Ruth Graham - Acupuncturist
East meets West in Downtown Littleton, and it’s fun!
If laughter is the best medicine, then Ruth Graham is an easy pill to swallow. “If you’re not having fun at what you’re doing, what’s the point?” Graham muses. Combining her healthy sense of humor with an expertise in the field of acupuncture, most patients leave not just feeling better, but with a smile on their face.
Her background is diverse, including a Bachelors of Arts degree from Oklahoma Christian University, a Masters of Arts from the University of Denver and a Dipolomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She states that she also holds advanced degrees from some of this country’s finest thermometers.
Graham’s path to traditional Chinese medicine began with ongoing allergies that grew increasingly worse, despite Western medicines best efforts. She was treated for her allergies with NAET, an allergy elimination technique developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad. “It literally changed my life, personally as well as professionally.”
Soon after graduating from the Colorado School of Traditional Medicine, she studied with Dr. Nambudripad in California and began using this technique on her patients. “The results for allergy sufferers are truly astounding,” Graham says. Equally effective is the work she does with pain relief. After studying with Dr. Richard Tan and utilizing his Balance Method acupuncture strategies, Graham remarks, “It has changed the way I practice, and the pain relief my patients are getting is, in many cases, instantaneous.”
Knowing that Graham has experienced every healing method she utilizes as a patient, as well as a practitioner, can be a comfort to her patients. Graham states that she has tried every treatment modality, needling technique, diet therapy, and herbal regimen along with any other treatment method on herself as a patient before ever using it in her practice. If you want a healthcare provider who truly understands the patient’s perspective, you are in good hands here.
Graham frequently attends continuing education courses to stay current with the latest developments and techniques. When she isn’t attending seminars she is conducting them and will speak to interested groups and community organizations. She has spoken to local teacher’s groups, pain management and chronic illness support groups, at Whole Foods Markets among many other civic groups. She has also participated in Health Fairs for Lockheed Martin, the City of Littleton, Colorado Athletic Clubs, Qwest and other employee groups. She has been featured in the Littleton Independent newspaper, Littleton Life magazine, The Downtowner and written on various healthcare topics for Exclusively Littleton Magazine. She has been a guest on ESPN radio and KLZ talk radio in interviews about acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
Graham holds strong values about living and working in the same community. “It was my goal early on to live and work in the same community and give back to that community,” she states. To that end, she participates in local charities and is active in the downtown Littleton business community, as well as the South Metro Chamber of Commerce. Her name is included on a plaque outside of City Hall honoring the “Pioneers of Preservation.” She has served close to a decade as the President of the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association, so don’t be surprised to see her on the street at Littleton’s annual block party, driving or appearing on a float in the Western Welcome Week parade or manning the information booth at the weekly farmer’s market in the summer.
As a single parent of three young adults, Graham has more time now to focus on her thriving practice. She has expanded her practice three times since opening in 1998. Her first space was 750 square feet and had two treatment rooms. That gave way to another location on Main Street and when she outgrew that, she began scouting locations in Littleton for a place to purchase.
It was natural that when the old Lemke Meat Market became available, Graham put her money where her mouth is. She is now the proud owner of a building that was built in 1932. Graham’s vision for a multi-disciplinary healthcare clinic came true in July of 2005 when renovation was completed. Ancient Art Healing Center is now a 2,700 square foot multi-disciplinary clinic with four practitioners and nine treatment rooms.
While her clinic and her practice have grown, Graham still enjoys her work and spending time with each patient. Her commitment to excellence in healthcare combined with her love of her work makes for a fun visit to Ancient Art Healing Center. Just don’t be surprised if she needles you a little bit.