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Today more Americans are using complementary and alternative care to help manage or prevent many health conditions. Many adopt them as part of their cultural and personal beliefs and to promote a greater sense of emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.
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Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used for centuries to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is a practice based in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), designed to regulate the flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture can help prevent illness, treat health problems, and promote overall balance and well-being.

TCM is a system of healing that is based on the belief that a type of life force or energy known as chi (pronounced "chee") flows through channels in the body called meridians. Each meridian connects to an organ or group of organs that governs particular bodily functions. The chi depends on a balance of the two opposing energies of yin (negative) and yang (positive). Illness results when too little or too much chi exists in a meridian, or when the chi stagnates or is blocked. Stimulating certain points with fine needles can balance and restore the flow of chi.

Western researchers have found that acupuncture points correspond to points on the skin that have less electrical resistance than other skin areas. There is some evidence that stimulation of the skin can affect internal organs by means of nerve reflex pathways. One theory is that acupuncture stimulates the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Another theory is that it stimulates the pituitary gland, which in turns stimulates the adrenal gland to release anti-inflammatory chemicals.

Do you have more questions about what can be treated with acupuncture?  Watch our webinar to learn more. PLEASE NOTE: this webinar refers to a video clip during the presentation. Click here to view the video.

What to expect at your acupuncture session
At your first session, your acupuncture provider will spend time discussing your medical history, nutritional habits, lifestyle, and other environmental factors. Your initial visit will last approximately one hour. Most follow-up visits last about 30 minutes.

During your session, you will lie on a padded table. Your practitioner will insert very thin needles into specific points on your body. All acupuncture needles are sterile. The needles may cause pressure or a mild tingling sensation, but they usually don't hurt. Sometimes you won't feel them at all.

Most acupuncture sessions will last for half an hour, but your first session will be an hour long so you can talk to your acupuncture provider about your health history and lifestyle. Your acupuncture practitioner will design a treatment plan for you.

 

How to schedule an appointment

To make an appointment, please call the Kaiser Permanente Center for Complementary Medicine nearest you. The Kaiser Permanente Center for Complementary Medicine is open to everyone. You do not have to be a Kaiser Permanente member to come to our facilities and receive chiropractic, acupuncture, or massage treatment. Whether you are a member or nonmember, you will receive the same high-quality care.

Highlands Ranch 720-348-4752
Lakewood 303-239-7224
Midtown 303-764-8500
Smoky Hill 303-699-3670
Westminster 303-457-6260

Our hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 5:30 p.m. Our Lakewood, Midtown, and Westminster Medical Offices are also open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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Unless your coverage includes a separate rider for chiropractic and/or acupuncture benefits, the products and services described here are provided on a fee-for-service basis, separate from and not covered under your health plan benefits, and you are financially responsible to pay for them. Clinical services are provided by providers or contractors of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado, or employees of either Health Plan or Colorado Permanente Medical Group, P.C. Results of services vary among patients and cannot be guaranteed. For specific information about your health plan benefits, please see your Evidence of Coverage. Photos of models shown, not actual patients.

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