Q & A

What can Acupuncture treat?

Acupuncture can treat a wide assortment of health issues and diseases. According to The World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture is appropriate in the treatment of the following:


  • Colds and flu
  • Bronchitis
  • Hepatitis

Internal Medicine

  • Hypoglycemia
  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Ulcers
  • Colitis
  • Indigestion
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes

Eyes, Ears, Nose and Throat Disorders

  • Ringing of ears
  • Earaches
  • Poor Eyesight
  • Dizziness
  • Sinus Infections

Dermatological Disorders

  • Ringing of ears
  • Eczema
  • Acne
  • Herpes

Musculoskeletal & Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell's Palsy
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Sprains

Uro-Genital & Reproductive Disorders

  • Impotence
  • Infertility
  • Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID)
  • Vaginitis
  • Irregular menses or cramping
  • Morning sickness
  • Pre and post-natal care

Mental & Emotional Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Insomnia

What is Chinese Medicine?

Chinese Medicine is the world's oldest, continuously practiced medicine. With a written history dating back 2,500 years, the actual practice is thought to be far older. Chinese Medicine is a complete system of medicine consisting of thorough intake and examination, disease diagnosis, pattern discrimination, treatment principles and treatment strategies. Treatments are multi-tiered and include the practice of acupuncture and the prescribing of herbs.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine practiced for thousands of years in China and other Eastern countries. Chinese practitioners discovered that placing needles into the body at anatomical points proved to be effective in the treatment of specific health problems. The Chinese have mapped these particular points for over 2,000 years. The practice of acupuncture is not limited to just the insertion of needles, but also includes cupping, tui na massage and moxibustion.

How does acupuncture work as a system of medical care?

In this system of medicine each treatment builds on the previous one. Optimal results are achieved when a patient follows the suggested treatment plan. Please understand that acupuncture is a therapeutic process, not a magic cure. In China, a course of treatment consists of 10 visits typically occurring 10 days in a row. While this frequency may not apply in the United States, the idea of 10 sessions as a round of treatment does. It's recommended committing to an initial series of 10 visits, and we will evaluate how you are responding after the sixth treatment. Patients who drop out of care before having a chance to receive the benefits acupuncture can offer usually are not highly satisfied. Continue with your prescribed treatment plan and you find yourself a new level of health. Ultimately your degree of commitment will determine your success. BACK TO TOP

Will acupuncture work for me?

My patients enjoy an 85% positive outcome rate through regular visits and my highly effective treatment strategies. I am confident that I may be able help you.

How long does the treatment process take?

In answering this question it's important to understand the phases of care that a patient experiences with acupuncture treatment.

Acute care: Relief

Most patients seek treatment because they are experiencing enough discomfort to do something about it. We cluster visits close together during this acute phase of treatment to reduce the level of symptoms as quickly as possible. This is typically accomplished in 2-6 weeks of treatment 2-3 times per week.

Corrective care: Stabilization

Once we have reduced the level of discomfort we begin to lengthen the interval of time between visits. Continuing care through this phase allows the healing process to take place while helping the body consolidate the positive effects of the acupuncture so that backsliding does not occur. During this phase it is common to want to "test it out" or overdo it because of the relative absence of discomfort. However, it is important to remember that although the pain is lessened, the healing process is still unfolding and the body is vulnerable to re-injury or re-aggravation of symptoms. BACK TO TOP

Wellness care: Prevention

Many patients find it helpful to come in for a "tune-up" treatment every so often as we can often identify and treat imbalances in meridian flow before they become problematic. Patients with chronic conditions or symptoms that tend to recur may also require an ongoing maintenance interval. This can vary from weekly to monthly visits.

In conclusion, for most conditions it's recommended having 2-3 acupuncture treatments per week for 2-4 weeks to reduce symptoms, followed by a number of weekly treatments to prevent relapse. If this schedule is not possible, you should receive at least one treatment per week. However, please understand that this could prolong treatment. Acute conditions may resolve within 6-10 treatments. It is not unusual for long-term, chronic conditions to require 20 or more treatments.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture needles are fine and solid, typically no thicker than a human hair. The insertion of these needles is usually painless, however Qi elicits a very tangible sensation in the body. So, the needles might produce a feeling of heaviness, warmth, an ache, or the sensation of Qi itself moving throughout the channels. Many people find acupuncture to be quite relaxing and often fall asleep during the treatment.

How can I get the most out of my treatments?

The positive effects of acupuncture begin right away at your first visit, but tend to be somewhat temporary at first and any initial improvements usually slide back within hours or days. As we progress through a course of acupuncture therapy the amount of symptom relief and the time period of increased wellness following each treatment will become more pronounced, until your body holds the changes on its own. It is important to be consistent with frequent visits at the beginning of care in order to build momentum and hold the gains we make from visit to visit.

How long will it take to feel better?

I ask my patients to make a commitment to their acupuncture treatment and to have realistic expectations of this system of medicine. While some patients obtain quick relief from only a few visits, most patients require 2-6 weeks of 2-3 visits per week to make significant changes, followed by weekly visits for another 4-8 weeks to consolidate gains made and prevent relapse. While acute conditions may resolve within just a few visits, chronic conditions that have persisted for many years may take several dozens of treatments over a long period of time to completely resolve. BACK TO TOP

How should I schedule my appointments?

