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Abundant Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Longmont, CO 80501
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Abundant Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture is located in Longmont and serves the Boulder area. Founder Dr. Steven Evans specializes in the Bio Cranial System and is Board Certified in acupuncture in Alabama and Colorado. Additional available services include acupuncture, massage therapy, cryotherapy, cold laser therapy, spinal adjustments and decompression, electrical stimulation therapy, and custom foot orthotics. Flexible payment programs are available.

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4.0 / 5 (1)

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AcuBliss Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine

Boulder, CO 80302
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AcuBliss Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine was founded by Amorette LaFranchi, a board-certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, Herbology, and Acupuncture. She specializes in treating chronic illnesses, women's health issues, mental health problems, and insomnia, with acupuncture and traditional medicinal remedies. Chinese herbal treatments and facial rejuvenation services are also available. Appointments can be scheduled online.

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Amaluna Acupuncture & Wellness

2500 30th St Suite 205, Boulder, CO 80301
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Amaluna Acupuncture & Wellness is located in Boulder and offers a variety of alternative therapies in the area. Founder Caitlin Gordon specializes in using acupuncture and other traditional medicinal techniques to treat emotional issues. Available therapies include cosmetic acupuncture, electroacupuncture, biomat heat therapy, injection therapy, auricular therapy, and nutritional counseling services. Appointments can be scheduled online.

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Boulder Acusport

Boulder, CO 80305
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Boulder Acusport is a sports medicine and acupuncture clinic serving patients throughout the Boulder area. Owner and licensed acupuncturist Ginna Ellis has a Masters of Acupuncture from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, specializing in using acupuncture to treat sports injuries. She has also completed courses in Tui Na and Shiatsu bodywork and offers cupping, auriculotherapy, gua sha, and nutritional counseling services.

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Boulder Body Balance Acupuncture

Boulder, CO 80305
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Boulder Body Balance Acupuncture is based in Boulder and offers a full slate of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medical treatments. Founder Elif Kuzu is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and holds a master's degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder. Available services include acupuncture, Chinese herbal treatments, cupping, moxibustion, Shiatsu and Tui Na.

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Boulder East West Acupuncture Clinic

Boulder, CO 80301
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Boulder East West Acupuncture Clinic was founded by aQui Mizrahi, a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with a certification in Chinese Herbology. He is fluent in Spanish and offers a wide variety of traditional medicinal services, including acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, tui na, labor induction, and Shonishin, a type of pediatric acupuncture that doesn't use needles. Nutritional counseling services are also available.

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Boulder Family Acupuncture

Boulder, CO 80301
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Boulder Family Acupuncture is based in Boulder and specializes in treating patients of all ages, from infants to adults. Children under the age of eight are treated with a needle-less acupuncture technique called Shonishin. Founder Monica Edlauer is certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

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Boulder Sports Acupuncture

Boulder, CO 80303
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Boulder Sports Acupuncture specializes in treating the strains and injuries of the Boulder area's many athletes. Available services include acupuncture, other Chinese traditional medical treatments, cupping, massage, physical therapy, shockwave therapy, laser therapy, and gait analysis. The facility also has a state-of-the-art Recovery Lab that functions like a gym for people recovering from sports injuries.

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Community Acupuncture Boulder

Boulder, CO 80303
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Community Acupuncture Boulder has been serving patients throughout the Boulder area for more than a decade. The clinic offers a variety of services in the areas of acupuncture, nutritional counseling, herbal medicine, and craniosacral therapy. Founder Samhitta Jones has more than 17 years of experience treating patients with acupuncture, and current acupuncturist Joaquina Cante is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.

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Damiana Corca, Acupuncture Sleep Specialist

Boulder, CO 80301
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Damiana Corca, Acupuncture Sleep Specialist, is a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine with the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a certified Qi Gong instructor. She specializes in treating sleep disorders with traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Disorders that can be treated at Corca's clinic include narcolepsy, sleep apnea, insomnia, and bedwetting, among other common issues related to sleep.

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Heartseed Health

1076 Grant Place, Boulder, CO 80302
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Heartseed Health is a health and wellness center serving Colorado locals in Boulder and nearby communities. It was founded by Noah Goldstein and Rachael Brody, a real-life couple with expansive backgrounds in alternative medicine and psychotherapy. Noah is an experienced acupuncturist and a Chinese medicine expert who specializes in dealing with anxiety and depression. His acupuncture services are tailored to help with chronic pain, psycho-emotional health, digestive health, and reproductive and hormonal health. Heartseed Health also offers coaching, psychotherapy, craniosacral therapy, and herbal medicine.

