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Located in the Highlands in Denver, Colorado, Healing Vibes Acupuncture & Wellness offers acupuncture for back pain, cupping, health coaching, holistic medicine, massage and more.

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The Truth About Painkillers

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Painkillers, or over the counter (OTC) pain medications are widely over-used. Some of these medications include: -Acetaminophen or Tylenol -Naproxen -Ibuprofen or Advil -Aspirin

There are many problems that can arise from taking these OTC medications. Both immediate and chronic issues have been found.

1. Tolerance

When these are taken for a long period of time, the dosage must be increased. The pain relieving effects that are felt at the beginning slowly diminish. I have had patients who have taken OTC medications for so long, that the do not work anymore. Our bodies do a good job at getting used to things.

2. Digestive Problems

Taking OTC painkillers can really hurt our digestion. They can cause stomach pain, heartburn, and ulcers. Also, bowel movements can be disturbed, causing constipation or diarrhea. These negative side effects increase the longer medications are taken.

3. Cardiovascular Problems

NSAIDS can inhibit blood clotting and this is why doctors prescribe Aspirin be taken on a daily basis for those who have blood clotting issues. However, this also means that it increases the chance of bleeding.

4. Headaches

5. Dizziness

6. Kidney Damage

Damage to the kidneys is seen more than damage to the liver. They may inhibit blood flow to the kidneys.

Acupuncture can be used as an alternative to these OTC painkillers. The needles are used to reduce acute and chronic pain. The great thing about Acupuncture is that it not only treats the symptoms, but it heals the root cause of the pain as well. Painkillers are only a band-aid for the issue. Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of pain, like back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, menstrual pain, and much more! Our society today is very fast paced and makes it easy for someone to want to just pop a pill to feel better. This is not the right solution. Do you want to hide the pain, or heal your body?

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Endometriosis and Acupuncture

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Acupuncture for Endometriosis Did you know that endometriosis affects 176 million females worldwide?  That is a huge number!  In the US, there are over 200,000 cases per year.  It affects 1 in 10 productive females.

What is Endometriosis?

It is a gynecological disorder in which the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus.  It can negatively impact these women's lives.  There are many symptoms associated with endometriosis.  It can cause pain, heavy periods, digestive issues, and infertility.  It is said that 30% of women with this disorder have problems with fertility.  Currently, there is no known specific cause, however there may be a genetic component.  The treatment offered in western medicine is mainly surgery.  This can be very daunting for women, which is why I strongly recommend trying Acupuncture first!

How can Acupuncture help?

I am so happy to tell you that acupuncture can help!  Acupuncture is great at treating all the symptoms associated with this disorder.  The needles help circulate blood flow properly to relieve pain and sensitivity.  Along with relieving pain, acupuncture strengthens the digestion, promoting a healthy bowel movement and getting rid of nausea.  When menstrual issues are seen, this medicine can balance the hormones properly.  This can provide healthy quantity in blood flow and a regular cycle.  At last, acupuncture can help boost fertility.  Once all of these other symptoms are taken care of, fertility will be healthy.

I will recommend my patients to start with two Acupuncture treatments per week.  Once we see a decrease in unwanted symptoms, we move to once per week, then every other week and so on.  The longer these negative symptoms stay away, the longer the duration will be between treatments.  I may also prescribe an herbal formula for them to take.  The herbal formula works to strengthen the treatment.

Acupuncture Treats Neuromas

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Neuromas can be quite common, and also difficult to treat.  A neuroma happens when the tissue around nerves begins to thicken, and causes pain and discomfort.  This irritation can become unbearable and hard to live with.  Patients can experience this after a surgery (most commonly amputation) or on the feet and toes.  Doctors usually suggest surgery for the treatment once the pain becomes severe.  However, many people don't know that Acupuncture can treat neuromas.  This can save patients from undergoing unwanted surgeries.

How does acupuncture treat neuromas?

During the treatment, needles are placed around the neuroma and other parts of the body.  These needles can help loosen up the tissue and prevent stagnation.  It helps to reverse the thickening of tissue around the unhappy nerves.  Patients report that the acupuncture treatment does not cause them pain.  The treatment protocol starts with two treatments per week.  Once the pain decreases, the acupuncture treatments are schedule further apart.

