Bunions and big toe pain solutions

foot experiencing pain and inflammation in the first metatarsophalangeal joint
Feet of a woman with painful Hallux Valgus

According to University of Michigan Health, bunions (also known as hallux valgus) and big toe pain is misalignment of the first metatarsal in relation to the big toe. We offer traveling acupuncture treatments in the comfort of your own home. We service the areas of Denver and Aurora, Colorado.

misalignment of the first MTP joint of the foot

Big toe pain according to TCM

According to TCM, big toe pain is caused by a pattern of qi and blood stagnation. This means that the energy is stuck in the big toe, preventing oxygen rich blood from flowing smoothly through the joint. The treatment principle would be to move qi and blood in the joint in addition to treating underlying imbalances.

What TCM therapies can be used to treat bunions?

TCM therapies for the treatment of bunion big toe pain include acupuncture, electrical stimulation, tuina massage, topical liniments and foot soaks. Acupuncture helps to invigorate blood flow to the area. It also harnesses the body’s ability to heal by setting an inflammatory process into action and activating the body’s natural pain killers.

Electrical stimulation can help to add constant stimulation to acupuncture needles and increase blood flow to the big tow and other areas of pain. Acupuncturists use percutaneous (below the skin surface) machines like the E-stim II that are applied to needles during treatment. Patients can TENS (transcutaneous) units like the Medvice TENS unit and apply the patches to the superficial areas of the big toe.

Bunions can be helped enormously by massage and foot soaks. At Healing Acupuncture Clinic, I offer 15 minute add-on foot massages and foot soaks to each treatment.

I always incorporate topical liniments such as Zheng gu shui or Dr. Bob’s Medicated Oil in my health acupuncture appointments. Zheng gu shui is a very hot liniment that is very useful for bone injury (bruise or fracture), and also for strain and sprain. It can also be used for plantar fasciitis by spraying on paper towels and placing in shoes. Dr. Bob’s medicated oil is designed to disperse inflammation, stop pain and itching. These two liniments are great at releasing muscle tension and easing pain. And they smell wonderful, too!

zhenggushui topical liniment for tendon and bone pain

Western therapies to treat bunions

Western therapies include surgical and non-surgical treatment. Non-surgical treatment includes:

  • Chiropractic adjustment Talk to your chiropractor about your big toe needs, evaluate any structural abnormalities and ask for an adjustment. Usually these adjustments utilize an Activator II device for gentle adjustment.
  • Physical therapy exercises (writing out the ABCs with the toes, Flexing/extending the toes). Check out the “Stretches for foot pain” article from FootWearNews.com.
  • Strengthening of the calf muscles can really help to support the structures of the foot and ankle and help invigorate blood flow to the lower extremity.
  • Shoe modifications – wearing comfortable shoes with a wider and taller toe box
  • A shoe stretcher or ball and ring stretcher – allows modification to current shoes to prevent irritation
  • A toe spacer and/or bunion sleeve– can be used to treat symptoms; however, they will not affect the size of the bunion or prevent progression of the disability

foot spacer corrector

Small changes make a big difference

Lifestyle changes can be implemented at home to address big toe pain. I have worked with a number of clients with toe pain and we have come up with a couple of additional solutions:

  • While driving, ensure that the ball of the foot, rather than the toes, are making contact with the gas pedal. Relax the muscles and tendons of the toes by resting the heel on the car floor and bringing the driver seat closer to the wheel.
  • Wear thick soled shoes, such as Altas or Danskos, especially when experiencing pain.
  • Be sure to swap out old shoes for new ones. Shoes only have so many miles in them so be sure to treat your feet and get a new pair of shoes every 6 months or so. I like to have 3 pairs of shoes on rotation every week.

Book an acupuncture treatment to treat bunion pain

We specialize in treating big toe pain at Healing Acupuncture Clinic. We offer traveling acupuncture appointments performed in the comfort of your own home. We service Denver and Aurora, Colorado. Book your next service with Stephanie and harness your body’s ability to heal. Please text 720-515-8501 for availability.

