TCM Acupuncture- Serving Canon City and Fremont County, CO

Tricia L. Mattson L.Ac
Eastern Sun TCM Acupuncture
2800 N. 9th St.
Canon City  CO   81212
(719) 345-7110
and traveling in Colorado Springs

Tricia L. Mattson is certified by CO’s  Department of Regulation Agencies ( license # ACU.0002058), Maintains M.P. insurance, holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as being licensed for acupuncture under the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) test of time is evidence of the effectiveness. In place of offering a long list of all the conditions that TCM can help, it’s better to explain that it works to correct ailments from the base, to bring back balance- so that the body can heal itself.   With the focus on correcting imbalances from the base- Chinese Medicine almost always provides relief- making  it  the  truest  whole   body   medicine   available.

Hours- Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays 11 am-6 pm
As well as  by appointment.


Acupuncture is one of the oldest and most commonly used forms of Oriental medicine in the world. Originating in China thousands of years ago, acupuncture is currently one of the most thoroughly researched, practiced, and respected forms of complementary medicine available anywhere.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  your overall health is determined by the quality of the Qi (energy) flow through the natural pathways of your body (meridians). Acupuncture uses a variety of techniques, including placing thin sterile needles into specific points on the body, to stimulate and improve your Qi flow. The many benefits of acupuncture include:  
*Pain reduction   *Stress and tension relief *Increased energy levels *Stronger digestion *Relief from bad habits and addictions *Greater sense of overall health and well-being

Chinese herbal medicine is a 2,000 year old tradition using naturally occurring substances — including herbs — to enhance one's health and vitality. As opposed to Western medicine, the foundation of this approach is to support the body's natural self-healing mechanisms and abilities.

Electroacupuncture is a highly effective holistic treatment for pain, nausea, and chronic ailments. In practice, it is actually very similar to traditional acupuncture. Using the exact same system of Chinese Medicine, I attach a device to strategically placed needles, which delivers gentle electrical pulses between two points. This helps restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) through your body, removing any blockages and clearing out stagnant areas, thus creating a stronger and clearer experience of health and well-being.

Tui Na is an ancient form of bodywork that is based on the principles of TCM. It incorporates many different manipulations that stimulate the flow of energy throughout the body.  Tui na also involves the original bone setting, where techniques are used to realign the musculoskeletal and ligamentous relationship, gently. I like to use the term “releasing” to explain how tui na differs from other bodywork. Still, with Tui na naturally encompassing acupressure, it can be used to strengthen systems as well, or even replace needles for those unable to receive them.

Moxibustion is a TCM technique that involves the burning of mugwort, to facilitate healing and health. The purpose of moxibustion is to stimulate the flow of blood and Qi, through warming, and enhance your overall vitality and health.

Cupping has also been a part of Chinese Medicine for millenniums. It relieves aches and pains, improves circulation, and also helps with respiratory and digestive issues. Cupping is said to draw out toxins, as it pulls the blood closer to the skin’s surface- encouraging lymphatic involvement. I typically use fire cupping- where a flame is briefly placed inside of a glass cup- to create a vacuum when placed on the skin. The cups can be moved, sit stationary, or repeatedly placed and pulled off- all producing specific and substantial results.


Treatment Plans

Eastern Sun TCM Acupuncture offers 3 treatment plans. All services start with consultations. Consultations are free and are to determine whether Eastern Sun's services are right for you.

Initial Intakes - are done on the first visit. This takes about a half to one full hour.  During this time  acknowledgement  of Eastern Sun's Notice of Privacy is made, intake forms (that may be up-loaded, printed and filled  out  prior to- for a discount) are  completed, and a Consent to Treat form is signed. Vital signs will be taken and charted. Next, TCM questioning, involving pulse and tongue inspection, will be done- resulting in a TCM diagnosis. It is this diagnosis that allows for the best treatment possible. 

Full treatment- provides the  best  results, allowing  the  opportunity  to  utilize  all applicable TCM modalities. This treatment plan includes acupuncture, herbal recommendations, tui na massage (up to 10 minutes) and one, or all of the following: guasha, cupping, electric stimulation, moxibustion, auricular needles or ear seeds.  

Simple Treatment- is designed to help uncomplicated conditions and be more economically manageable. This plan includes herbal recommendations and acupuncture. 

Other services can be added for a lesser fee

The third treatment plan is called 5 point- and is designed for low income patients that would otherwise go without the benefits of TCM. It may also be used for a base rate.


If you have found these comments then you have found an incredible acupuncturist who will change your life for the better.  I had the privilege of working with Tricia for six months for a variety of very physically and emotionally intense medical problems.  When I first met her I was in a tough spot mentally-pretty out of balance.  Tricia took a careful history, really listened to my concerns and worked out a treatment plan to restore balance.  Her treatments were very individualized and gave me a much needed release every week.  There were many weeks where my treatment with Tricia was the only thing that kept me going and gave me strength.  It was like coming to a little oasis of comfort and care after being adrift in an ocean of uncertainty and profound hopelessness. While all medical problems may not be cured by acupuncture, the imbalance and disharmony that accompany so many medical diseases can be helped tremendously by acupuncture and that peace of mind is invaluable.  And some problems just are ripe for treatment: Tricia cured my Achilles tendonosis, which I battled with for over a year.  She was an empathic ear and an incredible clinician during a tough medical journey.  She is a tremendously talented acupuncturist and a kind, intuitive person.   I am forever grateful for her care. H.J.

