therapy that does not involve needles. Gua Sha is used similarly as cupping: for improved circulation to the superficial tissues, to reduce pain, ease muscle spasms, improve the Qi flow of the Lung (for coughs and asthma). Like cupping, it is usually employed in cases of stagnation, i.e. when things are stuck. Gua Sha involves applying ointment to the skin and sliding a smooth-edged tool over the skin while providing pressure. It may sound painful, but it feels like a very focused deep tissue massage and patients feel wonderful afterwards. Gua Sha leaves a temporary marking that looks like rug burn, but is not at all painful and resolves very quickly.

Treatment Philosophy

We are committed to providing our patients with the highest standard of care based on an attitude of gentleness, warmth, professionalism, and respect. Using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutritional therapy, and various stress reduction techniques you can overcome chronic, nagging health problems that often cannot be effectively addressed using other means. By creating a treatment plan that addresses each individual's needs and includes various modalities of Oriental Medicine, we strive to treat not only the symptom, but also the root of illness, and thus restore the balance upon which holistic health is based. Using a combination of safe, natural, and effective therapies, we can assist you in overcoming health concerns that stem from emotional and physical causes. Instead of just suppressing symptoms, our goal is to help you to heal at the core and make genuine, long-lasting changes that will benefit you forever. From your first appointment onward, you will never feel rushed through the healthcare process. Education is an essential dimension of healing and we pride ourselves on being a knowledgeable resource for your questions and concerns. Our goal is to create an environment that will allow for deep trust and relaxation, integrity, and the potential for genuine transformation.