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Hello, I'm Eartha Armstrong, MSOM, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M. I look forward to working with you. First, I'd like to share with you how I became interested in Chinese medicine and what led me to become a licensed acupuncturist and clinical herbalist. I love what I do!
As a child, I was taught how to identify many native New Mexican plants near my childhood home by my mom, her herbalist friends, and from botany books that I would check out from the local library. I learned the different medicinal properties of the plants we would see in the mountains and high deserts. It was a lot of fun for me to point out the plants that I knew to my mother's friends as we'd hike in different areas. While studying the history of China as a child, I became insatiably curious about acupuncture and other East Asian methods of treating illness. Knowing that these methods have been successfully utilized for thousands of years fascinated me. For my eleventh birthday, I asked my mother for an anatomical acupuncture model that illustrated all its acupuncture points. I have carried that model with me through many moves over many years, and it stands in my office today as a reminder of my earliest interests in acupuncture and Eastern medicine.
I have also been greatly influenced by my own experience of receiving acupuncture treatments throughout my adulthood. At a young age, I began to experience asthma symptoms, and my condition soon became much more severe. This led my family to try several different types of treatment, including herbal and homeopathic medicines and breathing therapy machines. Unfortunately, we did not have much success. My asthma eventually became so severe that I was hospitalized after a terrifying incident in which I was almost entirely unable to breathe on my own. I was treated for the acute symptoms of my asthma and was given a rescue inhaler which contained a prescription medication that I was to use for future acute incidents. This helped to bring my asthma symptoms under control. However, the motivation of not wanting to be on medications for the rest of my life inspired me to seek alternative forms of care. Once I was living on my own and paying for my own healthcare, I began receiving regular acupuncture treatments and taking Chinese herbal medicine prescribed by my practitioner to treat my condition. The results were simply amazing! The regular occurrences of asthma symptoms that I had been experiencing for years became less and less frequent. I eventually stopped taking regular asthma medications and have since been able to maintain healthy breathing. I still carry an emergency inhaler in case I need it, but blessedly, I have not used it for many years.
After having experienced firsthand the results of successful acupuncture and herbal treatments, my early interest in Chinese medicine was rekindled anew, and I knew that I had found my calling. I am excited and proud to be a practitioner who can help others that suffer from asthma, acute and chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety, women's health, and many other conditions.
I received a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado, completing over 3000 didactic and clinical study hours. During the four years of study, I specialized in Chinese herbal medicine, sleep disorders, Dr. Tan's Balance method, Neoclassical Pulse Diagnosis, emotional and pain disorders.
Post-graduation, I spent time studying in Kunming, China where I had the amazing opportunity to follow Zhou Qing in her gynecology and fertility department at the Kunming Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine. I also worked with Dr. Tuesday Wasserman at The Birth Center of Boulder, where my focus was on women's health, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care. I now enjoy running a busy little practice in downtown Longmont, CO, where I get to do what I love to do every day - help people feel better.
I am humbled by the opportunity to practice as an acupuncturist and herbalist and to work with you to realize your body's potential for healing and wellness.