Frequently Asked Questions: Wellness Care

Do you treat health and wellness or only cosmetic concerns?

Dr. Meghan’s number one concern with every single Balanced Thistle Patient is their health and wellness. She has a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine with advanced training in nutrition and mental health. Currently she’s also wrapping up a Master’s in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. She has experience treating a wide array of concerns from women’s health (PMS, fertility, menopause, etc), pediatrics, geriatrics, digestive concerns, weight loss, autoimmune disease, pain, and more. She’s even treated spasms from M.S., frequent hiccup, recurring miscarriage, autism, and “blah” or “I feel off.”

Can I get acupuncture even if nothing is wrong?

Absolutely! Acupuncture is healthcare, not sick care, meaning you can always benefit from treatment! We can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep quality, optimize the digestive process, boost immune function, and simply just guarantee that for the hour of your treatment, you’re getting in some quality self care!

Do you charge extra for additional services?

Absolutely not. At Balanced Thistle, the only care you pay extra for is your herbal prescription. Dr. Meghan doesn’t like to limit the tools in her belt to help you feel better, so your appointment cost includes whatever she thinks is best for your case. There are no additional charges for e-stim, cupping, or essential oils.

Does it hurt?

The sensation you get from acupuncture can’t be explained by pain tolerance. Sometimes, you’ll feel the needle, just barely, for just a moment as it passes through your skin (but not always). Sometimes you’ll feel an light ache, a warm sensation, tingling, or even slight itchiness! This is brief, and not only varies from patient to patient, but varies from treatment to treatment. Why? Because sometimes your energy will respond in different ways to the needles, depending on what you have going on at the time of your appointment.

Do you treat men?

Of course! Don’t be shy, gentlemen, I’d be please to work with you on health OR cosmetic concerns (it’s okay, you can admit those wrinkles are kind of bugging you too. I promise I won’t tell anyone)!

Frequently Asked Questions: Cosmetic Care

What is the difference between cosmetic acupuncture and micro-needling?

With microneedling, the needles only go into the epidermis. This is great for bringing qi and blood to the face, but doesn’t offer long-lasting fine line and wrinkle reduction. Wrinkles are actually the result of breakdown of the collagen and elastin matrix which is in the dermal layer of the skin. With a Wild Thistle treatment, we needle into the dermal collagen and elastin matrix in order to bring qi, blood, and your body’s own immune cells directly to the proteins which provide skin strength and elasticity.

How does this compare to injectables such as Botox?

Cosmetic acupuncture is all natural. Nothing is permanently going to reside in your skin. This is an ideal alternative to treatments like Botox (made from the Botulinum toxin) for client’s looking for a natural, toxin free beauty regime. Plus, with a Wild Thistle treatment, we also address the internal causes of aging to balance the body for improved overall health.

What are the risks and side effects of cosmetic acupuncture?

Before we dive into cosmetic acupuncture, it’s important to make sure you’re an ideal candidate. We’ll discuss this at your New Patient Appointment. Cosmetic acupuncture is all about movement of qi and blood which means you shouldn’t do it congruently with botox and filler treatments which usually last 4-6 months after injection. The main risk and side effect associated with this care is bruising, which is uncommon, but can last a few days. We recommend buying a good foundation before treatment. She She Beauty Lounge located in Fort Collins carries Jade Iredale clean beauty products that are 99% mineral based, go check them out!

What age is ideal for cosmetic acupuncture?

There are two teir’s of options here. If you’re feeling particularly wrinkled and want an overall lift, we recommend the Wild Revive 5-6 week program (twice weekly). This is usually also recommended for individuals suffering from skin conditions such as acne. Cosmetic care is also fantastic wrinkle prevention. If you want to curb lines and wrinkles ahead of time, start with the Wild Refresh treatment once a month to slow the effects of facial aging.

Does it hurt?

Everyone has a different tolerance for discomfort but you should know that acupuncture needles are very small, and facial acupuncture needles are even smaller. Some points are a little uncomfortable, but usually no worse then plucking an eyebrow hair.