Acupuncture is one part of a larger system of medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Traditional Chinese Medicine is centered around a whole system approach: treating the whole body, not just the individual parts. TCM provides a holistic way to restore and maintain health. Chinese Medical theory revolves around the concept of qi (pronounced “CHEE”) being a vital energy which enlivens all living things. In the body, qi is closely associated with blood. It circulates throughout the body in acupuncture channels, and if the flow of qi is smooth and unblocked, we are free of pain and disease.
Chinese medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine that has been used for over 3,000 years to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness.
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin, sterile, single-use acupuncture needles into carefully chosen points on the body.
The selection of acupuncture points is based on your individual Chinese Medical diagnosis. These points lie along pathways or channels in the body which correspond to different organs and treat the entire “organ system.” The theory of Chinese Medicine provides a comprehensive way of at looking at the body. Often, seemingly unrelated symptoms will all correspond to one Chinese Medical diagnosis.
In treating the body based on your individual diagnosis, we are able to address the root cause of your body’s imbalance which may be causing pain, stress, allergies, irregularities in digestion and menstrual cycles, emotional distress, insomnia, headaches, and much more!
From a Western medical perspective, acupuncture releases endorphins in the body which often leaves patients feeling very relaxed. Acupuncture also has an anti-inflammatory effect which helps to relieve pain. To learn more about how acupuncture works, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Sara Bates Acupuncture
"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease" - Hippocrates
Sara is a Colorado state licensed acupuncturist in Fort Collins, Colorado. She provides treatments to patients looking for healing, pain relief, hormone balance, and the tools to feel empowered in their health care decisions.
We're well into the spring season and I'm seeing a lot of people in the clinic with some liver/gallbladder imbalances so I thought I'd take a minute to address it and what you can do on your own to help correct those imbalances. In Chinese Medicine, the liver and...read more
Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies; NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture; Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Specialty in Womens Health; DONA trained Birth Doula; Yoga Teacher with additional training in pre and post natal yoga.