Yoni Steaming

What is yoni steaming?
A Yoni steam is a steam bath therapy used with or without herbs for your pelvic bowl. It is a universal practice that is mainly utilized for the promotion of postpartum vaginal health and rejuvenation. The practice is not just for women, however. Men can benefit from steaming, too. Yoni steaming is not a standalone treatment but rather an adjunct therapy to acupuncture, diet and herbs. It is something that you can practice safely in your own home and it feels amazing and delivers fast, effective, direct results. Yoni steaming is used for postpartum healing, treating prolapse, easing genital herpes, yeast infection and hemorrhoid discomfort. Steaming also calms digestive upset and eases constipation.
Where does Yoni steaming come from?
Yoni steaming is an ancient therapy that has been practiced for thousands of years. It has roots in many cultures and continents- Asia, South America, Africa and Europe. Yoni steaming has been called many other names. The practice of vaginal and rectal steaming has also been known as “Steaming the Jade Gate” and “vaginal rejuvenation.” No matter what you call it, it’s still used as a therapy to heal the body.
What is the mechanism of action of Yoni steaming?
Yoni steaming softens masses, lifts and tones muscles, detoxifies and purifies and calms the nervous system. According to TCM, yoni steaming promotes genitourinary health by promoting systemic circulation of qi and blood.  It also has influence over metabolism since it affects body temperature. It has numerous systemic benefits and improves gynecological and genitourinary health. Steaming has a softening effect and is great at reducing discomfort associated with hemorrhoids, fibroids and cysts. Steaming also releases tension and softens the pelvic floor muscles. It’s great at reducing pain associated with cramping. Steaming also warms the womb and calms the nervous system. For this reason, steaming is great at increasing fertility.
What are the benefits of Yoni steaming?
Yoni steaming is mainly utilized for the promotion of postpartum vaginal health after childbirth. Steaming has a lifting and toning affect on the vaginal muscles and helps the canal return to its original size. It helps to lubricate and detoxify and purify by helping to shed old tissue that becomes lodged in the uterine lining. This is a key reason why it is used for postpartum health. Steaming can be used as a preventative health measure to regulate menstrual flow and ease discomfort and cramping. Women can track their cycles and steam 3 days prior to and after the onset of their monthly cycles.  When you feel your PMS symptoms becoming heightened or aggravated, you can turn to yoni steaming therapy to self heal. Yoni steaming is not just for women. Yoni steaming has influence over the rectal area and lower digestive tract and the large intestine. Steaming can help men to improve libido and address erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. It can also help address digestive complaints of colitis, constipation and infection.
Is Yoni steaming safe for everyone?
Yoni steaming is not for everyone. Women who are pregnant should not perform steaming. Men should take caution not to expose the scrotum to heat. Consult with your acupuncturist to see if steaming is right for you. Those experiencing the following symptoms should not perform steaming:
  • genital itch or burning
  • women who are pregnant
  • women who are actively bleeding/on their period
  • women who are actively experiencing hot flashes (not during a hot flash)
  • women who are trying to conceive during the time of ovulation
  • women who have had their tubes tied
  • women with IUDs and contraceptive arm implants
  • women who experience spontaneous or continual bleeding between periods
  • women who experience 2 periods per month
  • people with a tendency toward mouth/genital sores
  • high blood pressure
  • low blood pressure
What do I need to perform a Yoni steam?
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The basic tools needed to perform a Yoni steam include: a pot, 1-2 quarts of boiling high quality FILTERED water, 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and a cloak of some kind to trap the steam. Herbs are not necessary. A chair is not necessary- modified child’s pose is sufficient. The optimal chair would be one that has an opening in the middle of the chair to allow for optimal absorption through the rectal and vaginal canals. A basic steam is performed by sitting over a pot of steaming salt water for about 10 minutes. Watch this Youtube video entitled, How to Properly Steam at Home for more information and clarity.
What should I expect to happen after steaming?
Yoni steaming has a powerful effect on the large intestine and genito-urinary system. After performing a steam, clients may experience discharge or an urge to empty their bowels. These effects are perfectly normal and should not cause alarm. Sex is ok after a steam.
Common herbs used for yoni steaming
While herbs are not necessary for yoni steaming, there are some common herbs that can be used for therapeutic effect:
  • Nettles
  • Red raspberry leaf
  • Motherwort
  • Rose petals
  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Hawthorn leaf
  • White sage
  • Peppermine
  • Spearmint
  • Lemon balm
  • Yarrow
  • Orange peel
Yoni steaming for self care
Yoni steaming is a great self-care practice. Utilizing yoni steaming therapy at home allows you to take your health into your own hands and can be a source of empowerment.  Yoni steaming can help you increase awareness of your body and the many nuanced symptoms experienced on a day to day basis.

