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NUW Acupuncture

acupuncture cartoonNaturally Unbridled Wellness Holistic Therapies Center welcomes Certified Acupuncturist Dan DeForest to our team of practitioners.  Dan has practiced acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 20 years.

Did you know you have an inner energy network that courses through your body via acupuncture meridians?  These meridians carry energy and information throughout the body like an energetic river.  Blockages in the flow of energy result in dis-ease which may manifest as pain, fatigue, congestion, digestive disorders, sleep issues, infertility, headaches, and countless other symptoms.  Acupuncture aids in opening and redirecting communication and energy flow to restore balance in your body.  Although simple, “treat the part that hurts” acupuncture may be helpful, more often than not there are underlying imbalances which may be fundamental to the symptom(s) you feel.  These kinds of scenarios require a deeper understanding of meridian Qi (energy) imbalances, calling for treatment protocols of a more systemic nature.  Many acupuncture practitioners refer to this as constitutional acupuncture, which is guided by the tenets of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  For over 2,000 years, people and animals have been receiving the benefits of acupuncture.  We are excited to offer it to you too!

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The body and its energy fields (qi and meridians) also function as a communication web which can be referred to as a “living matrix”. Any and all things happening in the body or its energy fields are immediately communicated to the rest of the body. The living matrix has been described as simultaneously a mechanical, vibrational, energetic, electronic, and informational network.

The body also gives early warning signals. These signals are often ignored or not recognized. The most common early warning signal is pain. Headaches, joint pain, stomach or intestinal pain, muscle pain, low back, neck, or spinal pain. Pains are obvious, like scrambled information coming up on your computer screen. If the pain is not chronic, a pain pill may do the trick. But if the pain persists after the pill wears off, a deeper imbalance may exist, and the pill is only temporarily killing the signal.

Sometimes signals come in the form of dysfunction, or altered function. Things aren’t working right, but we may have no pain. Lack of coordination, light headedness, constipation or diarrhea, tiredness, fatigue, altered sleep patterns, sinus or bronchial congestion. We may not pay attention to these signals, or choose to cover them up, but they are still signals.

Another signal, which is very subtle, is an alteration in how you feel. Not “feel” in terms of pain or altered function, but in a less definable way, such as, “Something feels off, but I can’t pinpoint it.” This kind of signal is more aligned with our intuition and energy systems. For millennia, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been acknowledging these signals, treating the obvious and underlying imbalances. Body and energy field imbalances need to be recognized as signals. Some scream at us, some tap our shoulders, some whisper in our ears.

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What to Expect

Your first appointment with Dan will be longer than the rest so that he has time to review your paperwork (you will receive electronic copies to complete prior to your appointment). At your initial consultation, Dan will go over your questionnaire and any problems you want to address. You may be asked a variety of questions, some related to what you came in for, some seemingly not related at all. Once your general history and present concerns have been noted, your acupuncture meridians will be evaluated. Any imbalances will be discussed with you, as well as possible relationships between the imbalances and your primary complaint(s).  You may be asked to wear a (hospital type) gown to provide Dan with access to meridians and points.  Once the needles are in, you will be warm and cozy with blankets, music, and aromatherapy.

Most people find the acupuncture experience very relaxing. Even those who “don’t like needles” find that acupuncture is completely different from what they expected –  relaxing, painless, comfortable. Treatments generally last 20 to 30 minutes, which goes very quickly when you’re warm and at ease, listening to relaxing music. For those who come in with substantial pain, a comfortable position can usually be found for treatment purposes. When appropriate, suggestions for lifestyle changes may be offered to help with the condition.

Changes in symptom pattern(s) may be noticed immediately, or may take a number of days or weeks to change. In cases involving more severe degeneration or injury treatments may course over a period of months, gradually being pulled out as the symptom picture improves.

NEEDLE-LESS OPTION: For infants and children, Dan is able to stimulate the acupuncture points using light and sound therapy.  The little ones respond well to this type of gentle therapy.

Variables which may have a direct influence on your healing may include age, general physical condition, how long you’ve had the condition, how severe the condition is, how healthy you are, and, in some cases, a willingness to do your part to speed up improvement or recovery time.

Once improvements begin, the treatment schedule will gradually be modified to suit your particular needs.


  • Acupuncture does not interact with drugs.
  • One-fourth of the human population has used acupuncture.
  • Acupuncture is relaxing.
  • It can be used as a primary or supportive therapy.
  • Anyone of any age can receive acupuncture treatments.
  • People like it. Animals like it. The whole world likes it. You’ll like it, too!

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Cupping and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine may also be part of your appointment.

Cupping and other forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine may also be part of your appointment.



Conditions Treated

Acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years, and is now a highly respected and sought after treatment being used world-wide. With such a long and rich history and its world-wide use, it’s only natural that acupuncture has been involved in primary and supportive health care roles involving most health care issues.

The abbreviated list below spotlights the many conditions that acupuncture has been involved with over the millennia. Acupuncture may also be helpful with conditions for which no cause can be found.

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Acid Reflux
  • Addictions
  • Allergies
  • Ankle Pain
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis Pain
  • Asthma
  • Balancing Treatments
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Breech Pregnancies
  • Bronchitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemotherapy Induced Nausea
  • Chemotherapy Induced Neuropathy
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Colitis
  • Common Cold
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Degenerated Disc Pain
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea
  • Dietary Modification
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Ear Pain
  • Elbow Pain
  • Eye Problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Finger Pain
  • Flu Symptoms
  • Foggy Headedness
  • Foot Pain
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Gall Bladder Symptoms
  • Golfers Elbow
  • GURD
  • Headaches
  • Heart Palpitations
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Hip Joint Pain
  • Iliotibial Band Syndrome
  • Indigestion
  • Infertility
  • Inflammation
  • Insomnia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • I.T. Band Syndrome
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Lethargy
  • Liver Imbalances
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lyme Disease Symptoms
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Menopause Symptoms
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Migraines
  • Morning Sickness
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Muscle Twitching
  • Nausea
  • Neck Pain
  • Nervousness
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuropathies
  • Pain – General Or Specific
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • PMS
  • Pregnancy Issues
  • Prevention Treatments
  • Sacral pain
  • Sciatica
  • Seasonal Attunements
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Spinal Pain
  • Stomach Disturbances
  • Stress
  • Stroke
  • Tail bone Pain
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Tension Symptoms
  • Tinnitus
  • TMJ Pain
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vertigo
  • Wellness Treatments
  • Wrist pain

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