What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a healing art that may have originated in ancient China. Documents describing the practice date back to the first century BCE, while some believe archaeological evidence points to a much earlier origin: possibly as early as 8,000 years ago.

The medical theory of acupuncture centers on the concept of qi energy (pronounced “chee”). Qi is said to flow through the body’s energy pathways, known as meridians. Meridians match certain organs or groups of organs. Unlike Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine holds that disease is caused by an imbalance of this energy’s flow through the meridians.

In an attempt to unblock or otherwise redirect the flow of energy, acupuncturists shallowly insert very thin needles into specific points in the skin tissue. These points are called acupoints. There are different ways of counting the acupoints, but most systems catalog about 350-400 such points. Medical acupuncture is often used for pain relief, among other treatments, and is now covered by many insurance policies.

Cloudcroft Office hours​ 

                                 1 pm to 3 pm

March 4

April    1


(Dr Holder will be in town every 1st Sunday of each Month)

Cloudcroft Therapeutic Massage, LLC

Neuromuscular Therapists since 2003

Cloudcroft Therapeutic Massage

is proud to offer Acupuncture Therapy treatments as part of your health care choice

I am Keely Holder, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and I have been practicing acupuncture in New Mexico since 2010.  I received my National Diplomate and New Mexico State license shortly after graduating with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque. 

While studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at Southwest Acupuncture College, I also studied Japanese Meri​dian Therapy with Koei Kuwahara Sensei on the side. 

In my practice, I combine Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Meridian Therapy  principles to give my patients the most personalized and best treatment for them, by listening closely to  their body's feedback. 

I currently practice in Artesia and Roswell, and am excited to be joining the health care community in Cloudcroft!  

Contact Information

Dr. Keely Holder

(505) 917-2684

404 Burro St, Suite 201

​Cloudcroft, NM 88317

​(second floor of the new Electric Coop Building)