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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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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!

Is The Blood Sugar Rollercoaster Causing your Afternoon Slump?

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  Its 2 p.m. and instead of focusing on work, all you can think about is putting your head on a pillow to take a nap. Your usual afternoon slump kicks in full force and it takes everything in you to stay awake. So you reach for a coffee or an energy drink, but it only helps for a little bit and then you are right back to square one.

There are many factors that start your afternoon slump, but one of the biggest ones is the blood sugar rollercoaster. A blood sugar rollercoaster causes enormous biological and chemical stress on the body, initiating the stress response on a regular basis, systematically destroying good health.

A blood sugar rollercoaster usually happens after we ingest too many empty (simple) carbs. These are foods that are high in sugar and low in protein. Some examples are baked goods, white bread, pasta, and processed foods. Once we eat these simple carbs our blood sugar levels spike; when they plunge a few hours later, this is when we experience a crash in energy levels, and we reach for caffeine or sugary foods to try to get more energy.

Here are the top 5 ways to beat that mid afternoon slump

Stay Hydrated

The majority of us are actually dehydrated.  Water plays a key role in our bodies and is the most underused macronutrient that the body needs. Water fights fatigue, aids in digestion by forming stomach secretions, flushes bodily wastes, and reduces inflammation. Make sure to get a minimum of 64 ounces each day.

Eat a balanced lunch with COMPLEX carbs and Protein

The body breaks down carbs into sugar for energy, but unlike simple carbs, it takes the body more time to break down complex carbs which provide a constant supply of energy. Think of complex carbs like a slow burn, compared to a simple carb which is like a flash fire. Good examples of complex carbs are whole grains, beans, veggies, and my favorite…sweet potato. Protein helps stabilize your blood sugar from drastic peaks and falls. A good example of having equal amounts of carbs and protein is a Turkey sandwich on whole wheat bread.

Don’t over eat

Our body will have to put all of its energy into digesting all of the food you consumed, which means you lack energy to stay awake. Instead, try having a smaller meal for lunch and a snack later in the afternoon.

Don’t Skip Meals

If you skip breakfast, you will be far more likely to over eat during lunch. If you skip lunch your blood sugar levels will continue to stay low, causing moodiness, cravings and lack of concentration.

Avoid Sugary food and drinks to wake you up

Reaching for sugar to help give you an energy boost may seem like a good idea, but your blood sugar will drop just as quick as it went up with the sugar. Instead, try taking a 10 minute walk outside, organize your desk, or any activity that gets you moving.

Having a balanced nutrition program is key to avoiding that dreaded afternoon slump. A great way to get a balanced nutrition program is by working with a Health Coach. This is a great way to help you stay on track and to get answers to any questions you may have.



5 Reasons to Get Acupuncture in Denver

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Acupuncture in Denver is on the rise as more and more discover that it is a magnificent tool for our health. In a recent nationwide poll, Denver was rated #9 in "Healthiest Cities". With this being said, it makes me wonder how exactly the people of Denver are staying healthy. What are the healthy choices that Denver residents are making? One of them is Acupuncture. One of the best things about Acupuncture is that their are so many benefits. The positive outcomes of acupuncture are endless.

1. It can combat the dry Denver weather

The dry weather that we have in Denver is definitely hard to get used to. So many patients have symptoms of congestion, dry skin, and dry eyes. The good news is, acupuncture can help with nasal congestion, dry skin, and dry eyes. It works to nourish the body fluids that seem diminished in this dry mountain air.

2. Your immunity will skyrocket

Even if you are not in pain and you are feeling healthy, our immunity could always use a boost. A powerful tool in the Acupuncture treatments is the use of Moxibustion. Moxibustion is a therapy where the Chinese herb Mugwort is used. The herb is heated on specific Acupuncture points on the body. An amazing study was done with moxibustion, and it was proven that it actually triples your white blood cell count within ten minutes of therapy (white blood cells are a major component of immune health). When your immune system is healthy, your whole body will feel better.

3. It will take away your pain

One of the major ailments that I treat in my practice is back pain. Acupuncture treatments provide immediate and long lasting relief for back pain, and many other types of pain. Whether it's back pain, neck pain, joint pains, or digestive pain, Acupuncture can help.

4. It manages Stress levels

With one of the leading causes of disease being stress, everyone in Denver could use a stress reduction treatment. The hustle bustle of the city life can wear on our patience and our emotions. Traffic is getting out of control, and Denver is seeming to get more busy every day. If we are in the right state of mind, we can accomplish so much more. Work stress, money stress, and every day life stresses can be managed through Acupuncture treatments. Along with Acupuncture, herbal medicine works amazing for our emotional health. This includes anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder.

