About The Subtle Point
The Subtle Point is an alternative healthcare clinic providing services to clients in the Denver metro area, Denver Tech Center, Greenwood Village, Aurora, and surrounding cities. With recent developments in the healthcare industry both locally and nationally, The Subtle Point is poised to take advantage of the growing demand for alternative medicine services. Our clinic provides its patients with a balanced perspective between the conventional medical paradigm and the rapidly growing alternative medical field.
The Subtle Point offers several treatment modalities that can be successfully integrated with the patient’s current medical regimen as well as helping our patients achieve their maximum health potential and quality of life through Traditional Chinese Medicine including Acupuncture, Cupping, Herbal Therapy, Nutrition, Photobiomodulation, Exercise Tips, Meditation, Lifestyle Counseling, Holistic Bodywork, and more.
Hi There, I’m Mike
Owner and Licensed Acupuncturist
Michael Sugiura is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado and a Diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I grew up in Denver and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Colorado State University. Later, after working in finance and hating it, I earned a Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
I was drawn to this medicine because of a life long interest in herbal medicine and alternative healing methods. I was a skeptic of acupuncture and Chinese medicine for most of my life, and was in the boat that most people are in when they think it is a treatment that you have to “believe in” to work. It all changed after I convinced my girlfriend at the time to try acupuncture to treat an ailment that doctors said was going to be a life long problem, would require surgery to treat, and without surgery she was going to have zero chance of being able to conceive a child. Well that Groupon purchase paid off, after 5 treatments and a two months worth of herbs, the problem was resolved. My interest only grew from there.
I am thrilled to open The Subtle Point to serve my hometown to help my patients become become healthier and happier.
What I Offer
Acupuncture works by stimulating sensory nerves under the skin and in the muscles, with fine filiform (solid) needles. The result of this stimulation has been shown to: cause the body to release pain relieving endorphins, increase circulation at the site of needle insertion, reduce inflammation, etc.
Traditionally acupuncture is said to work by tapping into the meridians/channels that run along several different routes in and around the body, by utilizing specific points that were found to be of the greatest value and effect along those meridians/channels. Traditional theory suggests that most ailments begin with blockages, or stagnation as many in the acupuncture community calls it. This is because as one meridian gets blocked up, another gets less qi, therefore causing disharmony in one or more channels.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
For thousands of years Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have relied on herbal medicine to treat illness, alleviate pain, and to prolong health. It has been said that the greatest treasure that TCM has to offer is in the herbal formulas. Western herbalists often prescribe single herbs per conditions, however our herbal formulas were compounded to mitigate the side effects of certain herbs. Along with the proper diet, herbs can help resolve a health issue safely and naturally.
Gua Sha is a technique in which a smooth edged tool is used to scrape different body regions. The scraping increases circulation to the area, and helps to reduce inflammation. Usually a medicated massage oil is used as a lubricant on these regions, which also helps to better treat certain conditions. It is most often used for musculoskeletal issues involving pain and tightness, and traditionally it is frequently used to lower fever.
Cupping is a method of treating ailments by creating local, and temporary congestion. A glass cup and fire are used to create a partial vacuum over a small area of the body, which draws up the underlying tissue to improve circulation and creating space between the muscle and fascia. The sensation of cupping has been described as being similar to a deep tissue massage. Cupping is most often used to treat musculoskeletal conditions, common cold, and cough.
To aid in the resolution in many conditions, we will suggest modifications to a persons diet. These modifications can help in the healing process by: reducing inflammation, improving and easing digestion, resolving sickness faster, etc. My goal with this dietary advice is help you find a sustainable alternative to your current diet so that it will be easy to follow, and easy to modify to your lifestyle.
In these modern times, it is quite easy to neglect certain areas of our life that could help us feel less stressed, and feel healthier. The advice that I give is often simple and can include: incorporate a very short meditation session to your daily routine, pay attention to your breath in times of high stress or anxiety, start working out, spend more time in the outdoors, providing information on how to create a less stressful schedule, etc.
Try Your First Treatment for $19
With our natural, proven, and effective treatments we can significantly reduce your symptoms without drugs or drastic interventions. We do this through a combination of acupuncture, herbs, supplements, photobiomodulation, and diet and lifestyle modifications. Our clinic aims to utilize both ancient and modern techniques to help relieve your problems in the moment and prevent them in the future. With our techniques we have helped our patients reduce their pain, calm their stress, and improve their overall health.
3600 South Beeler Street Suite 150
Denver, CO 80237
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment please click the link below or call (720) 285-6251
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12pm - 8pm
Saturday: 10am - 7pm