Acupuncturist and Herbal Medicine Practitioner
Carrie Brugger discovered the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine from personal experience. After acupuncture greatly improved her overall well-being, Carrie decided to change her life course from working in the software industry to gain knowledge in this fascinating holistic medicine. She was especially impressed by the effectiveness and pureness of this approach to healing and wellness. As a Colorado licensed and NCCAOM Board Certified Acupuncturist, she is dedicated and committed to the medicine and aims to provide her patients the best possible care.
Her undergraduate BS degree is in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. She received her MS in Traditional Chinese Medicine from CSTCM in Denver, Colorado which is a 3 year accredited program including 2850 hours of education. She continued her education by completing an internship in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine at the Chengdu University of Chinese Medicine, International TCM Training Program in Chengdu, People's Republic of China. She received additional training in Sports Medicine, Women's Issues and Chinese Herbal Medicine; although as a General Practitioner she enjoys helping patients overcome a wide variety of issues.
Carrie currently has a home practice in Arvada, CO. and practices at the wellness center NeuAbility
The Chinese Materia Medica contains close to 6,000 individual herbs including plants, animals, and minerals originating from all over the world. These herbs are synergistically combined to create formulas that are designed for an individual patient.
Chinese herbs are administered as decoctions, powder, or in pill form. Decoctions are raw herbs soaked in water and cooked for an hour or more. This is the traditional method of taking herbs. Powdered extracts are common since preparation time in minimal, you simply scoop the powdered formula in a cup of water. Several classical formulas are prepared in patent form. If a patient displays classical sign and symptoms, these patent formulas are commonly prescribed.
Acupuncture is effective in healing pain such as headaches, chronic pain, joint pain, back pain and much more. I specialize in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Disorders.
My goal is to treat and relieve your pain permanently instead of using pharmaceuticals for temporary relief.
When one is fertile their body is balanced. This may mean different things to different people. I must look at each person individually and treat them according to what their body it telling me. I read the body's signals through pulse and tongue as well as input from the patient. I then differentiate which system(s) in the body need support using TCM diagnosis. I might recommend Chinese Herbal formulas or dietary changes in addition to acupuncture treatments. Once these imbalances are restored an overall well being including body, mind an spirit is affected and the patient will feel better. The body is then able to nurture and support a child.