About Jason Blalack, M.S., L.Ac.

Jason 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 medicine (acupuncture, herbs, cuppingmoxibustion)
  • Functional medicine (supplements, lab testing, etc.)
  • Life-style (diet, meditation, core beliefs, etc.)

His passion for healing came from having to heal himself from an undiagnosable chronic illness in his early 20’s. Without relief from over 20 doctors and years of suffering, he began his deep study into alternative medicine. Because of this journey, he embraces a truly holistic approach, addressing the mind, body, and spirit to awaken transformation and to bring back vitality.

Special interests include:

  • Gastrointestinal disorders (i.e. food sensitivities, IBS, Crohn’s, etc),
  • Woman’s disorders (e.g. menstrual irregularities, infertility, endometriosis, fibroids, etc),
  • Autoimmune disorders (celiac, Hashimoto’s, rheumatoid arthritis, etc)
  • Mental / Emotional (anxiety, depression, sleep, etc.)
  • Endocrine disorders (thyroid, adrenal etc)
  • Dermatology (e.g. psoriasis, eczema,  acne, urticaria, contact dermatitis, etc)
  • Chronic fatigue / chronic infections.
  • Detoxification (Liver, environmental toxins, biotoxins, mold)

I can help you awaken transformation through refined acupuncture and my precise ancient knowledge of medicinal herbs. I will design a personalized treatment designed to help you integrate and heal the physical, emotional, and spiritual body. Your treatments are modified as you change and heal.”

Testimonials

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Education & Experience

Jason has been in clinical practice for over 15 years. He has eight years of formal education in integrative & complimentary medicine- a Bachelor’s Degree in alternative medicine from Union Institute in Cincinnati, and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego.

  • International lecturer  and author of the acclaimed herbal text, Qin Bo-wei’s 56 Methods: Writing Precise Prescriptions & numerous articles published in professional medical journals.
  • Studied, in China, medicine, language, and translation over the span of 7 years, including a close mentorship with Dr. Wu Bo-Ping, who Jason co-authored the above book with.
  • Moderator and owner of two of the most active online functional medicine discussion groups and Chinese Herbal forums.
  • Teaching:  Involved in long-term training for other Chinese medicine practitioners in Australia and the U.S.
  • Licensed in Colorado, California, and has passed both the national and California board exams.

 

Jason and his mentor Wu Boping 2007

Jason’s mentor, Wu Bo-Ping (China, 2007)

Wu Bo-Ping & Jason (Hangzhou, China, 2007)87 year-old Yang Shao-Shan – “The Panda” (China, 2009)

When a physician devotes all his abilities to treatment, there is no disease under the sun he could not cure. If the disease is not cured, in my opinion this is due to the physician not having devoted all his abilities to the treatment (Cao Renbai – Famous Pre-modern Physician).”

Jason’s Treatment Style:

Acupuncture:

Needle-pictureJason’s utilizes Japanese & Chinese styles, which the majority of which are a harmonizing gentle  shallow insertions to balance the body, mind, & spirit. For those sensitive patients Jason offers a non-insertion PAINLESS style of acupuncture. He integrates classical & modern methods to not only alleviate symptoms and complaints, but also treat the root imbalance.

For musculoskeletal disorders Jason uses a integration of Chinese acupuncture and Western anatomical approaches (based on trigger and motor points) to create a manual firing and resetting of the muscle. This can instantly release tight muscles. Often he will use thicker Chinese-style needles for more athletic patients. These complaints usually revolve conditions such as tendinitis, ligament and meniscus injuries, decreased ROM, etc..

Most internal complaints, though, require Chinese herbs for full relief.

Herbal Medicine

IMG_6274Jason has made an extra effort to excel in herbal medicine and has made it a cornerstone of his practice, as well as life passion. It is rare to find someone with his level of expertise in the West. Jason mostly uses bulk herbs, writing individualized formulas, specific for a patent’s disease and underlying condition.  See: What are bulk herbs, and what are the differences between them and other delivery methods.)  

Functional Medicine

Jason started studying functional medicine over 20 years ago. He utilizes alternative and mainstream lab testing and supplements when needed. Through his experience he finds that less is more and the more discerning the practitioner is the expensive testing and supplements are kept to a minimum. See Jason’s article on the benefits and deficiencies of functional medicine.

Jason’s Philosophy on Healing:

Jason integrates his passion for healing and Chinese culture into his practice. His qi-gong and Zen meditation practice, as well as his study of classical Chinese medical and philosophical texts, helps ground his incorporation of modern Chinese and Western research. In recent years he has deepened into the exploration of the mind-body connection grasping the subtle movements of qi that occur from our mental, emotional, and spiritual activity, resulting is various physical discomforts. Bringing awareness and healing to these aspects is essential to fully healing.