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Kate Blalack Acupuncture

948 North St, Boulder, CO 80304
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Kate Blalack Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine and holistic nutritional clinic that has been operating in Boulder, CO, for over a decade. This facility offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional counseling, moxibusion, and cupping as part of a comprehensive health program that's tailored to each patient. This clinic serves men, women, and children to support physical and emotional health and address a wide range of concerns and conditions, including fertility.

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Kennedy Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Boulder, CO 80301
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Kennedy Chiropractic and Acupuncture has been providing patients in the Boulder area with acupuncture and chiropractic treatment for nearly 30 years. Dr. Douglas Kennedy was certified as a chiropractor in 1988 and is able to perform complex procedures like Manipulation Under Anesthesia to treat patients with chronic pain. Acupuncturist Karen Levine is a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and has been caring for patients since 1987.

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Modern Point Acupuncture and Sports Medicine

Boulder, CO 80302
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Modern Point Acupuncture and Sports Medicine serves patients out of two locations in Maple Grove, Minnesota, and Boulder, Colorado. The clinic employs four licensed acupuncturists, one of whom is also a licensed massage therapist. The practitioners' specialties include sports medicine acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, women's health issues, Chinese internal medicine, and pediatrics. Appointments can be made online by filling out a form.

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Moving Points Acupuncture And Wellness

Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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Moving Points Acupuncture And Wellness is located in Wheat Ridge and serves patients in the Denver and Boulder areas. Founder Lee Entel Hurter has a background in using acupuncture to treat addiction and trauma, holding certifications from the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in Louisville. Treatments are available both in the office and in patients' homes.

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Open Gate Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic

Boulder, CO 80301
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Open Gate Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinic, previously known as Good Earth Acupuncture, is located in Boulder and provides a variety of alternative medical services. These include acupuncture, traditional Chinese medical practices like cupping, gua sha, and moxibustion, and naturopathic treatments. For patients who can't make it into the clinic, phone and Skype consultations are available, and the clinic ships herbs anywhere in the country.

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The Dova Center for Health and Healing

Louisville, CO 80027
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The Dova Center for Health and Healing is located in Louisville and serves the Boulder area. The facility offers a varied array of services including yoga classes, massage therapy, spa treatments, and acupuncture. The center won a Patients' Choice award from Opencare in 2016. Acupuncture services are available for sports injuries, women's health issues, and pediatric patients from infants to adolescents.

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Todd Plymale-Mallory

Boulder, CO 80305
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Todd Plymale-Mallory is a licensed acupuncturist serving clients in Boulder and across the Front Range. He describes himself as a "Mind, Body and Soul Mechanic" and offers a combination of traditional Chinese medicine, herbology, body work, energy healing, and modern medical practices. Plymale-Mallory specializes in treating elite athletes, including cyclists, martial artists, and professional basketball players.

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Well Woman Acupuncture

Boulder, CO 80303
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Well Woman Acupuncture is the only traditional Chinese medicine clinic in Boulder that is entirely dedicated to treating women's health issues. The clinic has been offering treatment for a variety of conditions, including menstrual disorders, pelvic disorders, fertility issues, and menopause, for more than a decade. Founder Dr. Kandace Cahill has a doctorate in Oriental medicine and serves on the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.

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Whole Body Balance

Boulder, CO 80303
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Whole Body Balance is a "Wellness Center" based in Boulder that offers a variety of traditional medicinal services. The center employs eight certified acupuncturists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, and also offers cold laser therapy and a form of soft tissue manipulation therapy called Rolfing. Monthly wellness plan packages are available, offering acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic services for a flat fee per month.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine technique. It involves the strategic placement of small, fine needles puncturing the skin on various areas of the body to relieve pain or treat other medical conditions. The needles are left in place for about 10 minutes to half an hour while the patient relaxes. The selection of the proper acupoints requires skill and knowledge.

The practice of acupuncture originated in Asia many centuries ago. Chinese acupuncture may also involve electrical stimulation or heat application for heightened effect. Some Chinese acupuncturists also slowly spin or twirl the needles after insertion. On the other hand, Japanese acupuncture is less invasive, with shallow needle insertion and no needle manipulation. Korean acupuncture focuses on needle placement only in the feet and hands.  

Though acupuncture was highly controversial in Western medicine for many years, most of the medical community now recognizes its effectiveness for pain management. Only anecdotal evidence exists for treatments beyond pain relief.

How does acupuncture work?

Research hasn’t yet determined exactly how acupuncture works, but there are two main theories. One is that it operates on a neurological level by stimulating muscles, nerves, and connective tissues, triggering natural pain relief effects. Others believe acupuncture balances a person’s energies — chi — creating physical, emotional, and mental harmony, which relieves pain and improves health. 

