Chinese medicine has a long history of promoting healthy aging and supporting longevity. From the remarkable impact of herbs, such as ginseng and astragalus, to the complex treatment of stroke, Chinese medicine can be a great asset during the aging process.
I have been working closely with older adults, and their caregivers, since 2016. When I began focusing my practice on geriatric care in Boulder, Colorado, I discovered what elders need from this medicine — and from us, personally, as practitioners. In that time I’ve learned where we fit into modern geriatric healthcare and where we can help.
Acupuncture is proven to be a flexible, low-cost form of treatment for elders living with chronic pain, depression, digestive discomfort, and many other health issues that accompany the aging process. Our medicine is drug-free, easy to administer, and flexible enough to accommodate clients with mobility restrictions, vision and hearing impairments, even dementia. We have a lot to offer our communities.
With Chinese medicine, so much can be done with a few simple needles, an ear for detail, and an open heart. Our treatments do not need to be complex, only well-directed. To help other acupuncturists work with this population, I’ve developed a few specific practice management considerations that can be useful in treating both elders and caregivers.
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