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Acupuncture Physician Puts Full Body Health Before Symptom Relief

By Kelly Church

Nob Hill Community Acupuncture is a health and pain relief center in Albuquerque, NM that puts overall patient health before symptom relief. Eric Montoya is the primary physician at Nob Hill Community Acupuncture and Doctor of Oriental Medicine. He specializes in holistic health, treating all areas of the body, a point of differentiation for him against traditional western medicine. The facility operates on a sliding scale of payment, allowing acupuncture to be available to nearly everyone, should they need it.

Holistic healthcare looks at the body as a whole, instead of just the area of pain. He believes that pain involves the whole body, even though a patient may only feel it in one isolated part of the body.

He says that where western medicine sees one problem and one solution, his practice and Chinese medicine see hundreds of potential causes then treats both the symptoms and the cause of the pain. Montoya treats an array of conditions, including headaches, cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel, asthma and more.

Much of what Montoya does involves circulation of blood in the body. His treatment methods often involve clearing the bloodstream to more evenly and appropriately distribute nutrients throughout the body. Areas that are energy and nutrient deficient are in turn provided those nutrients, pain is diminished, the body begins to heal and patients are free of any side effects of western medicine.

"Acupuncture is great for many forms of physical and emotional healing," Montoya says. "As a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, my job is somewhat like that of a farmer irrigating his farm. With the use of needles, I can aid the rerouting of nutrients, energy and blood into parts of the body that may have limited or restricted flow. The more flow of energy in the bodily system, the more balanced the physical and mental state of the body become."

Montoya describes himself as an empath, someone who can sense other people's mental or emotional state. He says he discovered this skill as a teenager and that, typically, these mental and emotional imbalances show up as pain in the body. This ultimately led him to Chinese medicine and Nob Hill Community Acupuncture.

"I want to help people where I can," Montoya says. "It is very humbling to be able to help people get back on their life's journey, by aiding with their aches and challenges that happen along the way and serve as distractions to what could be a better life."

Nob Hill Community Acupuncture operates on a sliding scale of payment. This method allows the patient to determine what they can afford, while still receiving the appropriate treatment for their condition. The scale runs from $20 to $50 and there is a one-time $10 fee on the patient's first visit. The sliding scale philosophy allows acupuncture to be more widely available in the community.

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