Acupuncture | Thrive Acupuncture & Wellness | Rapid City, SD

Thrive Acupuncture & Wellness

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific acupoints along the skin by using thin sterilized disposable needles.  Stimulating specific Acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of energy between organs and throughout the body.

The main objectives of Acupuncture:

  1. Relieve pain and other various symptoms
  2. Strengthen and support the immune system
  3. Balance and integrate the functions of the organs so they work together harmoniously rather than in isolation

THRIVE: Getting the Root of the Problem


Acupuncture is a form of healing which balances the essential healthy energy flow – or Qi (chi) –  throughout the body using the body’s own resources. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Qi flows in channels – or Meridians – like a river system throughout the body. Each major organ is associated with its own Meridian which in turn are connected to all the other organs, muscles, bones and joints.

Disruptions of the flow of healthy Qi patterns are caused by our everyday environment as well as injury, trauma, unhealthy lifestyle choices and disease.

Alan and Nic at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness are passionate about their patient’s well-being and have helped so many men, women, and children heal and lead healthy, balanced lives.

At Thrive Acupuncture, the treatment environment is very important and believe that only in complete relaxed state can healing and change take place. Often a patient will drift off during an appointment and awaken refreshed and rejuvenated.


Learn More: ALAN SUHR                    Learn More: NIC KRUEGER

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THRIVE: Expertise


• Women’s Health

• Men’s Health

• Pediatrics

• Fertility

• Pre & Post Natal Wellness

• Hormone Balance

• Back-Joint Pain

• Preventative Health

• Stress

• Chronic Fatigue

• Emotional Wellness

• Digestive Support

• Headaches

• Metabolism


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• Anxiety

• Depression

• Allergies

• Orthopedic

• Sport Injuries

• Internal Disorders


THRIVE: Other Therapies


• Chinese Herbs

Nic Krueger is a certified herbologist. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs work together because they work on the same foundation of Chinese medical diagnosis.  Learn More

• Cupping

A Chinese Medicine therapy in which heated glass cups are applied to the skin along the Meridians of the body, creating suction as a way of stimulating the flow of energy. Both Nic and Alan will use cupping during Acupuncture treatments as appropriate.  Learn More

• Qi Gong

Prounounced ‘chi gong’. Alan Suhr holds a Master of Medical Qi Gong certification. A yoga style practice to engage the mind, body and spirit. When coupled with Acupuncture, it is very effective because the goal of Qi Gong is to encourage the circulation of Qi – or energy – throughout the body.

• Moxa

Uses heated Chinese herbs with Acupuncture needles. Moxa sticks can be used on their own to stimulate an acupuncture point or can be used on a point where an acupuncture needle has been inserted. The intention is to warm and invigorate the flow of Qi at the treatment points.

• Gua Sha

A smooth-edged instrument is used to apply short or long strokes typically in the area of pain or on the back parallel to the spine.  In the Chinese Medicine tradition, pain is oftentimes caused by the stagnation of blood. Gua Sha breaks up the stagnation to promote blood flow and energy flow in the body – thus relieving the pain.

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