Lipo-Mino Injections for Weight Loss

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Lipo-mino injections are often referred to as fat loss injections. The mix contains a number of vitamins that, together, boost fat metabolism, increase energy and suppress appetite. Lipo-mino injections are the perfect addition to exercise and a healthy diet for weight loss. Injection therapy can help you fast track your weight loss goals and shed pounds faster. Read on to learn more about lipo-mino solution ingredients, functions and a typical treatment plan.

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What’s in lipo-mino solution?

The ingredients specific to Lipo-Mino Mix include methionine, inositol, choline, cyanocobalamin, L-carnitine, thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine and  methylcobalamin. These ingredients, especially inositol and choline, have been found to improve mental function and feelings of depression. Injections are injected IM intramuscularly and can be administered  once a week for 12 weeks.

Function of each ingredient

  • Methionine: helps break down sugars & carbohydrates and convert to energy
  • Inositol: Converts food to energy
  • Choline: Healthy nerve cells, cuts muscle recovery time, helps convert fat to energy
  • Cyanocobalamin: Energy, healthy nerve cells
  • L-Carnitine: Building blocks for proteins, helps body burn fat as fuel
  • Thiamine: Improves immune system, helps convert fat & carbohydrates into energy
  • Riboflavin: Increases metabolism, suppresses appetite
  • Pyridoxine: Promotes red blood cell production + converts food to energy
  • Methylcobalamin: Energy, healthy nerve cells, helps conert fat to energy

Meet the acupuncturist

My name is Stephanie and I’m a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Denver, Colorado. Schedule a lipo-mino injection with me to experience a increased energy and fat metabolism and get on the fast track to weight loss. I will make lifestyle and diet recommendations to help you reach your health goals. Together, we can reach your weight loss goals!

How does cosmetic acupuncture work?

How does cosmetic acupuncture work

You may have recently heard about cosmetic acupuncture and are wondering, “how does cosmetic acupuncture work?” or “does acupuncture hurt?” This article will discuss what to expect during a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, how it works and results of treatment.

During a cosmetic treatment, a licensed acupuncturist places small filiform needles on the face as well as on the body. Needles on the face will target facial motor points as well as your areas of concern, such as wrinkles below the eyes, frown lines between the eyebrows or acne scars on the cheek. Needles inserted at points on the body will address any constitutional imbalance that has given rise to skin imperfections, such as a weakened digestion or excess heat in the stomach or lungs. These body points will help to promote optimal physiological functioning by balancing the organs that contribute to beautiful skin (the stomach, lungs and liver) and sedating factors that have given rise to issues manifesting on the skin (dampness, heat, stagnation, stasis).

When a needle is inserted below the surface of the skin, it induces the body’s healing response. This healing response starts with a cascade of chemical mediators (fibrin, oxygen, macrophages, growth factors, collagen) sent to repair the tissue damage. This response also increases blood flow to these areas, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the site of repair, and strengthening the structural matrix with increased collagen. Results of treatment are increased tissue density, diminished lines and wrinkles and even moisture balance of the skin. These things together help to create a beautiful, lustrous appearance.

