Fort Collins Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China over 4,000 year ago and is still used as a primary health care system around the world. By balancing, building and circulating the body’s life force energy, known as Qi (Chee), acupuncture is able to correct physical, emotional and psychosomatic stress-related disorders caused by imbalances in the body’s natural rhythm. It generates optimal health and wellness by stimulating the body’s own resources to work in harmony.


The Basis of Treatment through Acupuncture

Traditional Oriental Medicine is based on the premise that many aches, pains, and other discomforts are manifestations of other underlying health problems. Therefore, instead of developing a one-sided picture based only on symptoms, the uniqueness of each individual is considered- the interaction of body, mind spirit and heart. This broader approach is the foundation for each treatment.

How Acupuncture works?

By locating specific meridians or energy pathways, and inserting thin sterilized disposable needles on specific points along those pathways, blockages are dispersed and natural immune responses are mobilized. Other therapies such as Acutonics, Harmonic Medicine, herbal and dietary consultation, massage, and CranioSacral therapy are often used to compliment acupuncture thus enhancing the treatment.

What does Acupuncture Treat?

For thousands of years, acupuncture has been found beneficial in treating acute and chronic disorders such as pain, musculoskeletal problems, digestive disturbances, gynecological issues, menopause, male disorders, headaches, respiratory problems, arthritis, emotional disorders, stress, sleep disturbances, low energy, colds, flu just to name a few.

Currently the NIH (National Institute of Health) and WHO (World Health Organization) have determined that acupuncture is effective in treating many disease categories, both acute and chronic, from Allergies and Carpal Tunnel, to Cataracts, Fatigue and Heart Disease to Infertility, Obesity and Strokes, Lower Back Pain. Post Operative Pain and Nausea, just to name a few. For a more complete list click here.

Most importantly, acupuncture is a preventive medicine that strengthens one’s system and promotes wellness and optimal health.

Since acupuncture works in harmony with other health care systems, please inform us of any other form of treatment you’re using, or any medications you take. By using a cooperative approach, we hope that you’ll receive the maximum benefit from all sources.

Compatibility with other forms of Health Care


pulse-diagnosisContemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

Susan B. Goldstone, L.Ac, spent over 10 years studying with Leon Hammer, MD, and teaching Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis, a very precise and thorough approach to Oriental medical diagnosis. She uses this technique in her Fort Collins Acupuncture practice.

Dr. Leon Hammer, Susan’s honorable teacher, acknowledged her in his book, Chinese Pulse diagnosis: A Contemporary Approach:

“Susan Goldstone has embraced this work with passion and intelligence.”

electronic-stimulationElectric Stimulation

Electric Stimulation, a very low level current, can be applied to a needle or the skin to treat muscle spasms, pain or to enhance point stimulation thus accelerating the natural healing process of the body.

far-infrared-heating-lampFar Infrared Heating Lamp

The Far Infrared Lamp is a medical device that has clinical evidence confirming that it can reduce inflammation, calm pain, and improve micro-circulation, and balance metabolism. Evidence was gathered substantiating the Far Infrared Lamp use promoted cell growth, reproduction, and repair, concurrently with promotion of specific enzyme activity levels and immune function. The premise of the lamp is that the far infrared (below visible light) emissions increases microcirculation and loosens fascia to accelerate the natural healing processes of the body. The Far Infrared Lamp is a therapeutic substitute for moxabustion, and is reported to be the only mechanical device that can add Qi to the body. You are in for a real treat when you experience the Therapeutic Lamp!

auriculotheraphy3Auricular Therapy

In Chinese Medicine the ear is a map of the body. In 1957, Paul Nogier, a French Neurologist took Auricular Therapy to another level and developed an intricate system of treating medical conditions with the corresponding area on the ear with acupuncture. It has also been used for addictions such as substance and alcohol abuse in many hospitals throughout the USA.


Cupping is a method of treating disease that is caused by local congestion. A partial vacuum is created in a cupping jar, usually by means of heat, which is then applied directly to the skin. The underlying tissue is drawn up into the jar forming a raised area which usually turns a reddish color.

Cupping is generally indicated in the treatment of arthritic pain, abdominal pain, stomach ache, indigestion, headache, hypertension, common cold, cough, low back pain, painful menstruation, insect and poisonous snake bite.


Moxa is an aromatic Chinese herb (mugwort) that acupuncturists apply to special needles and burn. The warmth from this technique travels down the needle to the acupuncture point, creating a pleasant sensation along the meridian.


This is best experienced, not described. Susan brings 14 years of counseling experience to her Fort Collins Acupuncture and Oriental Medical Practice.

During and After Your Treatment

The time you spend with your acupuncturist has been set aside solely for you-relax and allow the healing process to work. Feel free to ask questions or voice any concerns that might arise during your treatment. Anything you offer or ask will be treated confidentially.

Your treatment isn’t over when the needles are removed. Through acupuncture, positive change has begun, and you need to make every effort to ensure that the pattern of change is fostered. If possible, take time to relax after your treatment. But most importantly-take an active role in your health care. Your practitioner will be happy to discuss diet and lifestyle changes that benefit your specific condition.

Some patients occasionally experience an intensification of the symptoms surrounding an illness after treatment. This temporary condition-known as a healing crisis-is actually a positive sign that the body is gathering strength to remove blockages and patterns of disease to re-establish a balanced energy flow.