Electrical Stimulation

This is a tool that is used in conjunction with acupuncture.  An electrical stimulation machine is hooked up to 4 acupuncture needles surrounding the neuroma.  The circuits produce a pulsing sensation with voltage through the needles to break up scar tissue.  It helps the needles treat the pain and the inflammation.  The machine is hooked up for about 30 minutes while the acupuncture needles are in the body.


Different herbal topicals can be applied to the area to reduce pain.  Some of these important topicals are White Flower Oil and Frankinsence oil.  The White Flower Oil works to open up the blockages which are causing pain.  It is made up of healing herbs that are completely natural.  Frankinsence is used to break up scar tissue and heal the skin.  When patients use herbal topicals in conjunction with acupuncture treatments the neuroma is treated more quickly.

5 Tips for a Healthy Digestion

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Healthy digestion plays a major part in our overall health.  Did you know that around 40 Million Americans have been diagnosed with a Digestive Disease?  These can range from constipation, diverticulitis, Crohn's, IBS, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, and ulcers. With this huge rise in Digestive Diseases, here are some tips that not many people know about.  These things can help keep your digestion running smoothly.

  • No Cold Foods or Beverages

This comes as a surprise to most people.  Basically, our digestive organs must be at a certain (warm) temperature in order for them to work properly.  If we are constantly freezing our stomach with the things we are eating, it will slow down the digestion.  When the digestion is slowed down, it also slows down our metabolism, and stores excess in the body.  This excess in Chinese Medicine is known as "Dampness".  Dampness can cause weight gain, foggy head, muscles pains, joint pains, and fatigue.  It is recommended to drink room temperature water and other fluids to prevent this from happening.  It's also best to eat cooked foods, rather than raw or cold foods directly from the fridge.

  • Taking the Time

It's easy to eat a quick lunch while working on the computer, or standing during a break.  However, this also slows down digestion.  It is important to eat sitting down, and be mindful of slowly chewing all the food we are eating.  It's also best to avoid any stress or conflict during a meal.  I recommend to my patients to eat on a schedule.  Always eat breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day, along with eating at similar times every day.  Our bodies love working on a schedule.  Diet is a major factor in our digestion as well.

Acupuncture can help decrease the inflammation in our guts, and strengthen our digestive organs.  Many acupuncture treatments also focus on controlling appetite and cravings.  Acupuncture points are used on channels that are connected to organs involved in digestion.  Regular acupuncture treatments can strongly benefit any digestive disorder.

Moxibustion can be used as a great therapy to benefit lots of digestive issues.  This herb warms our digestion to promote healthy organ function.  It decreases inflammation, and can help regulate healthy bowel movements.

  • Herbal Medicine

There are many Chinese herbal formulas that can decrease unwanted symptoms with IBS, constipation, diarrhea, Crohn's, diverticulitis, hemorrhoids and much more.  Just like acupuncture, they help to reduce inflammation, and strengthen the digestion.  In many cases, I have seen herbal medicine reverse the unwanted affects of digestive disorders, and repair the damage.  Their are hundreds of natural herbs that can promote a healthy digestion.

Acupuncture for Children

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Acupuncture for children is a great choice.

Just like adults, acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can highly benefit children. Here are a few main things that acupuncture can help with for babies, toddlers, and young children.

1. Pain

Acupuncture is amazing at treating pain. This includes back pain, neck pain, joint pain, and many more. Children are involved in lots of sports, and with this high activity their comes injuries. When I was a child I was involved in gymnastics and constantly was injuring my ankles and wrists. Acupuncture can speed up the healing process for many injuries. This will help them get back to doing what they love a lot faster.

2. Immunity

Children are in daycare and school, which allows them to become sick a lot more often than we want them to be. They are easily exposed to lots of bacteria and viruses. A good way to be active with their health is to get regular acupuncture treatments to boost their immunity. When doing this, they are less likely needing antibiotics from the doctors office that can be harmful to their bodies.

3. Allergies

This can include food allergies or environmental allergies. Acupuncture for children can keep these allergy symptoms like sniffles, cough, and congestion low. Overall, it decreases inflammation in the body. In my clinic we have a product called Allergease. Allergease are yummy tasting suckers that children love! They can suck on these often to help deal with allergy symptoms.

4. Bed Wetting

Many children even at older ages deal with wetting the bed. This can be a frustrating thing for both the parents and the child. Acupuncture for children and Chinese herbal medicine can combat this habit so they sleep soundly without wetting the bed.

At Healing Vibes Acupuncture & Wellness we love children! We have a discounted rate for their services! Schedule an appointment today!