Cosmetic acupuncture targets specific facial motor points to help balance muscle tone to even out tissue density. Sometimes, wrinkles can be caused by an overuse of facial muscles. Your cosmetic acupuncture treatment will address those areas by calming your nervous system and relaxing the muscles. Other times, sagging can be caused by underuse or lack of function in facial muscles. Acupuncture works to reset the nervous system and create balance of muscle tone and nervous system function.

Cosmetic acupuncture works at many levels: chemical, physiological, structural and energetic. Cosmetic acupuncture works on a physiological level by promoting smooth blood flow to the face and throughout the body and removing stagnations/adhesions. It also works on a chemical level by inducing collagen, elastin and fibroblast production. These increased chemicals strengthen the structure and increases the integrity of the skin. Lastly, cosmetic acupuncture works on an energetic level by addressing the emotions that may be contributing to the repeated expressions that contribute to wrinkles and fine lines- skepticism leading to horizontal lines on the forehead, anger leading to lines along the nose or sadness leading to vertical lines along the cheek. Read more about the emotions and their representation as lines on the face here.

If you are interested in cosmetic acupuncture treatment to address signs of aging or acne, please book an appointment here. If you are not sure if acupuncture is right for you, please feel free to book a free 15 minute phone consultation to get the chance to have your questions answered. You can also check out my FAQs page to see some commonly asked questions. I look forward to working with you!

Written by Stephanie Salinas, Licensed Acupuncturist

How to minimize your pain response to acupuncture

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Acupuncture treatment should not hurt. The experience is meant to be a relaxing and a place where patients are encouraged to open up about their health concerns and possibly take a nap. Some patients, however, can experience pain during needle insertion. While this is cause for concern, minimal pain is a normal response. The level of pain felt can be influenced by certain conditions and lifestyle choices. Thankfully, there are steps that patients can take to minimize their pain response.

What acupuncture treatment can feel like

Acupuncture is performed by the insertion of needles into the body’s surface. Needles are hair thin, but can produce discomfort or pain upon insertion. Most patients feel a pinching, electric or burning sensation upon needle insertion. I describe the sensation as similar to a mosquito bite- annoying but tolerable. Pain, however, should not occur for an extended period of time. Discomfort or pain felt during treatment should be fleeting and manageable. 

Find a skilled acupuncturist

Finding a skilled and gentle acupuncturist is the next step to having a relaxing treatment. There are many different treatment approaches, theories and styles. Some acupuncturists use traditional Chinese needling techniques, known to be a little forceful in order to illicit “de qi” sensation. Other acupuncturists practice a gentle infant style of acupuncture that utilizes shoni shin tools on the skin’s surface, rather than needles. And there’s all sorts of variation of needling techniques in between! Feel free to ask your acupuncturist about their needling technique and willingness to accommodate your sensitivities.

How acupuncturists minimize your pain response

Acupuncturists can use coated needles and gentle needling techniques in order to minimize discomfort. Thin needles feel like almost nothing at all upon insertion and are generally used on areas of the body with less muscle mass. Thick needles are necessary when needling into thick muscle and tissue layers. Seirin silicone coated acupuncture needles have a smooth finish and allow for a gentle and painless insertion. Gentle needling technique, such as needling superficially or using little to no manipulation, can also decrease a patient’s pain response.

How to minimize your pain response

Most patients would rather not feel any pain during acupuncture treatment. There are a number of things that patients can do to minimize their reaction to pain. It is within the patient’s control to have a pleasant and relaxing acupuncture treatment. Patients should try to rest during treatment, ensure they are well hydrated, avoid caffeine and avoid taking medications the day of treatment in order to have a relaxing experience.

