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Dr. Lucas offers many healing and therapeutic Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine  services.
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Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Acupuncture is one therapy that is a part of a larger medical system called Traditional Chinese medicine.

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years and there is a wealth of data about its effectiveness in Chinese medical journals and American medical journals are developing databases.

Dry Needling is also known as ashi needling and trigger point needling and can not only affect local conditions but those in meridians as well.

According to the World Health Organization acupuncture is effective for treating a wide variety conditions. It is always recommended to learn about your Practitioner's training in Chinese medicine before receiving acupuncture or other therapies.

Prior to treating you with acupuncture, I do a thorough pulse diagnosis. A proper evaluation of your pulses, where Practitioners of Chinese medicine discover energetic imbalances, is the key to effective treatment. This is my specialty: I see where your imbalances, blocks, excesses, etc. are and resolve them to create a healthful situation in your body. I look for what is causing your condition or symptoms and resolve that rather than just treating symptoms which is almost always just a temporary quick fix.

Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Prescriptions

Natural herbs have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of symptoms and diseases. The broad name for the use of herbs is Herbal Medicine; I specialize in using herbs according to the Traditional Chinese medicine theory of how they work. 

After a proper diagnosis, I make a prescription formula for you. The prescription may include a single herb or a number of herbs. It may be in liquid, capsule, powder, tea, or pill form. These herbal formulas are safe and effective when prescribed by a licensed Practitioner of Chinese medicine. I do not recommend self diagnosing and purchasing them over the counter. 

Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Cold Laser Treatment

Cold laser therapy is used primarily to treat pain but has other uses as well for example in the world of cosmetic treatment (by improving cell, perhaps collagen, growth). Cold laser therapy is safe, effective, and completely noninvasive. Also known as low level laser therapy, the cold laser has the ability to penetrate the skin to assist healing even in deep joint problems. 

Cold laser increases metabolic activity, has anti-inflammatory action, increases vascular activity, reduces fibrous tissue formation, and stimulates nerve function. I treat muscle and joint pain, arthritis stiffness and pain, carpal tunnel and other hand or wrist pain, neck and lower back pain, and more. Treatment does not take very long (usually appointments are no longer than 30 minutes) and several treatments a week are needed for healing.

Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Injection Therapy

GENERAL HEALTH (Vitamin B12 Cocktail)

Vitamin B-12 is an important source of energy. A B-12 deficiency can cause memory issues, depression, fatigue, and constipation. Proper levels can boost your energy, help reduce your appetite, and create a better digestive situation.

I use a cocktail of B-complex, folic acid, Inositol and L-Carnitine to aid in proper digestion and elimination, help the breakdown of body fat, and lower cholesterol which together lead to increased energy and your overall general health.

What is the quickest, most effective way to correct a Vitamin B12 deficiency?
A vitamin/nutrient IV or Vitamin B-12 injection is best. Vitamin B-12 is not absorbed by the stomach therefore the entire dosage is available to the body for use when given in the form of an injection.

Often referred to as Lipo-injections, these injections are used to help release fat throughout the body by specifically targeting primary fatty deposits. Vitamin B-12 combined with the essential amino acids Methionine, Inositol and Choline (MIC) and L-Carnitine facilitate the use of food for energy and the breakdown of fat, aid in digestion and elimination, and boost energy.

Referred to as Trigger Point Injection Therapy or Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, is purpose is to eliminate pain and to re-educate your muscles into pain-free motions. Injections using a combination of Traumeel, Procaine and Saline help reduce the swelling and stiffness of neuromuscular pain, increase range of motion, relieve tension, and improve circulation, flexibility and coordination.

Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Manual Therapy

Although Acupuncture and herbs are the most well known therapies used by Chinese medicine practitioners, I also use Manual Therapy techniques.

One of those is gua sha.

This is where I put some liniment on the skin and then use a smooth edged tool (a gua sha "comb") to slide it along the affected area of the skin. It is very very useful for pain and feels good.

Both acute and chronic pain are treated successfully with gua sha but it is also used to treat other conditions like chest colds, sprains, post surgical stagnation, etc.

The motion of gua sha increases oxygen and blood flow to the treated area and stimulates the body's own healing systems.

Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture

Mei Zen means "beautiful person." Dr. Lucas wants to offer a cosmetic technique based in Chinese medicine that addresses the internal and external causes of aging.

During a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, Dr. Lucas does her usual expert pulse diagnosis to see where the imbalances are that may be impacting your ability to age well and be the healthiest that you can be. Then she needles the skin on the face, neck, and/or abdomen for the cosmetic results

Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Microneedling Collagen Stimulation

Microneedling is also called Collagen Induction Therapy and is used as a treatment to reduce lines and wrinkles. The skin is rejuvenated by needling into skin where the rejuvenation factors are abundant using an instrument that is called a dermapen. Microneedling is the skin rejuvenation treatment that has the opportunity to stimulate keratinocytes, melanocytes, and fibroblasts of collagen and elastin.

Martha Lucas, Ph.D., L.Ac. - Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Oxidation Restoration Therapy aka Activated Oxygen Therapy and Ozone Therapy

Activated Oxygen, also know as ozone ()3) is created naturally in our atmosphere when the Earth’s oxygen meets the sun’s rays. Ozone contains three oxygen atoms rather than the two that we usually breathe. That 3rd atom becomes a scavenger destroying viruses, bacteria, free radicals, etc. Medical Activated Oxygen (what I use in my practice) is used to treat skin issues (topically) Treat pain both topically and with injection therapy Oxygenate your blood, make it healthier through insufflation Kill infections through insufflation, topically, or through ozonated water.

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Dr. Martha Lucas - Lucas Acupuncture - Denver, CO

1331 Vine St.
Denver, CO 80206


Phone: 303-947-6224