Compassion, Individualized Treatments, Results
We know that all of our bodies have the innate ability to heal and we are here to help activate that process. Our mission is to help move that process along with acupuncture, diet and lifestyle modifications, herbal formulas, light therapy, and more.
At The Subtle Point, we integrate time-honored Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques, current scientific data, and work with your primary care physicians and medications to provide relief for a wide variety of ailments. We want you to get better, faster, and we keep the number of treatments to a minimum. We know that your time is precious, and taking time off of work can be a hassle, that is why we will keep your number of treatments to what is actually needed.
We Respect Your Decisions
Our practitioners are nonjudgmental and will never criticize you for your choices in medical care, lifestyle, or dietary choices. If your choice is to continue on with your current medications, we will never tell you to stop taking your medications without your doctor’s input, we will respect that and work around that. We will strive to help you make changes in your life that you are comfortable with and sustainable for your lifestyle.
All of the therapies that we offer here are 100% natural, and our approach is to get you better as fast as your body allows. We utilize a wide variety of modalities which includes acupuncture, herbal medicine, gua sha, moxibustion, cupping, dietary and lifestyle advice, light therapy, and mind-body exercises. These modalities allow us to help alleviate the symptoms that you came in for and to address the root cause of the problem.
Our Proven Method
Personalized and 100% Natural Medicine
Acupuncture works by stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, with fine filiform (solid) needles. The result of this stimulation has been shown to: cause the body to release pain-relieving endorphins, increase circulation at the site of needle insertion, reduce inflammation, and stimulates your own body's internal healing process.
For thousands of year, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have relied on herbal medicine to treat illness, alleviate pain, and to prolong health. It has been said that the greatest treasure that TCM has to offer is in the herbal formulas. Western herbalists often prescribe single herbs per conditions however, our herbal formulas were compounded to mitigate the side effects of certain herbs. Along with the proper diet, herbs can help resolve a health issue safely and naturally.
To aid in the resolution in many conditions, we will suggest modifications to a persons diet. These modifications can help in the healing process by reducing inflammation, improving and easing digestion, resolving sickness faster, etc. My goal with this dietary advice is to help you find a sustainable alternative to your current diet so that it will be easy to follow, and easy to modify to your lifestyle.
In these modern times, it is quite easy to neglect certain areas of our life that could help us feel less stressed, and feel healthier. The advice that I give is often simple and can include: incorporate a very short meditation session to your daily routine, pay attention to your breath in times of high stress or anxiety, start working out, spend more time in the outdoors, providing information on how to create a less stressful schedule, etc.
Our Simple Process
During your free initial consultation, you will meet with your acupuncturist to discuss your case. We will go over your current symptoms, medical history, medications you are taking, lifestyle and habits, diet, and YOUR GOALS for your treatments here. We want you to be sure that our program will meet your needs before we move on to the next step.
After your free consultation, and you agree to move forward, the next step is the initial appointment. During the initial appoint, we will go over your intake form and will complete a detailed assessment of your symptoms, medical history, lifestyle factors, etc, to determine the root cause of the issue and to devise a treatment plan. You will receive acupuncture during this visit.
You will return for once to bi-weekly visits to ensure that you will begin to feel the positive shifts of the treatments. We want to make sure your treatment plan is yielding exceptional results with pain relief, better mental clarity, level and stable mood, alleviation of symptoms, etc.
Once we see stable improvements in your condition, we will begin to reduce the frequency of visits. When this happens we will want you to come in every other week, then once a month, and eventually you will no longer need regular treatments.
Frequently Questions & Answers About Our Treatments
Does it hurt?
Acupuncture uses needles that are significantly smaller than any syringe that a doctor would normally use. The sensation has been said to be comparable to a bug bite or a pinch, but often most people do not feel anything at all. Certain points are can be very tender to needle, and we almost always try not to use these points unless absolutely necessary. If you are sensitive to the needles we will adjust your treatment accordingly so that we can help you achieve your health goals in alignment with your comfort.
How long is each appointment?
At The Subtle Point, we offer a variety of services that can run from 5 minutes to as long as an hour. Initial appointments, however, are one hour long. During that appointment, we will go over your health intake form, go over the estimated amount of treatments that will get you to your optimal health, go over the treatment methods that will be utilized, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle advice, and more.
Can natural medicine REALLY help my problem?
Absolutely. Your body is capable of healing almost any problem, especially when it has the specialized natural therapies we offer to help it get back on track.
Do I need to disrobe for treatment?
For the most part, no you don't. I typically try and utilize points below the elbows and knees, sometimes around the belly, and sometimes on the back. Because of this I highly recommend that you come in wearing loose, comfortable clothing to allow easy access to these areas.
Will I have to do some kind of super-restrictive diet?
Absolutely NOT. Our treatment plans are all about setting you up to succeed, so we will help you find a sustainable way to manage your diet. We will find two or three key modifications to your diet and work on those. No impossible to follow meal plans or detoxes here.
How many treatments does it take?
The number of treatments that it takes to treat any given condition is based on a great number of factors. Some of these factors can include the length of having said condition, age, dietary and lifestyle factors, willingness to perform self-care at home, etc. It would also be safe to say that this medicine isn't magic and no condition will be fully resolved after one treatment. However, with that being said, many patients often leave the office with less pain than they started with and feeling more relaxed.
How long does it take to see results?
People often feel a positive shift after the very first treatment. Acupuncture is a very powerful way to stimulate endorphin release, which is the most powerful relaxing substance the body makes.
What are my chances of success?
Results do vary. Over 75% of our patients report improvement in their symptoms after just a few visits and many are able to reduce their medication use (if used, and under the supervision of the prescribing physician). However, every situation is unique and once we meet with you we will be able to give you our best estimate of time and prognosis of outcome.
OUR PROFESSIONAL STAFF LOVES WHAT WE DO
You'll always feel welcome and cared for.
Michael Hirofumi Sugiura, MsTCM, L.Ac.
Owner and Acupuncturist
Michael Sugiura is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado and a Diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I grew up in Denver and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Colorado State University. Later, after hating the cubicle life, I earned a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I was drawn to this medicine because of a life long interest in herbal medicine and alternative healing methods. I was a skeptic of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for most of my life, and was in the boat that most people are in when they think it is a treatment that you have to “believe in” to work. It all changed after I convinced my girlfriend at the time to try acupuncture to treat an ailment that doctors said was going to be a life long problem, would require surgery to treat, and without surgery she was going to have zero chance of being able to conceive a child. Well that Groupon purchase paid off, after 5 treatments and a two months worth of herbs, the problem was resolved. My interest only grew from there.
I am thrilled to open The Subtle Point to serve my hometown to become healthier and happier.
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The information provided in this site is not specific in nature and is not intended to supersede the advice of your physician or other health professional familiar with your unique case.