Ashley Crutchfield L.Ac


Ashley is a licensed Acupuncturist in her twenty first year of clinical practice, utilizing a gentle, effective style of Japanese acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. Ashley treats many different types of pain from carpal tunnel to sciatica. She specializes in difficult to treat chronic infectious and internal medicine disorders such as Lyme spirochete, Epstein Barr virus, Shingles virus, Human Parvo virus and Dengue virus. Please see ‘CONDITIONS TREATED’ for a complete list.

Ashley completed her Masters of Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1997. This four-year degree included extensive training and clinical hours in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine as well as moxibustion and nutrition. All of the Chinese instructors at IICM came from Chengdu University Hospital, China.

She studied Chinese herbal internal medicine with Dr. Yang at Chengdu University Hospital, China, and continues her herbal medicine studies with Dr. Zhao, her Chinese herbology teacher of 23 years now.

Ashley feels very grateful to have studied Japanese Acupuncture hands-on diagnostic palpation and treatment with the following senior teachers in Tokyo, Japan:  Toshio Yanagishida, Akihiro Takai, Shozo Takahashi, Michio Murakami, Yukata Shinoda, Koryo Nakada, Shuho Taniuchi, Tokunaga sensei, Stephen Birch, Junko Ida, Abe sensei, Ebana sensei and Shudo Denmai. She has travelled to Japan six times for in-depth hands-on training with the senseis. Here is a video of Ashley’s teacher Taniuchi-sensei in his Tokyo clinic:

Ashley earned her undergraduate degree in Biology from Reed College, Portland, Oregon. Her senior thesis in developmental biology involved centrifuging early frog embryos at zero gravity to see if it would reverse the dorsal-ventral polarity and it did. It was an exciting time to be in the lab! Several of these early frog development experiments were chosen by NASA under the direction of her advisor Professor Steve Black, PhD to go up in space. This turned in to a very amusing ‘Frogs in Space’ interview at the lab by the local news.

Ashley is a licensed Acupuncturist in the state of Colorado.

Ashley is Nationally licensed in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology through the National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, NCCOAM.