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A holistic acupuncture and wellness center serving Albuquerque, Bernalillo and Rio Rancho


Frequently Asked Questions

Does acupuncture hurt?

No, acupuncture should not hurt. A momentary prick is often felt around the needle as it is inserted, eventually creating a dull pressure or tingling around the area during the treatment. Extremely thin, pre-sterilized, disposable needles are placed on specific areas of the body. The needles stimulate what the Chinese call Qi (chee); the manipulation of the Qi benefits health and aids in healing disease. Our Clinic uses only the finest quality Japanese and Korean needles to provide a very gentle and effective treatment. The acupuncture experience is one of relaxation and healing. Most patients report feeling very relaxed during and after the treatment.

Is acupuncture safe?

When performed by a licensed competent practitioner, Acupuncture is a safe, gentle, and highly effective way to manage chronic health problems and tap into your true potential for health and longevity. Acupuncturists are required to use disposable needles that are discarded after one use.Acupuncture is side effect free and a drug-free treatment of signs and symptoms.

What conditions are treated with acupuncture?

  • Digestive disoders
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Weak immunity
  • Infertility
  • PMS
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Addictions
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress management

How many treatments will I need?

Every individual is unique. For most chronic conditions, 5-7 treatments on a weekly basis tends to offer the best outcome. Some people notice an immediate improvement in their health while for others acupuncture tends to have a cumulative effect over several visits.

Does the clinic offer Chinese herbs? If so, what kind?

We have an extensive Chinese herbal pharmacy that consists primarily of patent herbal formulas that comes as granulated capsules or tablets. Customized herbal powdered blends are also available.Chinese herbs are also completely safe when prescribed by a licensed herbalist. Our Clinic use only GMP certified, pharmaceutical grade quality herbs. They have been thoroughly tested and come with a Certificate of Analysis to guarantee potency, purity, and safety

Are there any side-effects?

Acupuncture has no side effects and treats the cause of disorders as well as the symptoms. The World Health Organization (WHO), FDA and National Institute of Health endorse Acupuncture for the treatment of many disorders.

Do you accept insurance?

Our Clinic does not accept insurance. Because our goal is to provide exceptional care to our patients, the distraction of billing insurance would compromise our quality of care. Therefore, we do not directly bill any insurance plans. If your insurance offers out-of-network acupuncture coverage, once you have paid at the time of service, we give you a receipt that you can mail to your insurance company to be reimbursed directly from them.

What forms of payment are accepted?

We accept cash, checks, visa and mastercard..

What Sets Our Clinic Apart From Other Chinese Medical Practitioners?

We clearly discuss our comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan with you during the initial consultation.

We love what we do and are devoted to providing the highest quality patient care and helping you achieve optimal wellness.

We take our time with you: 1.5 hours in the first visit and 60 minute follow-ups.

We educate you about what’s going on, why and how it can be healed according to Chinese medical principles.

Our individualized treatment plans can include a combination of acupuncture, chinese herbs, nutritional and dietary therapies, mindfulness training, stress reduction techniques and lifestyle coaching.

We offer Neurofeedback training for many disorders including: ADD/ADHD, learning and behavior problems, anxiety and depression, sleep disorders, headaches, migraines, pain management, and post-traumatic stress disorder

We refer to other exceptional practitioners in the community, if we determine that other therapies will better address your needs.

We are happy to work with your primary care physician or other specialist to formulate a comprehensive treatment plan to meet your unique needs.

We will keep your primary care physician or other specialist apprised of your progress.

All of our herbs are GMP certified, safe and effective.

You can speak to Denise, the owner of Thrive Family Wellness Center, directly about your needs.

Your treatment is personally tailored to your needs. Many acupuncturists use the same protocols on all of their patients. At Thrive Family Wellness Center, your treatment specifically reflects your unique individual dynamics.

Evening and/or weekend appointments are available.

Denise Nair, MS, DOM
Denise Nair, DOM, Dipl.OM, MSOM, is passionate about helping people like you live vibrant healthy lives through holistic personalized care. She is the founder of Thrive Family Wellness Center in Albuquerque, NM. ...
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"Denise is an amazing acupuncturist. She is a very professional, warm, and caring practitioner. I highly recommend her if you struggle with any kind of chronic health concern."
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Denise Garnes, MS, DOM

Thrive Family Wellness Center
5345 Wyoming Blvd., Suite 103B
Albuquerque, NM 87109
(505) 463-1140

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