5. You will sleep more soundly

The effect that Acupuncture has on our sleep health is magical. It can help you fall asleep easier, and stay asleep throughout the night. It can address many sleep disturbances, like racing mind, hot flashes, night sweats, and much more.

These are our top 5 reasons why Acupuncture in Denver is on the rise. Try it for yourself! Book an appointment with us today by clicking here.

Acupuncture for Menstrual Cycle

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Acupuncture for menstrual cycle issues works great.  Chinese Medicine works absolute wonders for us females during our menstrual cycles. Many of us find ourselves dealing with pain, irregularity, or emotional imbalances that are related to our hormones. Instead of taking over the counter pain relievers, try out natural medicine! I strongly recommend herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion, and acupuncture for the menstrual cycle. It is a medicine that females can trust to bring that time of the month into balance.

5 Ways Acupuncture is good for the Menstrual Cycle

1)Acupuncture is a Natural Pain Killer

Whether you experience menstrual pain before, during, or after your cycle, it can be very frustrating. During an acupuncture treatment, the needles are placed on specific channels to promote the smooth flow of blood and qi through the uterus. These channels also flow through the lower abdomen which can be blocked when their is pain. The acupuncture needles and Chinese herbs can open up these channels.

2)Acupuncture Regulates the Cycle

I see many women that do not have a cycle every 28-30 days. Whether your cycle is longer, shorter, or completely unpredictable, Chinese Medicine can help bring it back to a normal 28-30 day cycle. When our menstrual cycles are on track, everything else in our body is more in balance.  Acupuncture for menstrual cycle issues can help regulate hormones.

3)Gives Emotional Balance during your Menstrual Cycle

There is nothing worse than feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed because of your hormones. These unwanted emotions that arise at different times of the month are many times related to the menstrual cycle.  Acupuncture for the menstrual cycle involves calming the mind, and relieving these negative emotions.  You don't have to deal with these emotions, it is treatable with Chinese medicine.

4)Proper Quantity

Some females experience an abnormal heavy or light flow.  Having the right amount of blood flow during your period is very important. Acupuncture can bring stability to your blood flow during your menstrual cycle.

5)Promotes Breast Health

This has a lot to do with breast tenderness that is felt during the cycle.  Pain or just a feeling of distention in the breasts can be treated with Chinese Medicine.

Stress and its effects on the body

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Stress O meter

Stress O meter

Stress is your bodies way of responding to any kind of threat or demand. Modern life is full of deadlines, frustrations, high demands, and crazy schedules. For the majority of people, stress is so common that it has become a way of life. Not all of it is bad though. If you experience stress within your natural comfort zone it can motivate you and help you perform under pressure. However, when the pressure becomes overwhelming its can impair your mood, your relationships and most importantly your health.

Here are just a few ways that negative stress effects your body.

  • Increased cortisol production: Associated with weight gain (especially in the belly), inability to lose weight or gain muscle, premature aging.

  • Decreased nutrient absorption: Due to decreased enzymatic production from the stomach, pancreas and liver, decreased bile flow from gall bladder, decreased oxygenation and gastrointestinal blood flow.

  • Increased nutrient excretion: Urinary loss of calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, chromium, selenium, and various microminerals.

  • Decrease in thyroid hormone: Can lead to a decrease in metabolic activity throughout the body.

  • Increase in blood cholesterol: Stress by itself will raise LDL levels.

  • Decrease in sex hormones: Can mean lower sex drive, low energy, decreased muscle mass.

  • Increase in inflammation: The basis of many significant ailments, including brain and heart disease.

  • Increase in insulin resistance: Chronic low-level stress may cause target cells to become unresponsive to insulin, a factor in diabetes, weight gain, heart disease and aging.

While unmanageable stress is undeniably harmful, you have more control than you think. You may feel like the stress in your life is out of your control, but you can always control the way you respond. There are healthy ways to cope with stress that will help you reduce its harmful effects, and prevent stress from escalating out of control.

Here are the top 6 ways to reduce stress.

  1. Conscious breathing. Take 10 slow deep breaths. You’re going to trick your central nervous system. The shortcut to turn off stress and activate a physiologic relaxation response is conscious breathing

  2. Eat a healthy diet.Well-nourished bodies are better prepared to manage stress. Start your day with a healthy breakfast, reduce your sugar intake, add plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and a lot of fresh water.

  3. Set aside relaxation time. There are many relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation that activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the fight or flight stress response.

  4. Get plenty of sleep. Feeling tired can escalate stress by causing you to think unreasonable and irrational.

  5. Limit alcohol and caffeine. These can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.

  6. Getmoving. Physical activity plays a major role in managing stress. Movement helps get your nervous system back into balance.

