A large part of our studies includes Chinese Herbal Medicine. If you are looking for alternative options to prescriptions or you don’t know what to buy at the supplement aisle, we’re here to help.
Chinese herbal medicine is not based on mainstream Western concepts of medical diagnosis and treatment. Rather, by using Chinese herbals (complex combinations of herbs, minerals, and plant extracts) practitioners seek to prevent and treat imbalances, such as those caused by cancer and other diseases.
All the herbs, liniments, and patches used at Fort Collins Family Acupuncture are made by reputable companies and are safe and very effective. All of our herbs are “good manufacturing practice” (GMP) certified. We maintain an extensive Chinese herbal pharmacy consisting primarily of patented herbal formulas obtained from Blue Poppy Herbs or Golden Flower Herb. We customize these formulas to meet each patient’s needs.
At Fort Collins Family Acupuncture we offer Herbal Consults for those that don’t want acupuncture but are interested in Herbal Medicine only. Your acupuncture visit includes a herbal consultation.
Another form of acupuncture therapy is acupressure, which uses the manual application of gentle pressure at selected sites rather than the insertion of thin needles into the skin to treat specific disorders. Palpation of these points is often used to help with the Chinese medical diagnosis.
We will commonly use seeds on acupuncture/acupressure points so patents can continue to get effects after they leave the clinic. We will often train patients to push on certain points on their body so they can help with the condition (such as headaches) they are wanting to alleviate from home between sessions.
Moxibustion, or moxa, is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves the burning of an herb called mugwort. The moxa technique involves lighting this bundle and holding it over but not touching the patient’s affected area, allowing it to warm it.
At Fort Collins Family Acupuncture we use a Moxa Box and we place a cone-shaped moxa in the box generating a very gentle and long-lasting heat for moxibustion treatment. This can be used to manage various digestive issues, menstrual cramping, PMS, and infertility. Discuss with your provider if this is an additional service that could be helpful for you.
Diet constitutes a large part of your health. Chinese medical theory views nutrition in a way that often differs from mainstream Western dietary habits. In Chinese medicine we look at the temperatures and properties of foods and recommend foods based on each patient’s individual pattern(s).
For example, milk and ice cream are “cold and damp” by nature, so it is not recommended for someone diagnosed with dampness in their constitution. Tangible dampness includes phlegm, edema (fluid retention), and discharges. Intangible dampness includes a person’s subjective feelings of heaviness and dizziness. Other symptoms of dampness include bloating, diarrhea, lack of appetite, undigested food in the stools, fatigue, and possible edema in the abdominal area. When a person coughs up mucus right after eating ice cream, it shows that a cold spleen is producing dampness. Since excessive dampness in the spleen is stored in the lungs, a damp spleen can often lead to frequent colds and allergies.
We don’t do dietary plans or close audits of your diet and can refer out to dietitians and nutritionists to help you manage your diet if needed. We will give high level take home, applicable recommendations for your condition based on Chinese medical principles.
Tuina is a manual therapy—a kind of Chinese style massage. We often use this to treat painful conditions.
There are special protocols of “tuina” that we use for infants and children in lieu of acupuncture needles. Samantha is the practitioner in our office that works with children. Typically best for kids under 4.