If there is a time of day that works best for your appointments we encourage you to schedule several visits in advance to hold your ideal appointment times. If you need to cancel appointments please give advance notice so that we may give that time to other patients. We ask that you reschedule promptly so that a long absence does not interrupt the rhythm of your care.

How long do the appointments last?

The first appointment includes two parts consisting of an initial intake and a treatment. The initial intake is a comprehensive interview to determine a diagnosis and a treatment plan. The subsequent treatment is the first step in implementing that diagnosis and strategy. Plan on 90 minutes for the first appointment and 45 to 60 minutes for follow-up visits. Cosmetic acupuncture consultations and treatments typically take 120 minutes with follow-up visits lasting 75 to 90 minutes.

Will I have to undress for my treatment?

Usually undressing is not necessary, as this style of acupuncture tends to utilize points on the hands/forearms/ elbows and feet/lower legs/knees. You may prefer to bring shorts or wear loose pants that come above your knees comfortably, as well as short-sleeved shirts or sleeves that roll above your elbow comfortably. In certain cases, local points are used on the shoulders, back, abdomen, hips and buttocks. For these treatments draping and gowns are used to protect privacy.

Do you have any recommendations for before and after my visits?

I recommend having a meal within a couple of hours before your visits, or at least a snack on the way to the clinic. Additionally, I suggest refraining from intense physical activity, sex, alcohol or caffeine for 4 hours after each visit. BACK TO TOP

What about the herbs or supplements you may be recommending?

Chinese herbs combine synergistically with acupuncture and have been safely used for over 2,500 years to accelerate the healing process. The companies I use offer the highest quality ingredients and products are subject to stringent testing and are FDA and GMP compliant. Like acupuncture, herbs work best when taken consistently at the recommended dose. Any recommended dietary supplements are based on modern research and I stock only the highest quality brands. You may also find other brands elsewhere and are free to purchase your herbs and supplements wherever you choose.

What are Chinese herbs and how are they prescribed?

Chinese herbs come in a variety of forms including raw herbs, granulated herbs and ready-made pills and tablets. Practitioners prescribe herbal formulas based on an individualized pattern differentiation and disease diagnosis. The patient receives a custom written prescription designed to treat the individual symptoms, while also addressing the patient's underlying constitutional pattern.

What's in an herbal prescription and how is it consumed?

Chinese herbs consist of many natural substances such as bark, flowers, roots, leaves, twigs and stems. Occasionally herbal prescriptions may include ingredients from the animal and mineral kingdoms. Herbal formulas are typically decocted by the patient and made into a tea. This involves boiling herbs for 45-60 minutes, straining and consuming them several times per day. Powdered extracts and pills are options for those unable to make herbal teas. However, the decoctions made by the patient are the strongest and most effective way to ingest herbal prescriptions. The custom formula also allows the practitioner maximum flexibility in writing prescriptions for individual patients. This way, the patient can take modified formulas daily if conditions rapidly change. BACK TO TOP

Why take Chinese herbal medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine treats a vast range of disease. Herbal decoctions can address a variety of maladies because each and every formula is custom-made to target the patient's chief symptoms as well as underlying constitutional problems. Chinese medicine can treat acute disease such as colds, flu, musculoskeletal injuries and pain as well as chronic disease including allergies, gynecological disorders, viral diseases, degenerative diseases and post-surgical or chronic pain.

Are the needles used more than once?

Balance Point Health complies with the rules and regulations promulgated by the Colorado Department of Health, including the proper cleaning and sterilization of instruments and the sanitation of acupuncture offices. Only single-use, disposable, factory sterilized needles are utilized.

How should I prepare for the first appointment?

Please download the New Patient Intake form and allow yourself enough time to fill it out at your convenience. This form is 5 pages long and quite thorough. Please bring this form to your first appointment in addition to arriving 15 minutes early to sign administrative paperwork.

What is the scientific basis for acupuncture?

Scientific research is attempting to understand the mechanism of acupuncture. At this point researchers are able to measure activity in specific various body systems when an acupuncture needle is inserted: 1) increase in peripheral blood flow 2) increase in the neural pain threshold 3) release of neurochemicals similar to endorphins 4) increase in T-cells and other immune constituents 5) increased activity at nerve "gates". Thermal PET scans also show activity in the regions of the brain responsible for "pain" messages. In June of this year, a study in Nature Neuroscience found levels of adenosine, a neurotransmitter, rose 24-fold in the tissue surrounding an acupuncture needle. An expanding body of research suggests that acupuncture may have several mechanisms of action. However, the logic of the meridian network continues to elude scientific observation.

What is the traditional theory behind acupuncture?

Acupuncture's foundation rests on the ancient view that the body consists of pathways in which blood and energy flow. This meridian network is like a road map superimposed over the body with highways, secondary roads and on-and-off ramps running throughout the body. One could also think of it in terms of an energetic irrigation system carrying "Qi" (pronounced "chee", meaning "vital life force") to nourish all areas of the body. Distinct channels that follow nerve and blood vessel pathways span the body carrying Qi. The smooth flow and harmonious balance of Qi is essential for good health and for healing. When the flow of Qi becomes obstructed, like a kink in a garden hose, symptoms can occur. Restoring the flow of Qi through the meridians using acupuncture helps bring the body back into balance and facilitates the natural healing process. BACK TO TOP

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