Common frequently asked questions with regards to Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and our clinic?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is most commonly used to treat pain. Acupuncture is a subset of Traditional Chinese Medicine and helped stimulate nerve and circulatory functions in the body.

Some patients might be more sensitive in certain areas, but acupuncture should not be painful.  Acupuncture needles very thin and not hallow. Acupuncture needles enter the skin shallowly and do not cut the tissue as they enter. For example, the belly and back areas are less sensitive where the hands might be slightly more sensitive.

If something is uncomfortable tell your acupuncturist. They’ll adjust the needles or choose other points. The goal if acupuncture is not to make you feel pain.

When most people think of needles, they think of ones that are used for vaccines or drawing blood. These hollow needles have to puncture the skin — and can be painful. These needles puncture the skin as they enter.

Acupuncture needles are single use, solid, stainless steel needles that are usually not much larger than a strand of hair. Acupuncture needles go between tissues, making them less painful compared to a hypodermic needle. .

Traditionally in China and in the East acupuncture is used to treat everything. It’s not thought of as an alternative medicine. For most people there, it’s just a common part of their medical care. For example, in China, acupuncture is often used as a complementary treatment for all sorts of health conditions, everything from asthma to diabetes.

In the West, however, acupuncture is more commonly used as part of a care plan for conditions like chronic low back pain or joint pain. It’s also used to treat gastrointestinal issues amongst other things.

The acupuncturist will ask about your medical history and symptoms. They’ll also do an exam — similar to what you’d experience in a doctor visit. In addition, they may look at your tongue. This is a way for them to find any imbalances in your body.

Based on the exam, they’ll select the appropriate points to insert needles. They’ll typically treat what’s bothering you, plus any other underlying conditions that may be connected.

You’ll lie down or sit on a table, and the acupuncturist will put needles into various points on your body, called acupuncture points. These specific points lye on lines in the body called acupuncture channels. Through thousands of years of learning, traditional Chinese medicine has compiled very complete and complex systems of meridians/ acupuncture channels. The acupuncturist puts needles into those meridians to help regulate and move the body back to homeostasis, or wellness.

Typically, sessions may go for 20 to 30 minutes depending on your treatment. The acupuncturist will usually dim the lights and put on quiet music to help you relax. They’ll come in and check on you throughout your session to make sure you’re comfortable. Some patients actually fall asleep during the treatment.

Look for a licensed acupuncturist. For example, in most states in the United States acupuncturists are required to be accredited with the NCCAOM and their state board. Some states such as California and Florida have their own accrediting organizations.  In order for a Licensed Acupuncturist to practice legally in most states they have to be accredited with the overseeing organization like the NCCAOM and hold a professional license with their state. Professional licenses are usually issued through the department of labor or the state medical board.   In order to stay licensed all licensed Acupuncturists “L.Ac” must continue to engage in Continuing Education and submit credits to the NCCAOM to maintain their licenses. . When you are looking for a licensed acupuncturist the easiest way to check their credentialing and professional standing is to visit the NCCAOM.org . Outside of checking credentials online, google reviews are always a good indicator of the acupuncturists standing in the community.

Acupuncture is a good option for anyone looking for help with certain medical conditions. Acupuncture has been shown to help with many different complex and simple medical conditions. The choice is up to you whether or not you want to pursue acupuncture as a means to your health care.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is thousands of years old and has changed little over the centuries. Its basic concept is that a vital force of life, called Qi, surges through the body. Any imbalance to Qi can cause disease and illness.

Ancient Chinese believed that humans are microcosms of the larger surrounding universe, and are interconnected with nature and subject to its forces. Balance between health and disease is a key concept. TCM treatment seeks to restore this balance through treatment specific to the individual.

Chinese Medicine is composed of several parts:

  • Acupuncture
  • Medical Herbology
  • Moxabusiton
  • Cupping/ Gua Sha
  • Various forms of Massage and Manual manipulation,  similar to Chiropractic care.


Chinese Medicine is highly effective or a wide variety of diseases and illnesses. As with another form of medicine it is very dependent on the patient and the condition at hand. Treatments must match the diagnosis for each patient. Chinese medicine is not a one size fits all therapy. It must be adjusted to each individuals personal needs. When it is, patients will experience noticeable improvements quickly in most cases. For more long term, chronic cases treatment may take much longer.

This is a common concern amongst some patients. In our clinic we only sell the highest quality of granulated and raw herbs possible. all of our herbs come from reputable distributes and pass all FDA regulatory guidelines for entering the States. 90% of our herbs that we carry come from Taiwan and must pass rigorous chemical testings before they are prepared into their current granulated form.

For more information of the manufacturing and testing process of the herbs that we use in our clinic please click the following links.

KPC Herbs

Evergreen Herb Supply

Chinese Medicine has thousands of hears of history treating many common health conditions. These conditions include but are nit limited to, insomnia, gastrointestinal disorders, skin rashes, headaches, migraines, colds, flus, neuropathy, allergies, reproductive disorders, prostate inflammation,  bladder disorders, cough, asthma, allergies to name a few.

Most licensed herbalists will have adequate training in Chinese herbs. However it is important to talk with your acupuncturist about their training and how they practice herbology.

To schedule an appointment please call the clinic at 303 953 2363 or email info@rockymountainacu.com

All of our services range in price. We offer free initial consultations at no charge. If money is your concern it is always best to come on for a consultation and the practitioner will explain the finances to you. We do our best to keep our prices reasonable, however this is a business and is treated as such. If you have further questions about pricing please call the clinic. 

Rocky Mountain Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is located at 7878 W. 80th Pl. Suite 2A in Arvada Co, 80005. The clinic office is located on the second flood of the Key Bank building off of 80th and Allison. 

PEMF therapy is the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields to bathe low energy cells in pure, raw energy. Each cell in your body is actually a capacitor, or battery, which holds a charge. Your entire body is electrical and your cells each need a measurable electrical charge to function optimally. In order to maintain good wellness, cells must be doing their jobs. PEMF Exercise supports the body’s natural abilities to optimize balanced body functions

Frequency-specific microcurrent (FSM) is a technique for treating pain by using low-level electrical current. The current is delivered to certain parts of your body in an attempt to relieve pain.

A frequency is the rate at which a sound wave or electronic pulse is produced. This measurement is registered in hertz (Hz). During FSM treatment, various frequencies can be used to potentially reduce swelling (inflammation), repair tissue and reduce pain.

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