How Can Moxibustion Therapy Help You?

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Moxibustion is a therapy in which a common chinese herb known as Mugwort is used.  Their are many forms of "moxa" that can be used during treatment.  Moxa is always warmed, which brings out it's many vibrant and healing properties.  When moxa is warmed, it burns with an infra-red light.  The frequency of this infra-red light is an extremely healing one.  It is used to both treat and prevent diseases.  The heat is applied to the moxa on various acupuncture points on the body depending on the treatment.


Now I am going to mention something about moxa that is the most fascinating to me.  After burning moxa on the acupuncture point known as "ST 36", which is located on the lower leg, it actually triples the bodies white blood cell count!  This happens within 10 minutes of burning the moxa on the point.  This has been proven by a scientific study done in recent years.  This also means that moxa is a powerful tool to use to increase the immune system.  White blood cells are important in keeping our immune functions up and working properly.  When our immune systems are down, our white blood cell count can be down.  For instance, moxa has been used in the treatment of HIV and AIDS, were the white blood cell count is found to be extremely low.

Breeched Babies

Moxa's role in immunity is very fascinating, but their is actually another truly amazing thing it can do that not many people know about.  It is used to treat breeched babies!  When moxa is burned on an acupuncture point known as "UB 67", it can actually help turn the baby for proper delivery.  This is so important for pregnant women to know, because this treatment could potentially save them from getting an unwanted C-section.

Treatment Can Come in Many Forms

Classification of moxa includes "direct moxa" and "indirect moxa".  Direct moxa is placed directly on the acupuncutre point on the skin's surface.  Indirect moxa is not placed directly on the skin.  Indirect moxa includes some powerful and common insulaters, ginger, garlic, and salt.  To describe this a little better, the insulater (let's say garlic), is put onto an acupuncture point on the body, and then moxa is burned on top of that.  When used with ginger, it can treat weakness of the spleen and stomach causing diarrhea, abdominal pain, and painful joints.  When used with garlic, it can treat scrofula, skin ulcers, and poisonouse insect bites.  When used with salt, it can treat abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, hernias, cold limbs, and excess sweating.

What are the functions of moxibustion?

-warms the energetic meridians and pathways of the body

-increases circulation and the flow of energy and blood

-strengthens the body's "yang", which is important in many metabolic processes in the body

What can moxibustion treat?


-Colds/ Flus

-Menstrual Issues

-Digestive Issues

-Low Immune Function

-High Fever

-Low Energy

-Herpes Zoster

-Nerve Damage


-Insect/ Snake Bites







How to Strengthen Your Immune System

Tyson Ruhge

With the change of seasons, we can all use a boost to our immune systems.  Along with proper diet, low stress, and getting enough sleep, we can use Chinese Medicine to prepare for the change of seasons.  Many people count on Acupuncture for the Immune System. These amazing treatments include Moxibustion, Acupuncture, and Chinese herbs.  

Moxibustion is a Chinese herb called Mugwort, which is safely burned during treatments on specific acupuncture points on the body.  A really amazing scientific fact about this herb is that when used on these acupuncture points, it actually triples your white blood cell count within 10 minutes!  These white blood cells are what your body uses to help fight against many viruses and bacteria in common colds, flues, and other respiratory disorders.

Chinese herbs have truly amazing properties that help strengthen the immune system.  Most commonly used in my clinic is the formula Immune +Plus.  This herbal formula has the herbs Astragulus and Ganoderma Mushroom just to name a few.  These two herbs are very powerful at keeping your body balanced, and keep you from getting sick!  This formula is taken a few times per day in capsule form.  It’s also great to take when traveling, a time when we are confronted with many germs on airplanes and in airports.

Using these powerful natural medicine modalities to prevent our bodies from getting sick is much safer than getting sick and resorting to antibiotics.  Antibiotics harm the digestive system, making it even easier for us to get sick next time around.

immune smoothie

immune smoothie

Along with Chinese herbs, diet can play a major role in our immune system!  Here is a great example of a smoothie to make at home which will definitely benefit our immune systems.

Immunity Booster Smoothie

  • 1 orange

  • 1 apple

  • 2 handfuls of spinach or kale

  • ½ of a lemon (peeled)

  • Tip of your thumb size nodule of ginger

  • ¾ cup berries of your choice

  • 3 ice cubes (optional) (it's better to keep our bodies warm and not ingest too much cold foods during the winter months)