Acupuncture, Herbs, Bodywork and More

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) developed over thousands of years as a truly holistic approach to medicine. We like to say “Treat the person, not the disease.” Health care based in TCM evaluates your overall health, monitors your response to treatments, and continually customizes your treatment accordingly. Traditional Chinese Medicine can be effective in treating a wide range of illnesses as listed by the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization.

We have many treatment methods at our disposal to bring you back to your natural state of well-being:

Acupuncture can be performed with or without needles. We use only fine, disposable sterile needles. Although we like you to feel a sensation of “Qi” or energy in response to the needling, most people find the feeling comfortable, and even relaxing. But we also have alternatives; points can be stimulated by laser, gentle electrical currents, or even finger pressure.

Herbology is highly evolved in Chinese medicine, and is a powerful tool appropriate for many conditions. In China, the focus of TCM is actually on the use of herbs. Herbal formulas can be used to support other treatments you receive, such as acupuncture, or can be used alone. We also carry a few select lines of professional grade vitamins and nutritional supplements.

Moxibustion, or moxa for short, is a form of heat therapy, traditionally using the dried, packed leaves of the mugwort plant. (Today we also have a smokeless charcoal version, and might even substitute a heat lamp!) It is used for conditions with signs of cold or stagnanation. Applications include certain kinds of joint pain, fatigue and deficiency, digestive disorders, menstrual cramps, irregular periods, and infertility.

For muscular and skeletal issues, other treatments may be appropriate including Tuina (“twee-nah”), a Chinese form of bodywork developed over thousands of years. (A pediatric form of tuina is sometimes the treatment of choice for children with digestive or respiratory problems, and for preventative health care.) We also employ some unique tools and techniques including cupping (a method combining pressure and vacuum against the skin) and gua sha in which a special tool is used to stroke and stimulate the skin and underlying tissues.

You can get more information about these techniques, Ponder Natural Health, and Oriental Medicine on our FAQ page.


80 Piedra Road, Suite 206, Pagosa Springs, CO
(Upstairs in the Rio Grande Savings & Loan building)
Call: 970-731-0037

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Office Hours

by Appointment
Weekday Afternoons
1:00 – 5:00

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Feel free to contact us to learn more about how Ponder Natural Health can help you regain and maintain the robust state of health you were meant to have.