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Who We Help

Digestive Health

Digestive Health
Happy Couple with Digestive Health

Acupuncture, nutritional counseling, herbs, and Chinese medicine work collaboratively to restore balance and increase communication between systems within the whole body when diagnosing and treating digestive disorders. Acupuncture is an effective, widely accepted, non-habit forming, non-invasive alternative to the traditional Western model. As there is no cure for many disorders such as IBS, allopathic medicine often opts for management of individual symptoms with medication or ongoing psychotherapy. Blanket treatments are difficult to apply in Chinese medicine

Every person’s lifestyle, individual physiology and response to treatment is unique and presentation of root imbalances in the body vary widely.

Normal digestion usually takes anywhere from 24 to 72 hours, and begins right when food enters your mouth. Throughout this process, your digestive system manages with uncanny precision to break down food into microscopic pieces, absorbing the necessary nutrients to restore health and vitality to the body and excreting only what cannot be used. Exciting research has shown that there is direct communication between the gut and the brain along what is known as the gut-brain axis, linking emotional and cognitive centers of the brain and central nervous system with gastrointestinal function. 


Imbalances in normal digestion can look like chronic or recurrent abdominal pain or discomfort, a lack or excess of bowel movements, irregular stool consistency, chronic fatigue, or a lack of nutrient absorption. Symptoms like these, as sufferers know all too well, can affect almost every aspect of life, from nutritional intake and sleep habits to basic daily functioning. This can give sufferers an inaccurate overall view of their own ability to obtain and maintain a state of health and wellness.

Acupuncture, responsibly sourced herbs prescribed by an experienced herbalist, nutritional counseling and Chinese medicine treat digestive issues by:


  • maximizing communication along the gut-brain axis.

  • assessing diet and nutrient deficiencies with comprehensive lab work and individualized nutrition counseling and care plans.

  • reducing overall stress.

  • reducing systemic inflammation.

  • improving quantity and quality of sleep.

Acupuncture table at The Medicine Tree

At The Medicine Tree, we offer comprehensive insight into your current digestive state with micronutrient panel blood tests, stool analysis, and other lab testing. Our customized nutrition plans provide clients with a personalized plan of action that aligns with your unique nutritional needs to help welcome positive lifestyle changes into your life.


Diseases like IBS are often caused by root problems such as chronic stress, trauma, diet, bacterial overgrowth in the gut, hormonal imbalance, or broken communication along the gut-brain axis, among others. Treating these underlying problems with a holistic approach that considers a patient’s mind, body, and spirit can restore balance and reduce the painful interruptive symptoms that so often go hand and hand with digestive disorders.

Symptoms Treated

Leaky Gut
Food Sensitivities
Chronic Fatigue

* Individual results vary. No guarantee of specific results is warranted or implied and your results will depend on many factors (full disclaimer).



"Just finished my second appointment @TheMedicineTree in Golden. I am feeling so good today and looking forward to feeling great. The combination of Keri Schroeder’s functional whole food nutritional approach and Dr. Roper’s Chinese herbal medicine/acupuncture is medicinal magic! I must say for the first time dealing with my gut issues over the last 10 years, I feel hopeful!"


- D.C.

Ailments We Treat


  • Smoking cessation

  • Drug or alcohol addiction

Autoimmune / Immune System

  • Lupus

  • HIV / AIDS

  • Allergies

  • Systemic inflammation

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • MS

  • Chronic Fatigue

  • Anklyosing spondylitis


  • Hypertension

  • Angina pectorals

  • Arteriosclerosis / cholesterol

  • Hypoxemia

  • Palpitations


  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

  • Dermatitis

  • Aging (wrinkles, age spots, dullness, dark circles, pufffiness)

  • Rash


  • Sinusitis

  • Tinnitus

  • Vision issues

  • Sore throat

  • Common colds

  • Hay fever

  • Epistaxis


  • IBS

  • Crohns

  • Ulcerative Colitis

  • Ulcers

  • Gastritis

  • Bloating

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Hemorrhoids

  • GERD

  • Reflux

  • Food sensitivities

  • Malabsorption

  • SIBO

  • Candida


  • Bladder infections

  • Bladder prolapse

  • Frequent urination

  • Prostate issues

  • Shy bladder

  • Painful urination


  • PMS

  • Painful periods

  • PCOS

  • Endometriosis

  • Menopause

  • Irregular cycles

  • Infertility

  • Hormone imbalance

  • Menstrual clots


  • Hyper / hypothyroid

  • Weight regulation

  • Fatigue


​Mood Disorders

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Chronic stress

  • PTSD

  • ADD / ADHD


  • Low back pain

  • General chronic pain

  • Sciatica

  • Tennis elbow

  • Arthritis

  • Neck tension

  • frozen shoulder

  • Tendinitis

  • Sprains

  • Muscle spasms

  • Bulging discs


  • Migraine

  • Epilepsy / seizure disorders

  • Chronic headaches

  • Trigeminal neuralgia

  • Parkinson's

  • MS

  • Lyme disease

  • Bells Palsy

  • Effects of Stroke


  • Morning sickness

  • Vomiting

  • Fatigue

  • Back pain

  • Swelling

  • Breech baby

  • Common cold care

  • Depression

  • Headaches


  • Asthma

  • Bronchitis

  • Pneumonia

  • Common colds

  • Flu

  • Rhinitis

  • Chronic cough

  • Sinusitis

  • Lung Disease

  • Hypoxemia

Sexual Issues

  • Low libido

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Vaginismus

  • Premature ejaculation

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