Acupuncture is based on the principle that health is maintained by a balanced flow of energy, or chi, throughout our bodies. It has been used in the East formore than 5,000 years, and now more and more Americans are considering acupuncture as a complement to other conventionalmedical treatments. Illness is associated with an imbalance in the flow of this energy. If you have been living with chronic or acute pain, or just desire to maintain or improve your health, you may want to try this ancient Chinese healing system.
Our clinical focus
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical studies show that acupuncture - by itself, or in combination with conventional therapies - is an effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions.We specialize in these areas of treatment:
Pain Management - headaches, migraines, musculoskeletal pain, accident recovery, post surgical recovery
Women's Health - symptoms associated with menopause, gynecological disorders
Cancer Support - side effects of treatment: nausea/vomiting, stress, fatigue, pain, neuropathy
Sports Medicine - orthopedic conditions, strengthen endurance and stamina, maximize performance potential, injury recovery
Other Conditions - anxiety/depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, allergies, weight loss
Does acupuncture hurt?
Most patients barely feel the initial insertion, and, after the needles are in place, patients may feel only a slight pressure sensation. The acupuncturist may also use other techniques during the treatment:
Moxibustion - heating acupuncture points with dried herbs to activate and warm the treatment area
Tui na massage - medical massage to restore health to muscle tissue and joints
Cupping - a partial vacuum is created by cups placed on the skin
Laser acupuncture - stimulation with a laser beam instead of a needle
What is the length of an acupuncture treatment?
Sessions can take between 45 and 60 minutes, depending on the specific condition. Benefits may emerge after only one
session or may take several sessions.
Cultures on all continents have used plants for treatment of ailments since prehistoric times. Plants synthesize substances that are useful to the maintenance of health. Our clinic only prescribes herbalmedicine and supplements that are made utilizing the FDA's current Good Manufacturing Practices. Talk to your practitioner about how herbs can help your specific condition.
Who practices at your facility
Eric Raymond Buckley is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) who is fully credentialed with CHRISTUS St. Vincent Hospital. He holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College, Santa Fe. He has received additional training at the National Hospital of Traditional Medicine, Ha Noi, Viet Nam and the Pain Clinic at the Indian Hospital in Santa Fe.