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Acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping and more.
Right here, near you in Longmont, CO.


Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medical practice that works with the meridians in the body. There are various points along these meridians and when they are activated, a restored sense of balance can be achieved. This happens by optimizing blood and "qi" or energy flow along the meridian pathways. Usually, these points are accessed by inserting very thin, sterile needles into precise locations on the body. Your provider will determine what points you will most benefit from, after a comprehensive intake and evaluation. 


Moxibustion or "moxa" has been used for centuries to stimulate blood and "qi" flow in the body. It involves burning dried mugwort near specific acupuncture points at the surface of the skin. The herb can be used in many different forms, such as in cone, stick or loose. The heat generated by moxibustion penetrates deep into the body, providing various therapeutic effects such as boosting the immune system, relieving pain and improving digestion. Patients love the soothing and quick relief that moxa can provide. 

Herbal medicine

Herbal medicine utilizes various medicinal plants, herbs and natural substances to promote health and treat aliments. TCM herbal medicine focuses on restoring balance and harmony within the body. 

Herbal formulas are a combination of very specific herbs carefully and selected and tailored to an individual's condition. Herbs are prepared as decoctions, powders, pills or capsules. Herbal formulas are often used to treat digestive disorders, respiratory issues, hormonal imbalances and more. 


Cupping is a therapeutic TCM technique that involves placing glass or silicone cups on the skin to create suction. With "fire cupping", a flame is introduced into the glass cup to create a vacuum before placing it on to the treatment area. Cupping can also be done manually with a device to draw air out of the silicone cup. Cupping is used to promote blood flow, relieve muscle tension and reduce pain. Most people find cupping very enjoyable and love having it done!


Tuina is a form of Chinese bodywork that works with specific acupuncture points. It involves various hand techniques such as kneading, pressing, rubbing etc to points determined by your provider. Tuina reduces muscle tension and pain, improves circulation and can address a range of musculoskeletal and internal conditions. Tuina is often combined with an acupuncture treatment. 


Electro-acupunture or "e-stim"is a form of acupuncture that incorporates the use of electrical stimulation. It involves attaching electric current to acupuncture needles after the needles have been placed. During an e-stim session, a gentle pulsing sensation will be felt. This stimulation can be adjusted in terms of frequency, intensity and duration based on the treatment goal. E-stim can enhance the acupuncture effects. It can promote circulation, stimulate nerve activity and increase the release of endorphins, enhancing pain relief. 

E-stim is commonly used for pain management, neurological conditions, muscle rehab and certain internal health issues to be a valuable addition to your treatment. 


  1. What does TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) treat? TCM encompasses many modalities to treat a patient. These include acupuncture, qigong, tuina, herbal medicine and more. Acupuncture is the most popular in the US. Most people seek out acupuncture for pain management. Acupuncture has been shown to have a significant effect on all types of pain including migraines and headaches, low back pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, neuropathy, tendonitis and more. What a lot of people do not know is that TCM can also effectively treat infertility, woman's health, digestive issues, nausea, insomnia, seasonal allergies, and brain fog. TCM is also used to help manage stress, boost the immune system, regulate the nervous system and relieve depression and anxiety symptoms. If you are interested in evidence based information/ studies, please contact

  2. Does Acupuncture hurt? ​​Not usually. The needles used are very tiny, often compared to the size of a human hair. Some points are a little more "spicy" than others. Some points, you will not feel at all. After the needle is placed, your provider will activate the point or  "catch qi". During this, you may feel a deep ache, heaviness, tingles, or a sensation at a location that is no where near the needle. All of this is normal. After the needles are placed, and "qi" is found in all needles, your provider will let you rest for 20-30 mins. During this time, take deep breaths, use this time for meditation or even a nap. Most people find acupuncture incredibly relaxing. Communication and feedback with your provider is always welcome at Kōena. You will be given a call button during your treatment so you have access to your provider from start to finish. 

  3. What do I wear? There are acupuncture points all over the body. Wear something loose and comfortable. The most common acupuncture points used are from the elbows to fingers and knees to toes. If your provider needs access to points covered by your clothes, a gown will be provided. Keep in mind that you are in charge during your treatment. If you are tense and do not feel comfortable, the treatment will not be as effective. Your provider will make sure you are comfortable with positioning, clothing and touch from beginning to end.  

