Refuge Acupuncture

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Elevate Your Healthcare
Through Acupuncture

We believe that your body has everything it needs to heal itself for long term growth- you are enough as you are.

Every patient is special and different, so every treatment is customized to your needs so you can feel comfortable and at home in your body. We use Traditional Chinese Medicine to uncover the root cause of imbalance and help to direct your energy back into smooth, flowing alignment.

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Refuge Acupuncture: Your Path to Wellness Through Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese practice of stimulating the body’s energy, or qi, to promote healing. Through the insertion of very fine needles into the skin, acupuncture influences the immune system, nervous system, tissues, glands and organs of the body. It is a minimally invasive technique with a growing body of modern research behind it to support the claims that Chinese medicine practitioners have been saying for thousands of years.

Many people experience some anxiety when it comes to acupuncture, believing that there will be pain involved with the insertion of the needles. However, correctly performed acupuncture results in little to no discomfort. Single-use needles are a standard practice, so there is no risk of contamination from another patient. At Refuge Acupuncture in Denver, CO, we are devoted to your health and comfort. Our practices are designed to make you feel completely safe and at ease before treatment even begins.

Whether you are seeking acupuncture for migraines, pain management, anxiety, sciatica, or other health concerns in the Denver area, Refuge Acupuncture welcomes you.

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A smiling woman with her legs crossed in a yoga pose

What Benefits Does Acupuncture Provide?

Acupuncture is used for a wide variety of physical and mental health complaints. Here are some common conditions that have been successfully treated with acupuncture:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Hypertension
  • Acupuncture for anxiety and depression
  • Immune support
  • Stress
  • Acupuncture for fertility
  • Acupuncture for migraines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Allergies
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • PMS and menstrual cramps
  • Chemotherapy, nausea, and vomiting

These conditions and many more can be treated through acupuncture; sciatica, chemical dependencies, skin conditions, and other common ailments included. 

While not often thought of for treating sciatica, acupuncture has demonstrated success in controlling the inflammation and injury causing sciatica pain that western medicine is also noticing. With acupuncture, sciatica pain, even sciatica due to pregnancy, can be relieved.

It is our belief at Refuge Acupuncture that by realigning your energy through our treatments, your body is free to begin healing itself. By working with the body’s natural systems through acupuncture, anxiety, sciatica, migraines, and more can be managed. We want to give our acupuncture patients in the Denver highlands area the best possible chance to get off of or stay off of pharmaceutical medications, avoid surgery, and experience a better quality of life through pain reduction. 

How Does Acupuncture Work?

In the traditional Chinese understanding of acupuncture, there are pathways flowing through your body called meridians. Your energy, life force, or qi (pronounced chee) follows along these meridians. When that energy becomes out of balance, blocked, or otherwise disrupted, illness results. By placing fine needles into specific points along these pathways, they re-direct the flow of chi, causing your energy to become re-balanced.

This properly aligned qi then allows the body to heal mentally, emotionally, and physically. That’s why with acupuncture, anxiety, migraines, pain, digestive issues, and much more can all be treated.

From a Western medical understanding, it is believed that the placement of the needles stimulates nerves and muscles, causing a painkiller effect in the body. While Western medicine still can’t really explain why acupuncture works, extensive studies have demonstrated its effectiveness for many conditions, especially for pain relief, and is generally regarded as safe.

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A refuge acupuncturist placing pins on a patient's earlobe

Refuge: Your Preferred Choice for
Acupuncture in Lower Highlands, Denver

Refuge Acupuncture in Denver holds light for healing that ignites personal transformation. Elevate your healthcare through acupuncture and herbs in a private, warm, and safe environment with our healers who have 35 years in practice.

We believe that your body has everything it needs to heal itself for long term growth – you are enough as you are. Every patient is special and different, so every treatment is customized to your needs so you can feel comfortable and at home in your body. We use the Traditional Chinese Medicine tools of acupuncture and herbal medicine to uncover the root cause of imbalance and help to direct your energy back into smooth, flowing alignment.

