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 AAC 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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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

Dry Needling and DC Acupuncture Colorado Springs

Since moving to CO I have been asked repeatedly about dry needling. I've decided to add information and YouTube videos, so you can see for yourself what is taking place.

Actually it is acupuncture. The points used here are on the stomach channel and include stomach 32, with indications including: strengthening the leg and reducing heat in the blood, also known as inflammation.
However, a licensed acupuncturist would never re-insert a used needle, as we know that this can introduce bacteria and infection. We learned this in our clean needling techniques course that we are certified in! We also pay great attention to the femoral artery and femoral nerve in this area.

This acu-point is san jiao 15. Its indication is to unblock the channel and stop shoulder and elbow pain along with treating a stiff neck. It is only supposed to be needled 0.3 to 0.5 inches below the skin. As far as I can tell this demonstration of "dry needling" may have penetrated the lung or pleura.

Having lived and practiced in WI, I'm surprised at the misconceptions CO people have about acupuncture. I feel that this is the result of finding out about the medicine from P.T.s and Chiropractors. The beauty of acupuncture is that it is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). When acupuncture is preformed by P.T. and DC.s it is only a fraction of what could be accomplished and random at best. The most frustrating part is when I'm told that acupuncture has not helped an individual and later find out that it was preformed by a P.T. or DC.

The following is an article from the Wisconsin Society of Certified Acupuncturists Keep in mind that DC are NOT allowed to practice acupuncture in WI, as well in some other states.

The Illegal and Unsafe Practice of Acupuncture 

Under the Term “Dry Needling:”

10 Facts You Should Know

 Here are 10 facts you should know about the illegal and unsafe practice of acupuncture under the term “dry needling:”