Treating Sciatica with Acupuncture

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Treating sciatica with Acupuncture has proven to show great results. As a pain specialist, I see many patients with sciatica and low back pain; and the benefits with Acupuncture are phenomenal.When there is pressure on the sciatic nerve, it causes radiating pain that goes down the leg and follows specific acupuncture channels. The sciatic nerve runs from the low back down the leg. Course of Treatment: During the initial consultation, we will establish details of your pain so that we can come up with the proper treatment plan. Everyone is different , and treatment plans depend on many things. The initial consultation is very important when treating sciatica with acupuncture. What does the treatment plan depend on? -How long you have had the pain -If their was a specific injury -The severity of pain; usually measured on a pain scale of 1-10 -How far down the leg the pain goes -How much back pain is involved -What Acupuncture channels the pain is in -Which specific types of pain is felt; these will usually fall under "stabbing", "cramping", "dull", "achy", "cold", "burning", etc.

The Course of Treatment of Sciatica with Acupuncture:

Just like mentioned above, the amount of Acupuncture treatments for sciatica and back pain will vary person to person. At the beginning of treatment, weekly Acupuncture sessions are recommended. Once the pain is under control and minimized, the time between Acupuncture visits can be longer; stretching out to every 2,3, and 4 weeks. Then, maintenance or tune-up Acupuncture visits are only recommended.

5 Things You Can Do Along with Acupuncture to Relieve Sciatica Pain -


Their are plenty of stretches that will help relieve sciatica and back pain. One of my favorites is best to do a few times per day. While lying flat on your back on the ground with your legs straight, raise 1 leg at a time and bring towards the floor crossing over your other leg. -


During the Acupuncture sessions, many different points are used on the body; mostly on the limbs. I will recommend a few of these points that I use to massage yourself at home. This is known as Acupressure.


This is another modality that works amazing for any types of pain. I almost always use this during the Acupuncture session because it boosts the results of the Acupuncture. These glass cups are used to relieve pain, increase blood and qi circulation, and remove toxins. Refer to the cupping section of my website for more in depth information on this modality.

Herbal Medicine

Chinese herbal medicine will be prescribed only in some cases when it is applicable to the patient. When it is applicable, it will help speed up the process of healing and continue to heal even when not in an Acupuncture session.

Proper Diet

Drinking enough water will help the process of healing as well. Staying hydrated helps nourish the tendons and muscles. I usually recommend to drink about half of your body weight in ounces per day. Make sure that the water is no colder than room temperature.

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







Emotional Eating

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Let’s be honest... are you always hungry when you eat? Or, do you sometimes use food as a comfort or distraction when you are feeling anxious, angry or upset? Could work stress, spouse arguments, or an all-around low mood be causing your waistline to expand? Many of us don’t often see that we are emotional eating. Emotional eating happens whenever someone has a strong emotion that they don’t know exactly how to handle, and they channel it into an eating experience. Don’t be fooled, stressed, angry, or upset aren’t the only emotions that cause emotional eating…happiness is another common emotion that people don’t realize can cause binge eating. Think about being around friends and family during holidays or events. You are usually happy, and tend to eat more. When you occasionally turn to food to celebrate or forget your troubles, it doesn’t mean that you have a problem. It’s when you let your emotions frequently dictate when and what you eat. This can hurt your fat loss efforts while leaving other issues or problems in your life unresolved.

There are ways to overcome emotional eating. First, you will want to figure out exactly which emotion triggers you to eat. Keeping a food journal can help you determine this. Write down exactly when you ate, what you ate, how you felt, whether you were actually physically hungry, and how you felt afterward. If you track your emotions and what you are it eating, it will help you to determine what types of feelings tend to drive you to emotionally eat.

Next, what you will want to do is figure out alternative behaviors to help deal with these emotions. Some good examples are to call a friend, go for a walk, read a book, or indulge in a hobby you have. If you are tracking your behaviors in your journal and start to feel yourself slipping into a bag of cookies, you can acknowledge that pattern and choose an alternative behavior that will help you fight the urge.

Another step is to focus on your food. Use all of your senses to really enjoy what you are eating. Don’t watch TV, talk on the phone, or be distracted in any way. Remember to always include your favorite foods regularly into your diet. If you love chocolate, allow yourself one small chocolate square after dinner. Or, if you love pizza have it one night a week. By not following a super restrictive diet and you allow yourself to indulge every once in a while you are less likely to turn to food for emotional reasons.

Overcoming emotional eating isn’t easy.  You have to commit to dealing with your feelings and not using food to comfort you. Expect some setbacks, don’t let them deter your progress. As you develop new habits, you will no longer reach for food when you become overwhelmed or stressed. In addition health coaching can help you overcome these obsticles with added support.

How to Strengthen Your Immune System

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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)