Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Karla M. Leopold, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.

Karla earned her Master of Acupuncture degree from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2010 and is licensed in Colorado.

Karla brings additional education and experience to her practice. She has a B.S. in Human Service Counseling and a Minor in Special Education from Old Dominion University. She spent several years working in the mental health field, and she also worked as a chiropractic assistant and a massage therapist before deciding to pursue her career in acupuncture and oriental medicine.

Karla’s training includes adjunctive therapies such as Muscle Channel Technique, tui na (Chinese form of massage), trigger point therapy, trigger point injections, moxabustion, cupping, auriculotherapy, and dietary and lifestyle recommendations.


What is Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine?

Acupuncture is part of an ancient Oriental, or East Asian, form of medicine. A common branch of this is known as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Acupuncture and TCM have been around for thousands of years and have anecdotally proven their effectiveness in treating a myriad of conditions. In recent decades, more in-depth studies have been done, especially on acupuncture, as this form of natural healing becomes increasingly popular in the West.

Traditional Chinese medicine is a complete health care system that includes acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Oriental bodywork (massage) therapy (Tui Na) and cupping.

How does it work?

Based upon Chinese theory, TCM works to enhance the body’s natural sense of balance, This may be through stimulating the body’s own healing mechanism with acupuncture or tui na, by nourishing the body with proper dietary therapy, or by supplementing what the body needs through herbs.

In the West, where much value is placed upon quantitative research, studies have documented acupuncture's effectiveness, but they have not been able to fully explain how acupuncture works within the framework of the Western system of medicine.

It is possbile that acupuncture helps to regulate the nervous system, which can reduce pain. It is also possible that acupuncture helps to produce those “feel-good” biochemicals (endorphins) and enhance the body’s immune system. It is documented that acupuncture treatments are known to relax and soothe, and it is not unusual to fall asleep in a treatment, or to walk out and feel happy and relaxed.

What will it treat?

TCM is recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective in treating these conditions:

  • Adictions
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma & Bronchitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Common Cold
  • Constipatin & Diarrhea
  • Dental Pain
  • Depression
  • Digestive Problems
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Dysentery
  • Emotional Problems
  • Eye Problems
  • Facial Tics/Bells' Palsy
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Incontinence
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Low Back Pain
  • Menopausal Symptoms
  • Menstrual Irregularities/PMS
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Pain Management
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Medicine
  • Urinary Tract Infection
  • Trygeminal Neuralgia

Also, Traditional Chinese Medicine has shown to be effective in the treatment for:

  • Acne
  • ADHD/Attention Deficit
  • Back Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Diabetes
  • Hay Fever
  • Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
  • Impotence
  • Quit Smoking
  • Prostatitis
  • Skin Conditions
  • Stomach Flu
  • Tendonitis
  • Tinnitus
  • Ulcers
  • Urinary Frequency/incontinence
  • Weight Loss
  • Whiplash


Thank you for your referrals.

When you refer a patient for an acupuncture treatment You receive 15% off of your next visit.

"My body has been put through the ringer playing rugby for the USA. Recently I hurt my back badly and was not able to return to play right away, with the help and expertise of Karla Leopold I was able to start training again and am now back on the pitch as good as new."

"I have had acupuncture many places and this is as good as it gets. They treated my hand pain after an amputation. Don't know what I would do without them. Professional and a very good setting."


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