Refuge Acupuncture’s licensed acupuncturists are experienced in therapy for all different types of conditions. We have a special interest in acupuncture for anxiety and mental health, acupuncture for migraines, and acupuncture for digestive health. We serve the Denver, CO area, bringing hope and wellness to our patients.

Acupuncture Services

In addition to your acupuncture therapy, your licensed acupuncturist may also recommend and perform these related services that are included as part of your treatment.

Gua Sha Facial

Gua Sha is a treatment that involves scraping a flat massage tool across the skin to promote circulation and activate stuck or stagnant energy. It stimulates the soft tissues of your skin and reduces inflammation, relaxes muscles, and improves tissue drainage. This specialized type of massage may be recommended by your acupuncturist if they feel it is right for your specific conditions.

Gua Sha is often performed alongside acupuncture for anxiety, chronic pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, insomnia, and migraines among other complaints. Facial Gua Sha is associated with tighter, smoother skin, reduction of fine lines, puffiness and wrinkles, and generally clearer skin. The massage techniques used on the face are gentle and do not leave behind any redness.

A flat stone being scraped against a patient's face during a gua sha facial.
A patient with seven seven glass cups placed on her back.

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy is a unique treatment that uses negative pressure to address a wide array of health issues. Cupping pulls tissue instead of compressing it (as you experience in massage) using glass, silicone, bamboo or earthenware cups. Traditionally, a flammable substance is burned in the cups, then the warm cups are inverted and placed on the back. The cooling cup creates a vacuum, pulling the skin and tissue away from the body. Modern therapies employ a rubber pump to create the negative pressure instead of heat.

Cupping therapy is a powerful way to treat stubborn conditions as it stimulates the lymphatic system in a way that other therapies cannot. This makes it an excellent method for toxin removal. Cupping is frequently used in combination with acupuncture for migraines, anxiety and depression, to treat inflammation, arthritis, skin problems, high blood pressure, allergies, and varicose veins.


Moxibustion is a practice performed by acupuncturists to amplify the flow of qi and blood. In a moxibustion treatment, a cone or stick made of the herb mugwort, called a moxa, is burned close to specific meridians or acupuncture points. Mugwort, with its distinct, pungent odor, permeates and stimulates the meridians.

Expectant mothers in or near Denver may be interested in moxibustion at Refuge Acupuncture as it has been used to turn breech babies head-down. Moxibustion improves blood circulation in the pelvic region has long been an effective treatment for women experiencing heavy bleeding and cramps during menstruation.

The meridian-warming effects of moxibustion can also be used to improve blood circulation and strengthen the immune system. Moxibustion is regularly used with acupuncture for migraines, to treat various digestive disorders, chronic pain, high blood pressure, and chemotherapy related nausea. 

Four sticks of herbs placed on the back of a patient during moxibustion treatment

Your Acupuncture Investment

Your investment at Refuge is simple to understand and inclusive of all modalities (e.g. cupping, moxibustion,
gua sha) needed to heal the whole human.

First time patient intake
and treatment


Follow up acupuncture


Inquire with us for packages and subscriptions.

We recommend adding on an Herb Consultation for your Chinese Traditional Medicine customized herbal blend(s) for $70. We also perform facial acupuncture. Learn more about how you can experience rejuvenation and enhance your natural beauty with facial acupuncture here

Your First Treatment

No matter why you’re seeking acupuncture in the Denver highlands area, Refuge is here for you. Whether you need acupuncture for fertility, acupuncture for sciatica, migraines, or other chronic pain, our licensed practitioners can guide you. For sufferers of any number of physical or mental complaints including depression and anxiety, acupuncture at Refuge offers hope.

Refuge Acupuncture looks forward to being part of your healing through acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment. Refuge is ready to help you move forward into a healthier, more productive life. Let us help you feel heavenly.

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Self-care Summer Subscription

  • Weekly acupuncture, including gua sha, cupping, ear seeds
  • One month supply of herbs customized to your needs from Mab & Stoke
  • Invitations to community events

Available All Summer

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