Welcome to Open Gate Acupuncture Clinic

Chinese Medicine and Functional Medicine


Jason Blalack is a globally recognized leader in the field of Chinese medicine and has practiced for over 15 years in Boulder, Colorado. He specializes in difficult to treat conditions utilizing Chinese herbalism, acupuncture, and functional medicine. His passion for healing came from having to heal himself from an undiagnosable severe illness in his early 20’s. He embraces a truly holistic approach, addressing the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual bodies to awaken transformation and to bring back vitality. For more details, read Jason’s bio.


Kate Blalack is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in Boulder, Colorado, specializing in internal medicine and women’s health. She utilizes Chinese and Japanese acupuncture, customized Chinese herbal prescriptions, Chinese dietary therapy and lifestyle counseling to treat diseases and promote optimum health in men, women and children of all ages. Kate is also a certified practitioner of Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture and Massage (aka Cosmetic Acupuncture). Kate’s website.

What is Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs?

Chinese Medicine, which includes both acupuncture and herbal medicine, has been an essential part of Asia’s health care system for more than 2000 years. Jason Blalack is certified acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist that integrates this ancient wisdom with modern Western research to help heal our contemporary diseases. Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can treat a wide assortment of health issues and diseases. Learn more about about the health conditions Jason has successfully treated with Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and functional medicine. Jason’s clinic, Open Gate Acupuncture is located in Boulder, Colorado.

What is Functional Medicine?

Functional medicine is essentially modern alternative Western medicine. It uses the research model of Western medicine but can implement newer findings sometimes years before mainstream MDs adopt it. In addition, functional medicine uses botanicals, vitamins, minerals, and other supplements instead of pharmaceuticals.

Most importantly, functional medicine shifts away from a disease-oriented approach and addresses the underlying cause, resulting in a more personalized medicine. It is a preventative, because it is notices imbalances or tendencies far before disease manifests. Chinese medicine is very similar to this and why I have chosen to integrate the two.

Chautauqua Herbal Apothecary

Our clinic is also home to Chautauqua Herbal Apothecary, Boulder’s largest and most active Chinese herbal pharmacy. We have over 400 Chinese raw herbs, hundreds of granular (powdered) Chinese herbs, and numerous kinds of encapsulated and pill forms of medicinals. We also have one of the best selections of Western nutritional supplements in the Boulder. We carry only the highest quality herbs and supplements. To learn about quality assurance issues, click here.

The essential part of Chinese medicine is the proper application of Chinese herbs. That includes the delivery method. In our clinic we have an inhouse apothecary that custom makes herbal formulas for you using traditional methods.

Learn more about Chinese herbal delivery systems.

Chautauqua Health’s Healing Modalities:

Chinese Acupuncture * Japanese Acupuncture * Chinese Herbology * Functional Medicine * Rolfing * Cranial Sacral * Cranial Visceral * Naturopathic Medicine * Therapeutic Massage * TCM

Practitioners Include:

Jason Blalack * Kate Blalack * Wolf Becker * Monika Chace * Chip Chace * Pat Ellinwood * Tara Faith Brockman * Sarito Carroll * Suzanne Picard *

Open Gate Acupuncture is formally Good Earth Acupuncture