1023633978586451747Preventative medicine: One of the oldest classical Medical texts says, “You can’t build a well once you are thirsty.”  Chinese Medicine has always a great emphasis on preserving vitality, anti-aging, and preventing disease and thus strong at diagnosing and treat problems long before they manifest into serious Western disease. Jason pays particular attention to early warning signs based on the tongue, pulse, and symptomatology to help eliminate developing pathological patterns. Coupled with functional medicine, these two form a solid foundation for preventative medicine as well as what many call anti-aging medicine.

Serious and Complex Health Issues: Sometimes we are faced with a serious disease resulting in an undesired quality of life. I am often asked what Chinese medicine can do for these kinds of conditions? I am always hesitant to use the word “cure” although sometimes this does happen. More realistically, Chinese medicine can many times offer an increased quality and quantity of life. This may be from directly putting the disease into remission, or merely a result of reducing the need for pharmaceuticals, and decreasing side-effects from current drugs.. Although every situation is individual and must be evaluated on a case by case basis, there are some generalities that exist based on my personal experience of treating certain disease states. Please feel free to e-mail or call with questions.

After reversing a serious health issue myself, now 20+ years ago, I not only understand what it takes to turnaround a difficult condition, but the psychological burdens, as well as possible physical limitations, that can accompany serious disease. Consequently, I have made it my life goal to help people in such situations. Fortunately,   if a serious disease has emerged, Chinese Medicine has many tools to address it. Most important is Chinese medicine’s ability to support the body’s natural ability to fight disease. This is a major distinguishing factor between Chinese medicine and Western medicine.

Integrative Style / Functional medicine:

I have a long time interest in, what many are now calling, functional medicine. Many years before I started with Chinese Medicine I began studying Functional or naturopathic medicine. Now I incorporate many of the tools into my practice. Actually, functional medicine has a very similar map of the body as compared to Chinese medicine. Both systems look for underlying causes and mechanisms that are contributing to symptomatology. I find that Western diagnostic information, looked at through such a lens, can be extremely helpful in helping inform a wholistic treatment strategy, even when based on such a seemingly foreign system such as Chinese medicine.

I will use various mainstream and alternative diagnostic testing to help better assist with the overall picture. I like to always place such tests in the framework of Chinese Medicine allowing for a truly integrative approach. Examples of testing that I will use are:

Comprehensive Metabolic Profile:

This is a conglomeration of tests which evaluate the functions of the major systems in the body. This test helps specifically identify underlying imbalances in the body, giving a thorough and holistic perspective into a person’s condition.

I find that this test offers a great complement to Chinese medicine, because both models (both the functional medicine model and the Chinese medicine model) look at the relationships of major systems (i.e. the digestion or the liver) and how this impacts the overall picture of health and disease. This strategy is very useful for people who have not been able to get a definite diagnosis from Western medicine, or for those who are just not satisfied with Western medicine’s explanation / solution to their problem. Furthermore, when multiple systems are affected, this approach can give a guide to what area to target first.

The major systems tested are:

Detoxification  How well does your body perform this important function?

B-Vitamin Status With stress, B vitamins get burned very quickly. These vitamins are essential for a multitude of normal functions of the body.

Food Allergies – Tests for IgG response to the 30 most common food allergens.

Neurotransmitter levels – How much dopamine, serotonin, etc. is your body producing?

Energy production – Mitochondrial energy production assessment via citric acid cycle components.

Gut dysbiosis Tests for specific dysbiosis markers for bacterial and yeast overgrowth.

Fatty acid balance -Evaluates the amount of omega-3 and omega-6’s in the body, as well as the ratio to other inflammatory fatty acids (i.e. Arachidonic acid from meat). This latter ratio gives an indication of relative inflammation in the system which can contribute a plethora of problems.

Oxidative damage (oxidative stress, free radical damage, & ROS damage) and anti-oxidant sufficiency markers

These test can be done at home with a urine collection and two blood pricks. I have found this test extremely useful for people with difficult or complex conditions. This is a very comprehensive test that I offer at practitioner cost (as for all tests) for the convenience of our patients.

Hormone profiling

This approach is multifaceted and uses urine, saliva, and/ or serum to evaluate systems like the endocrine system (i.e. thyroid & adrenal glands) as well as fundamental organs like the liver. Testing for things like TSH, T3, T4, free T3, free T4, rT3, cortisol, DHEA, estrogen (2,4, & 16-OH), progesterone, androgens, pregnenolone, etc. can give a holistic picture geared for troubleshooting complicated cases or just preventative health.