Rest During Treatment

Patients should try to rest and not move during treatment. Moving the body after needles are inserted engages muscles and tissues surrounding the needles. Moving can also reposition needles which will add tension to the insertion area. I encourage all patients to communicate their level of comfort so that needles can be readjusted or removed as needed.


Patients should try to calm their mind and put away any fears about receiving treatment. Anxiety about needles can be avoided by closing one’s eyes and breathing deeply during treatment. Humming is also a great tool for focusing and calming the mind. If patients are not comfortable with certain parts of their body being needled, they would do well to communicate that before treatment begins.


It is of the utmost importance that patients meet the body’s minimum requirements for hydration. In general, a person should drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound of weight, every day. For example, a 100 pound person requires 50-100 ounces of water daily. Clinical studies have shown that dehydration has been linked to headaches, rheumatism and low back pain.

Avoid caffeine

In order to prevent a painful response to acupuncture treatment, patients would do well to decrease their caffeine intake before treatment. As mentioned, caffeine could inhibit acupuncture analgesia, preventing the relaxing effects of treatment.

Acupuncture works

The benefits of acupuncture far outweigh the risk of pain. Acupuncture truly balances mind, body and spirit. Treatment smooths the flow of blood, which decreases blood stagnation and eases pain. Doing so will calm the mind and, therefore, calm the spirit and allow for more restful sleep. I believe that if patients are willing to overcome the fear of needles and the minor discomfort they may cause, they will see that acupuncture is able to address issues well beyond their chief concern.

Get in touch

If you are interested in receiving all-natural, pill-free and non-toxic cosmetic acupuncture treatment in the Denver area, feel free to book an appointment. If you have any questions about general acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture or anything else, please book a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you. Feel free to check out other blog posts, including “Redness on the face: What does it mean?” And “Cosmetic acupuncture is more than skin deep.”


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Cosmetic Acupuncture is More Than Skin Deep

By Stephanie Salinas, LAc., MSAc.

With all the product and service options available to treat your skin concerns, you’re probably asking yourself, “Should I try cosmetic acupuncture?” And,“Is cosmetic acupuncture effective at treating issues relating to the skin?” The answer is a resounding yes! Cosmetic acupuncture uses needles to stimulate collagen production in addition to treating the underlying emotions that produce the wrinkles.

Is cosmetic acupuncture a trend?

Cosmetic acupuncture is both currently trending and is part of traditional Chinese medicine, whose written record dates back to the fourteenth century. Traditional acupuncture consists of insertion of many small needles into the skin and muscles of the body. There are twelve channels and 365 points that traverse the body. Six channels have point locations on the head and face. Acu-points on the face can be used as both a diagnostic and treatment tool.

How acupuncturists diagnose the face

According to the article, “Facial Expression Analysis” by Matsumoto and Ekman, 

“the face is intricate and differentiated, making it one of the most complex signal systems available to humans. The facial muscles are the only somatic muscles in the body attached on one side to bone and the other to skin, making facial movements specialized for expression. People use the facial muscles to signal their emotional states.”

Acupuncture theory uses the location and depth of the wrinkles of the face to diagnose the patient’s emotional state. Certain emotional expressions require activation of specific functional muscle units in order to be expressed. The activation of facial movements that have become habitual can create lines and wrinkles that can give clues to habitual emotions within a patient. For example, a patient with vertical wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, tends to exhibit habitual anger or indecisiveness. Facial acupuncture treatment will focus on increasing collagen production at the site of the wrinkle in addition to calming the emotions of anger and indecisiveness. 

Acupuncture theory can also diagnose the appearance, moisture, texture or color irregularities of the skin, eyes and face. Each of these components can give clues to underlying imbalances that may exist in a patient. For example, a patient with dry, flaky skin may be presenting with dryness and yin deficiency. Facial acupuncture treatment will focus on increasing blood flow to the face in addition to stimulating overall blood flow. A licensed and skilled acupuncturist can diagnose a patient by visual inspection and address the underlying causes giving rise to imbalances.

