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.
What is acupuncture?
Traditional Chinese medicine is rooted in the concept of creating flow, strength, and balance where there is stagnation, deficiency or excess by moving qi and blood throughout the body. 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.
From a Western medicine standpoint, acupuncture can increase circulation, break up adhesions in the muscles, release endorphins, change the way the brain perceives pain, and activate the parasympathetic nervous system. This allows our bodies to move from a place of “fight or flight” to “rest and digest.” Healing takes place when we are relaxed, nourished, and at ease in our bodies.
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!
Acupuncture alleviates stress, pain, hormonal imbalances, and so much more. At Sara Bates Acupuncture, we use a combination of Traditional Chinese medicine and evidence based medicine to create a treatment plan based on your individual needs and goals.
What Acupuncture treats:
- Neck and Back Pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Digestive issues
- Menstrual irregularities
Chinese medicine is a comprehensive system of medicine that has been used for over 3,000 years to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness.
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.
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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.