I was very skeptical at first but after much encouragement by a friend, I went. I remember leaving there and thinking for the first time since my back surgery four years ago I was completely pain free. What a great feeling!! I have been back multiple times and it is such a healing experience each time. She is so amazing at what she does and the atmosphere is so calming and soothing.    C.P.

Tricia is amazing! She is very informative, helpful, and kind. I recommend seeing Tricia!  
 H. G.

I go to Eastern Sun Acupuncture on a regular basis since my first visit. Tricia shows professionalism with understanding, care and truly listens to what your visit is about.
I look forward to my treatments now as I know however tired and sore I am going in, I will feel relaxed and invigorated when I leave. Thanks Eastern Sun for your awesome services :)

Very Great. I have Tourette's Syndrome and I found last summer that acupuncture actually helped calm it down quite a bit.    J.S.

Tricia does an amazing job! She puts her whole heart and soul into her work. She has helped me to heal multiple times! I thank you and appreciate you, sweet Tricia!    T.J.

Tricia was very thorough and addressed the issues specific to me personally. She was very professional and is a natural healer. I would recommend Eastern Sun TCM Acupuncture to anyone. Surprisingly affordable.   R.W.
Very informative very nice very interesting. Thanks Tricia for helping me out with my pregnancy body problems :) go see her so many things can be addressed.   K.B.

Peace and healings from the second I entered the door.   P.S.

You do great work!   R.B.

Setting up your first visit

Please call or text 715-514-5056 or email to set up a free consultation, or an appointment.

You may print and fill out the intake form for a discount off the intake price and shorter intake time. 

Please email "FORMS" and I will send the packet to you. Please allow 2 hours and notify me if you have not received the file within 3 hours. DO NOT email the forms! 

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More than just acupuncture.... HERBS are awesome!

A large part of the 1,740 hours of didactic instruction for my MSAOM studies were spent learning about herbs and how they work together to create a perfect medicine. Much like this, herbal formulas are a very significant part of Chinese Medicine. They are the take home, that strengthen the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) modality system. There are even times when I see stronger results from the herbs than from acupuncture, yet together the results are always intensified.
Unlike supplements or pharmaceuticals, Chinese Formulas threat the underlying condition, as well as the symptoms. TCM practitioners take a very close look at each individual to determine what formula will strengthen their whole system, without creating any imbalances, while addressing as many symptoms as possible. That's right, each formula has many conditions that they are indicated for.
An excellent example of this diversity is Ren Shen Yang Ying Tong (RSYYT) (not to be mistaken for Ren Shen Yang Rong Tang- made famous for its cancer relieving effects). Ginsing Nourishing formula supplements qi and blood, nourishes the heart, calms the spirit, and sharpens memory. It can be used for anxiety and fatigue, or hypothyroidism and restlessness. The reason for these opposing extremes is that it was designed to rebuild a depleted and exhausted system. It is a wonderful follow up for surgical procedures, as well as recovering from loss of a loved one, or extremely stressful events. In contrast, in spite of RSYYT's diversity- it can damage the person who doesn't have a constitutional need for it. No worries though, your Chinese Medicine provider can find the perfect formula to treat your individual pattern- this is why we do herbs better!
Speaking of better, I want to give praise where it's due. Evergreen Herbs not only provides some of the finest herbal formulas in the world, they also work with training your acupuncturist through e-lotus to get better result for you! If you are at all concerned about the quality, standards, or purity of Chinese herbs, or just want to know more about my favorite supplier's processes- please follow the link below. 

Complementary Neurological Disorders Medicine

In China, stroke patients are aggressively treated with acupuncture, beginning immediately after the stroke. The stroke rehabilitation department is always the largest TCM department in Western-based Chinese hospitals. At the Tianjin University of TCM teaching hospital, professor Shi Xue-Min developed a cutting edge protocol for treating stroke patients. This protocol, and Dr. Shi himself, were featured in the movie 9,000 Needles. Dr. Yifan Liu pursued his doctoral studies at Tianjin University, where Dr. Shi Xue-Min was his advisor. In this lecture, Dr. Liu will discuss the development, methodology and applications of Xing Nao Kai Qiao therapy. (AAAOM)
9000 Needles Documetary link

I had the privilege of having Dr. Liu as a professor at AAAOM (American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Along with other amazing instructors at my school, Dr. Liu's history shows in his teaching and technique. To have learned from such great minds is something that I will always treasure. Fortunately, my TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) education continues and with my practice's focus on Complementary Neurological Disorders Medicine- this training was valuable on many levels. 

TCM has always treated Neurological Disorders quite effectively. In achieving my MAOM I've studied  neurological disorders at an introductory level in bio-medicine and have taken TCM Neurology training. I participated in the school's MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Clinic and have also had personal experience in this area. Yet, the Xing Nao Kai Qiao style of treating is new to me and most American Acupuncturist, as our focus tends to be on "traditional" techniques. The creation of 9000 Needles Documentary has given this technique its well deserved and long awaited recognition.

Dr. Liu gave a wonderful presentation, including a few pictures of him and Dr. Shi Xue-Min and clips from the film. He discussed the special acupuncture points used and why, as well as other treatments given. Dr. Liu demonstrated many acupuncture points and techniques before guiding the class in practice. I gained a great deal of insight- being able to feel the effects of this needling system, as well as in practicing. Being able to incorporate the Xing Nao Kai Qiao techniques into my practice is very exciting. It offers the ability to further help people suffering from post stroke and neurological issues and allows for greater hope in a stronger recovery.

Dr. Shi Xue-Min and the Xing Nao Kai Qiao Legacy