How cosmetic acupuncture works

In a cosmetic acupuncture treatment, the needles can be inserted to the skin, muscle, tendon and bone layers of the face and scalp. Needles able to reach the bone layer of the face because the muscles and tendons of the face are relatively thin. Acupuncture works generally by inserting needles into specific acu-points, stimulating the immune system and initiating a healing response. When acupuncture needles are inserted in the face, they cause a micro-trauma which signals the immune system to stimulate fibroblast production. These fibroblasts transform into new collagen fibers, that simultaneously create new structures and integrate into the existing structural network of skin cells. The result is a more even skin surface, more blood flow and more moisture. 

Is treatment invasive?

I know what you’re thinking- does it hurt? Please read my previous post, “How to minimize your pain response to acupuncture.” Treatment should be a relaxing experience. Any sensation of pain should be brief and manageable. I tell my patients to feel free to communicate their level of comfort.

Treatment is not invasive and will not leave scars. There is a small chance of bruising, but your licensed acupuncturist will take steps to prevent that from happening. Your licensed cosmetic acupuncturist will work with your body and its natural processes to create smooth blood, lymph and emotional flow to help you reach a level of optimal health.

Results of treatment

Cosmetic acupuncture has been shown to treat signs and symptoms affecting the face, such as neuralgia, palsy and atrophy. In addition, cosmetic acupuncture has also been shown to improve collagen production.

Get in touch

If you are interested in receiving all-natural, pill-free and non-toxic cosmetic acupuncture treatment in the Denver area, feel free to book an appointment. If you have any questions about general acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture or anything else, please book a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if acupuncture is right for you. Feel free to check out other blog posts, including “Redness on the face: What does it mean?” And “How to minimize your pain response to acupuncture.”


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Hi, I’m Stephanie

I’m Stephanie, a licensed acupuncturist and dog mom in Denver, Colorado. I specialize in cosmetic acupuncture because it enables me to truly help others. By addressing skin concerns, I help to cultivate patient self-esteem. Helping people is my passion and I work to help patients find a natural approach to their health. Acupuncture, skin care and nutrition are my solutions.

My Approach

My approach to treatment includes examining the skincare regimen, identifying mental-emotional imbalances and addressing nutritional deficiencies. Chinese medicine works to find balance in the whole being- mind, body and spirit. We will talk about movement, lifestyle, nutrition and ways to give our bodies what it needs to stay healthy.

Using acupuncture, in addition to the patient’s immune system, I work to address signs of stress and aging- sagging, wrinkles, redness, dryness and acne. Results of treatment include lifted and tighter facial muscles, smoother skin texture and a more luminous and even skin tone. Above all, patients experience more even qi, blood, lymph and emotional flow. It’s all about keeping you and your body’s processes flowing smoothly.

In addition, I also specialize in the treatment of emotional imbalances. We tend to wear our emotion on our faces and, when particularly strong or prolonged, these emotions will have a semi-permanent impression on the face. During your treatment, I will visually assess the lines of the face and place needles in order to reduce their appearance in addition to treating the underlying emotion. Through my patient-centered approach, patients will find added value, confidence in their appearance and overall well-being.

Why start a wellness blog

I am starting a wellness blog to inform others of Chinese medicine solutions to health concerns. I have studied Chinese medicine for about three years now, and continue to learn new things everyday. Chinese medicine has a rich history with a focus on whole body health. Mind, body and spirit are tenets acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

My superpower is research. I read daily about Chinese medicine and health. Each new patient is a new opportunity to prepare for and become familiar with specific conditions and treatment. I am fascinated by the human body. And if you knew all that I do, you would be, too!

Get in touch

I love reading, yoga and weight lifting. I am always available for marketing collaborations. If you want to chat about acupuncture, fitness or anything else, don’t hesitate in reaching out!

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