  4. How long does a treatment last? Your initial treatment will involve a comprehensive intake and questioning. During this time, your provider will get a deep look into your health history and current presentation, in attempt to get down to the root cause of your symptoms. Because of this extensive intake, the initial appointment will take 60-80mins. Follow up treatments are around 45-60 mins.

  5. What are the side effects? During your treatment, you should feel very relaxed. Most people describe being in a meditative or  "twilight" state. Don't worry, you will not hurt anything or mess up the needles by relaxing. Relaxing will allow for the free flow of "qi" and let the treatment really set in. When the needles are removed, some points may bleed or cause bruising, especially in areas of intense stagnation. This is rare. You may feel like a needle is still in place, although it has been removed. This is normal and a welcome response. Some people may feel light headed or "the acu-buzz" right after treatment. It is very important to hydrate before and after treatments. Eating something before treatment, even something small, will help to avoid light headedness. Acupuncture treatments move blood and energy and everyone responds different to this movement. Feeling like you want to go home and take a nap is very common, although some people report that it's like taking a power nap and gives a nice boost.  * if cupping or guasha is needed, you may have red or purple marks where the treatment was done. 

  6. When will I notice results? Some people notice results on the treatment table. Some notice results in a few days following treatment. When treating pain, occasionally the pain may increase slightly the day of the treatment, as more energy is put into an area. Usually, the pain will substantially subside in the following days. 

  7. How many treatments will I need? This answer is very individualized. When treating acute issues, sometimes a patient will only need one or two treatments, where as chronic issues may take quite a bit longer. Here at Kōena, we will never ask you to commit to a set number of treatments or require a large payment for months worth of treatments. You are an individual and your healthcare will always been customized to YOU and your unique situation. We will reevaluate your condition with each treatment and alter our plan accordingly. 

  8. Does Kōena charge extra for moxibustion, cupping or e-stim? ​​Never. If moxa, cupping and/or estim are necessary for you treatment, it will be included in the treatment price. Our providers may also use light therapy during acupuncture treatments at no extra charge. We firmly believe in simply getting people feeling better and will never charge extra for necessary adjuncts of an acupuncture treatment. The only additional charges during your acupuncture experience will be an OPTIONAL $20-$25 if you choose to take home an herbal formula or for any injections you may want to try, such as Traumeel for pain ($45) or B12 for an energy boost ($20). We take pride in being an ethical small business and will always be transparent and open with our pricing. We believe healing is for all. So if cost is an issue, please reach out to Hannah, our business manager, at and we will do our best to work with you as we are able, by discussing payment plans. 

  9. I don't want to be needled. Are there options to still benefit from TCM without needles?  Absolutely. TCM is designed to meet a patient where they are. If you are needle sensitive, or simply do not feel comfortable with needles, your provider will look at a variety of options for your treatment. Some options are acupressure, tuina, cupping, moxibustion, light therapy and/ or herbal formulas.

  10. I've had dry needling with my PT. That's the same thing as acupuncture, right? No! Although dry needling and acupuncture share some similarities, they differ greatly in their origins, techniques, and educational backgrounds. Dry needling is a technique primarily focused on treating specific musculoskeletal conditions. Acupuncturists call this "trigger point" therapy.  Acupuncture addresses a broader range of health conditions by taking into consideration the overall health and well-being of an individual, aiming to address the root cause and origin of imbalance. Not only on a physical but internal level. Acupuncturists undergo over 1000 supervised clinical hours, obtain a masters degree to practice and are required to complete continuing education to stay licensed. Dry needling requires a 46-72 hour course to practice, with no ongoing educational requirements. 

  11. How much does an acupuncture treatment cost at Kōena? 

    1. Initial Treatment- $100​

    2. Follow up Treatments- $90

    3. Auricular only- $25

    4. Buy 5 get one free- $450

  12. I'm ready to book, how do I do that? We have made booking easy! Simply call our office at 303-834-8376, or access our ONLINE booking site by clicking here:

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