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So how does acupuncture work?

This is the first question I get when I tell someone I'm an Acupuncturist and BOY is it a loaded question but I'm going to try to answer it.

First things first. Acupuncture is one part of a branch of medicine called Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is based on the idea that any illness or disease is the direct result of an imbalance of yin & yang in the body.


Well... good thing for you, understanding how it works is not a requirement for TCM to work its "magic" (which by the way, it's not magic ✨). That's what I'm here for.

TCM focuses on finding harmony and restoring balance in the body. It views the body as an ecosystem, and like any ecosystem, when something is out of balance in one area, this will affect the entire ecosystem (or body). My job is to find what is out of balance by finding the root cause of your symptoms rather than simply masking the symptom. Instead of giving you a "magic" remedy for anxiety or insomnia or migraines... I'm going to work to find the WHY behind your symptoms.

There is no one "magic" point or one "magic" herb for any symptom, we work to find the perfect combination for YOU, because you are a unique individual and the way in which your ecosystem works is not the same in which your moms or friends ecosystem works.

On a physiological level, acupuncture improves blood flow & circulation in the body through the insertion of (tiny, single use) acupuncture needles. This causes the body to release chemicals that communicate with the hypothalamus and brain, which are responsible for all hormonal activity in the body. Hormones are essential for all bodily functions!

If you're ready to address the WHY behind your symptoms with acupuncture and herbal medicine, email me or schedule from my website.


To learn more about my offerings and to schedule with me, visit my website!


Sophia is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist in Denver, Colorado. Her practice, Arnesen Acupuncture & Holistic Medicine is conveniently located at I-25 and Evans in South Denver. She is nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as well as Clean Needle Technique and CPR/First Aid certified. She received her Master's of science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from CSTCM in Denver. She has a passion for providing complementary and integrative treatment options for her patients in any stage of their lives. She has a special interest in the treatment of women's health, including menstrual irregularities, optimizing fertility, painful menses, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea, etc. She also finds passion in treating anxiety, stress, digestion, insomnia and optimizing immunity. She believes wholeheartedly in showing patients that they have alternative options with fewer side effects compared to traditional western medicine with the use of traditional Chinese medicine which includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping and more.

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