1. “Dry needling” is acupuncture.
“Dry needling” was first described over 2,000 years ago in China’s earliest and most comprehensive extant medical treatise, the Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic (Huangdi neijing), where it discusses in detail using tender or painful points, also known as “trigger points” or “motor points,” to treat pain and dysfunction, particularly of the neuromusculoskeletal system. Simply described, “dry needling” involves inserting an acupuncture needle into a tender or painful point and then appropriately manipulating (rotating and/or pistoning) it for therapeutic purposes.
2. Tender or painful points, also known as “trigger points” or “motor points,” are acupuncture points.
Tender or painful points are located in muscles and connective tissues, and, as their name suggests, are identified through tenderness or pain on palpation. This was, in fact, one of acupuncture’s earliest forms of point selection. China’s preeminent physician, Sun Si-Miao (581–682 C.E.), called these tender or painful points “ashi” points. In Chinese, ashi means Ah yes!(That’s the right spot.). So, when the tender or painful point is pressed, the patient feels an unexpected local and/or referred “wince-pain” and says Ah yes! That’s the right spot. Incidentally, in a 1977 study published in Pain (the official journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain), Melzack, Stillwell and Fox established that “every trigger point [reported in the Western medical literature] has a corresponding acupuncture point.”* A number of studies subsequently published in the Western medical literature have reached this same basic conclusion.. Pain. 1977 Feb;3(1):3–23.
3. “Dry needling” is not “manual therapy;” it is acupuncture.
It is important to emphasize that “dry needling” is an invasive, acupuncture needle intervention (that is, it is acupuncture, a specialized form of minimally invasive surgery), whereas manual therapy is a noninvasive, hands-on intervention (for example, massage, mobilization/manipulation). Manual therapy certainly does not include the practice of surgery in any form.
4. “Dry needling” is not a “technique;” it is acupuncture.
To make clear, the act of inserting an acupuncture needle into the body, under any pretense, or for any purpose whatsoever, is the practice of acupuncture.
5. Physical therapists and other allied health professionals who are not licensed by law to practice acupuncture cannot legally purchase acupuncture needles.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classified acupuncture needles as Class II medical devices subject to strict regulations under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) and FDA’s regulations. Individuals purchasing or receiving acupuncture needles who are not licensed by law to practice acupuncture are directly violating both civil and criminal provisions of the FDCA intended to protect public safety. 21 U.S.C. § 331(a)–(c), (g). These include the FDA’s requirements that acupuncture needles can only be sold to “qualified practitioners of acupuncture.” 61 FedReg. 64616 (December 6, 1996). FDA prescription labeling requirements themselves specifically prohibit the sale of acupuncture needles to anyone who is not a qualified practitioner of acupuncture. The required FDA prescription labeling on the package from which acupuncture needles are to be dispensed states: “Caution: Federal law restricts this device to sale by or on the order of qualified practitioners of acupuncture as determined by the States.” 21 CFR § 801.109(b)(1) (emphasis added). Any individual who is not licensed by law to practice acupuncture is directly violating the FDCA and FDA’s civil and criminal prohibitions when they purchase or receive acupuncture needles for use in “dry needling.”
6. Physical therapists and other allied health professionals who are not licensed by law to practice acupuncture are using acupuncture needles to perform “dry needling.”
Physical therapists and other allied health professionals who are not licensed by law to practice acupuncture would have you believe that they are not using acupuncture needles to perform “dry needling,” when they are, in fact, using acupuncture needles, which are clearly labeled as such on the dispensing package.
7. Physical therapists and other allied health professionals who are not licensed by law to practice acupuncture are not qualified to perform “dry needling.”
“Dry needling” is far outside both physical therapists’ and other allied health professionals’ scope of practice and their scope of education and training. In most states, to become a licensed acupuncturist, an applicant must complete a minimum of 1,905 hours of education and supervised clinical training (1,245 hours of education and 660 hours of supervised clinical training). Yet physical therapists and other allied health professionals who are not licensed by law to practice acupuncture are inserting acupuncture needles (up to four inches or more in length) into unsuspecting patients with as little as a weekend workshop in acupuncture.
8. There are real risks associated with the use of acupuncture needles by physical therapists and other allied health professionals who lack the education and supervised clinical training of licensed acupuncturists.
These real risks include, but are not limited to, blood vessel, nerve and organ injury from inappropriate acupuncture needle angle and depth of insertion or from inappropriate acupuncture needle manipulation; and infection and cross infection from nonsterile acupuncture needles, poor hygiene in acupuncture needle handling, and inadequate skin preparation.
9. There have been recently reported cases of injury or harm from the use of acupuncture needles by physical therapists and other allied health professionals who lack the education and supervised clinical training of licensed acupuncturists.
In one such case, Emily Kuykendall, a high school teacher from Maryland, had suffered nerve damage from the use of acupuncture needles by a physical therapist. In another such case, Kim Ribble-Orr, a former Olympic athlete from Canada, had suffered a punctured lung and a pneumothorax (the presence of air in the cavity between the lungs and the chest wall, causing collapse of the lung) from the use of acupuncture needles by a massage therapist.
*If you or someone you know has suffered injury or harm from the use of acupuncture needles by a physical therapist or other allied health professional who lacked the education and supervised clinical training of licensed acupuncturists, we want to hear from you. Our phone number is 775-301-5255.
10. It is illegal for physical therapists or any other providers to submit claims for payment to Medicare for “dry needling” (a non-covered service) as “physical therapy” (a covered service).
Since “dry needling” is acupuncture, it is not a covered service. Use of acupuncture needles is not a covered service, whether an acupuncturist or any other provider renders the service. 42 U.S.C. § 1395y(a)(1). Its billing under Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes 97112 (neuromuscular reeducation) or 97140 (manual therapy techniques) is a misrepresentation of the actual service rendered and is considered fraud by Medicare. 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729–3733.
*If you suspect Medicare fraud, call the Medicare Fraud Hotline at 1-800-HHS-TIPS (1-800-447-8477). TTY users should call 1-800-377-4950.
*Information on this page is used with consent from the National Center for Acupuncture Safety and Integrity