This Article was written by one of the amazing practitioners from Harmony Healing Cherry Creek, Olga Orraca. She is talented, intuitive, knowledgeable and her treatments are incredible. If you haven't received a treatment from her yet, make sure you contact her and set up an appointment!
What is Acupuncture and is it for you?
Acupuncture is a holistic health technique that stems from Traditional Chinese Medicine practices in which trained practitioners stimulate specific points on the body by inserting thin needles into the skin.
Today acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West. TCM is a complimentary health approach that first originated in ancient China more than 2,500 years ago and has been evolving ever since.
To treat a wide variety of diseases, pain and stress-related symptoms, practitioners of TCM use holistic techniques that include acupuncture, herbal medicines, tai chi, qi gong, massage therapy, and various “mind and body practices.”
The first question most people ask me is, “Does acupuncture hurt?” Surprisingly, although needles are used in acupuncture, treatments are relatively pain-free. In fact, one of the most popular uses of acupuncture is to reduce chronic pain throughout the body in a natural way, without the need for medications that can cause unwanted side effects.
What Is Acupuncture Able to Treat?
Currently, acupuncture is used to treat conditions like:
- muscle spasms and pain
- chronic back problems and pain
- headaches, including reducing the frequency and intensity of migraines
- neck pain
- knee pain
- digestive problems
- mood, depression
Olga O. Orraca, Dipl. OM, L. Ac.
Olga graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MS.TCM) from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM) in Denver. She is nationally certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, and is a licensed acupuncturist. During school Olga had an amazing opportunity to study under her mentor and friend Kathryn R. Kummer, L.Ac, Dipl. OM, who taught Olga how to excel with treatments using electroacupuncture, dietary and lifestyle recommendations. She is professionally trained in the arts of Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion and is a skilled herbalist. Olga specializes in gynecology and geriatric medicine; she has extended knowledge and expertise in taking care of women and elderly health issues using natural and effective healing approaches including acupuncture, herbal medicine, moxibustion and nutrition.