Testing complete profiles (vs. isolated hormones) can give a broader picture and illuminate how various systems in the body are interacting helping achieve a treatment that involves correcting the root imbalance. Supplements are chosen to correct imbalances in known relationships instead of always just trying to supplement with a perceived deficient hormone. For example, many people are thought to have hypothyroidism when in fact they are producing too much cortisol (because of stress) inhibiting the proper conversion of T4 to T3. Supplementing the thyroid with something like synthroid will only aggravate the problem, and clearly will not take care of the root problem. Granted many people are just hormone deficient and need supplementation, but looking at the whole picture can eliminate unnecessary supplementation as well protect against potential harmful side-effects many times brought on by improper hormone replacement. I can help evaluate if you current regimen is beneficial or causing more harm than good, or help put together a supplementation program to correct such imbalances. Such decisions, as mentioned above, are always considered in the framework of Chinese Medicine.

Adrenal Testing

Map out the 7 stages of adrenal exhaustion looking at cortisol, DHEA, and other markers with four readings throughout the day.

Detoxification Profile

This profile will measure how our liver is detoxification function is working. Most substances, including our own hormones like estrogen, need to pass through the liver and become broken down into nontoxic substances that can be easily excreted. It is especially common, due to our lifestyle and diet, that our liver does not function properly and instead of producing harmless substances will produce dangerous ones (i.e. carcinogens) that are further then released into the bloodstream. These harmful substances can cause immediate problems or contribute to long term future disease. One can test how well your liver is handling its job and correct any issues if needed. This plays very nicely into the Chinese Medicine’s view on how the Liver functions as well as corresponds nicely many of the signs, symptoms, and diseases that typically occur when there is a Liver imbalance.

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Food Allergy Testing

I use a couple of 3rd party lab’s to test potential food sensitives or food allergies.

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Gastrointestinal testing

This test is used to identify how much good and bad bacteria inhabits our gut, identify possible harmful microbials (such as yeast, fungus, parasites, etc.), and specific markers helping to determine gluten sensitivity, how much inflammation exists, as well as the overall health and vitality of the gut’s immune system. Furthermore it looks at how well one’s digestion, absorption, and pancreatic function is working. The testing I use utilizes breakthrough DNA technology enabling it to detect parasites at up to 1000 times more accurately than previous widespread testing from some of the biggest companies around. This very new technology has found parasites that many other tests have missed in the past, helping unravel some difficult gastrointestinal cases that have come my way.

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Heavy metal testing

I primarily use urine collection with a provocation agents to help identify possible heavy metal toxicity. However I will also on some occasions use hair analysis to follow the progress of our treatment.

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Mainstream Western blood panels

Although not necessarily alternative, I find Western medical blood panels to be extremely helpful in understanding the complex relationships in the human body. I wait encourage patients to bring in all testing that they have gathered over the years, because many times there are small details that have been overlooked.

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Preventative heart panels

There are a couple of expensive heart panels that I use helping to evaluating potential risk for heart disease. Although markers such as for inflammation are looked at, most important is the very detailed look at cholesterol which goes far beyond the overly simplistic total cholesterol, HDL, and LDL. As it is very clear now, one can have low cholesterol and be more of a risk for heart disease than someone who has high cholesterol. This kind of test looks at all the various particle sizes and risk factors that more correctly identify risk.

I use other tests as well. Please feel free to send me an e-mail with questions that you may have. Some of the companies that I prefer are: Metametrix, Doctors data, Genova (Great Smokies), Diagnostechs, Spectracell, and Berkeley Heart Labs.

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Detoxification – How well does your body perform this important function?
B-Vitamin Status – With stress, B vitamins get burned very quickly. These vitamins are essential for a multitude of normal functions of the body.
Food Allergies – Tests for IgG response to the 30 most common food allergens.
Neurotransmitter levels – How much dopamine, serotonin, etc. is your body producing?
Energy production – Mitochondrial energy production assessment via citric acid cycle components.
Gut dysbiosis – Tests for specific dysbiosis markers for bacterial and yeast overgrowth.
Fatty acid balance – Evaluates the amount of omega-3 and omega-6’s in the body, as well as the ratio to other inflammatory fatty acids (i.e. Arachidonic acid from meat). This latter ratio gives an indication of relative inflammation in the system which can contribute a plethora of problems.
Oxidative damage (oxidative stress, free radical damage, & ROS damage) and anti-oxidant sufficiency markers

Please email me if you have further questions, I will be happy to explain things in more detail if needed.