Does Medicare cover acupuncture?

Medicare Part B covers acupuncture solely to treat low back pain. The condition must have no known cause and have lasted for at least 12 weeks. Only a doctor or properly licensed and trained medical provider may perform the acupuncture. Medicare initially approves up to 12 sessions over 90 days. With demonstrated improvement, up to eight more visits may be allowed.

Is acupuncture effective?

Studies by the National Institute of Health confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for addiction, nausea, headaches, asthma, some stroke rehabilitation, and pain management for various conditions. The NIH studies support the use of acupuncture alone and combined with traditional treatment methods. Additional research by other scientific and medical organizations demonstrates that acupuncture is typically successful in the treatment of pain.

Does acupuncture hurt?

Acupuncture should not be painful. The unfamiliar sensation may be uncomfortable at first, but that typically goes away after the first session. People with high sensitivity levels or low pain tolerance may experience heightened sensations. However, any discomfort should be minor and brief. Some common feelings at the acupuncture points are warmth, tingling, heaviness, or mild achiness.

How much does acupuncture cost?

Acupuncture prices vary greatly, ranging from $50 to $300 per session. Initial sessions usually cost more than follow-up appointments. Initial sessions on the high end of the pricing scale usually include a consultation and medical exam along with the acupuncture session. Some acupuncturists offer membership price breaks or discounts for prepaid multiple sessions. Shop around before deciding on an acupuncturist.

Does insurance cover acupuncture?

Some health care insurance carriers cover acupuncture for specific medical conditions. But it depends on the location, insurance provider, insurance plan, and reason for the treatments. Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, Health Net, Banner Health, and Humana are examples of some private insurers that may cover acupuncture with various restrictions. Contact your provider to learn more.

What should you wear to an acupuncture appointment?

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing to your first acupuncture appointment. Shorts or pants you can pull above your knees are a good idea. Short-sleeve tops are also preferable. Slip-on shoes are helpful. If your treatment involves back or torso needle placement, your acupuncturist likely provides gowns. After your first visit, you have a better idea of suitable clothing.

Is acupuncture safe?

Acupuncture is very safe with a certified, reputable, and capable acupuncturist. When the practitioner follows the law using sterile, disposable, single-use needles, adverse effects are rare. The World Health Organization reported no major side effects and only 671 minor adverse events out of 10,000 treatments. Plus, acupuncture has none of the serious side effects of traditional pain medications. 

What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?

Dry needling is also called intramuscular stimulation. The procedure involves the insertion of needles to treat muscular pain. Unlike the ancient practice of acupuncture, dry needling is relatively new. It’s not a well-regulated field either, while acupuncture is. Physical therapists and other providers can perform dry needling with no special training, licensing, or certifications.

What are some conditions that acupuncture can treat?

Acupuncture can help relieve pain caused by many medical conditions. Some examples are migraines, menstrual cramps, back pain, arthritis, sciatica, fibromyalgia, tennis elbow, postsurgical dental pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Many patients also experience improvement from acupuncture treatment for conditions, such as asthma, addiction, ADHD, and TMD. Plus, acupuncture may also help relieve nausea, stress, and anxiety.

How long does an acupuncture appointment last?

Initial acupuncture appointments typically last longer than routine sessions. They may include an interview about your health issues and a medical exam. With the acupuncture session, the entire appointment may take one to two hours. Successive sessions typically last about 30 minutes to an hour. The needles will be in place for only about 10 to 30 minutes.

How many acupuncture appointments will you need to complete a treatment?

It’s best to discuss how many sessions you’ll need with your acupuncturist during your initial consultation. Most patients who seek acupuncture to help with a medical condition and related pain need several sessions. They may start treatment with one to three sessions per week for a few weeks. Once they see improvement, treatments may taper off to in-frequent maintenance sessions.

What needles are used in acupuncture?

Metal filiform needles are the type commonly used for acupuncture today. These sterile, stainless-steel thread-like needles are available in varying diameters and lengths. The typical gauges range from 0.12 mm to 0.35 mm. Japanese acupuncture calls for thinner needles than Chinese methods. Acupuncture needles are designed for one use before disposal. Some acupuncturists use gold or silver needles.

Do acupuncturists need to be licensed to practice acupuncture?

Washington D.C. and 47 states require some type of licensing to perform acupuncture. South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alabama don’t regulate acupuncturists. Elsewhere, credentialing requirements and standards vary. Most states with acupuncture legal oversight require National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exams or certification in compliance with the Acupuncture Practice Act. California has its own licensing exam.

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