Why Consult an Acupuncturist?
There are many reasons why you might want to consult
an acupuncturist. First of all, acupuncture is a safe and
effective healing practice. It is completely drug free and
has very few side effects. It can be used as a treatment
for general stress relief or can be used in combination
with other therapies. For instance, chemotherapy patients,
pregnant women and recovering addicts often find that acupuncture
helps relieve the side effects of nausea and heavy drug
treatments. Acupuncture is also highly effective in relieving
the symptoms of allergies, arthritis, asthma, chronic fatigue
syndrome, chronic pain, digestive problems/irritable bowel
syndrome, lower back pain, migraines, PMS/menstrual problems,
What to expect in our office
If you're new to acupuncture, your first visit may seem
strange. Of course I will take a thorough medical history,
but I will also check your pulse, examine your tongue, and
palpate (feel) certain areas of your body. The difference
from other acupuncture offices is that I will also make
an auricular diagnosis by examining your ear. I will then
decide whether you need acupuncture, acupressure, moxibustion,
auriculo-therapy, TCM massage, cupping, electrostimulation,
herbal remedies or some combination of treatment methods
to aid your recovery. On a typical visit, I only insert
a few points at a time, and softly manipulate them in the
correct way for your treatment. While the points can feel
uncomfortable at times, they rarely hurt. They are very
thin (only about three times the thickness of a human hair
and much finer than the hypodermic points used to give injections)
and are designed to enter the skin with little resistance.
Once the points are inserted, I may twist them manually
or send a weak electrical current through them to increase
the energy flow. They may be left in for 15 to 40 minutes,
depending on the ailment. Sometimes I also use moxibustion,
which involves burning herbs, including the herb moxa, near
acupoints, to hasten healing. Different people experience
different sensations from acupuncture. Some describe a tingling
pins-and-points feeling, others may feel numbness or nothing
at all. Most find the sessions relaxing, and many fall asleep
during or immediately after treatment. Acupuncture should
be painless. If it isn't, speak up! You should always feel
comfortable enough with me to let me know when you might
be experiencing pain. In general, visits occur once or twice
a week. Some patients notice rapid improvement after just
a few sessions. In those whose conditions have taken years
to develop, treatment may take longer.
Why Choose Auricular Therapy?
Auricular therapy has several advantages. First, auricular
manipulation is simple and safe and there are no side effects.
In many cases, only a simple tool is required for applying
pressure to points in the ear. Second, clinical practice
has proved its effectiveness for more than 200 diseases
and conditions. It is especially effective for pain control,
insomnia, small gall stones, obesity, asthma, allergies,
irregular menstruation, gastritis, anorexia, quitting smoking,
etc. Third, and most important, the results of auricular
therapy are obvious and rapid, "in many cases following
treatment as surely as a shadow cast by a stick raised in
What to Expect at Your Appointment
At your first visit, I will take a thorough medical history.
I will check your pulse, examine your tongue, palpate certain
areas of your body, and finally make an auricular diagnosis
by examining the ear. You will receive the first treatment
at this time. Auricular treatment begins with gentle electric
stimulation followed by taping small seeds to special points
in the ear. Your responsibility after the appointment is
to press on each seed 2-3 times per day for 3-6 days. For
most conditions, you should schedule appointments once or
twice per week for a couple of months until therapeutic
results are achieved.
About Hui Zhang, L.Ac.
Hui received his Bachelor of Science in
Medicine from the Beijing College of Acupuncture-Moxibustion
& Orthopedics-Traumatology in 1992, where he received training
in acupuncture and in the recommendation of adjunctive therapies
and herbs as defined by traditional Chinese medicine concepts.
He worked at the Institute of Orthopedics & Traumatology
at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine through
1998, participating in research, treatment in orthopedics and
the orthopedic emergency service. This background provided extensive
experience with accident and sports injuries, pain control,
and post-fracture rehabilitation.
Hui moved to Boulder in 1998 and received his diplomate in Acupuncture
in 1999 and in Chinese herbology in 2000. In 1998, he became
a partner in Hands for Health, which is now Boulder Valley Acupuncture.
Hui offers A Unique Combination of Therapies to Provide You
with Optimal Care.
What more of our clients are saying:
My mother was suffering from diarrhea for three months without
relief. She was subjected to numerous unpleasant tests by her
doctor of Western medicine. Then she saw Dr. Zhang three times
in a period of ten days. Her problem disappeared and has never
returned.- David Greene
Frequently Asked Questions About
Our Affordable Alternative Program
do you define 'low income'?
Having Medicaid or Medicare insurance will be considered as
proof of low income. We also accept referrals from places such
as People's Clinic, Boulder Valley Women's Health Center, and
2. How do Sliding Scale Sundays work?
We do not verify income. Pay what you can (minimum $25) after
you receive your acupuncture treatment.
3. Do I get the same kind of care
as people who pay regular rates?