About Ways of the Tao

Welcome to Ways of the Tao, where you’ll discover a holistic approach to restoring and maintaining physical and emotional balance and wellbeing… naturally.

Ways of the Tao specializes in ancient Chinese practices—including acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition— that help you establish and maintain a healthier and happier way of life. Founded by Debby Shapiro, L.Ac., more than 26 years ago, Ways of the Tao serves the greater Denver metro area and Southern Colorado, with convenient locations in Lakewood and La Veta. At Ways of the Tao’s acupuncture office, Debby offers individualized treatment plans that utilize holistic traditional Chinese methods of healing to improve your overall health.

Acupuncture in Lakewood and La Veta

Debby, who has been a licensed acupuncturist for more than 26 years, will work with you in a convenient location near you. She assesses the energy dynamics of your body and uses 5,000-year-old practices of Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition to enhance your quality of life.

Whether you’re experiencing symptoms of pain, fatigue, or chronic illness, or just looking to boost your overall health, Debby can help you reach your desired level of wellbeing. Make an appointment to visit Ways of the Tao acupuncture clinic in Lakewood or La Veta today.



Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine: Healing Your Whole Self

Traditional acupuncture and Chinese medicine are wonderful ways to experience a more natural way of living. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are timeless practices that support growth in all dimensions of life, including physical, emotional, mental and spiritual.

At Ways of the Tao acupuncture offices in Lakewood and La Veta you can take advantage of painless Chinese acupuncture and individualized Chinese herbal prescriptions, which will aid in the treatment and prevention of illness and pain. The treatments and herbs will also strengthen your body’s inherent ability to maintain health. Licensed acupuncturist Debby Shapiro helps improve your body’s innate ability to maintain a healthy state while giving you the tools to maintain and enhance your health for years to come.

Are you experiencing physical, emotional, or mental symptoms that are reducing your overall quality of life?

We incorporate acupuncture, herbal medicine, and clinical assessment of nutrition to treat patients with a wide variety of ailments, including but not limited to:

  • After COVID symptoms,
    aka long COVID
  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Anxiety
  • Auto immune disorders
  • Back pain
  • Belching
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Food cravings
  • Gout
  • Headaches
  • High/Low blood pressure
  • Hyper- and hypothyroidism
  • Insomnia
  • Jitteriness
  • Loss of energy
  • Lumbago
  • Motion sickness
  • Muscular degeneration
  • Nervousness
  • Obesity or excessive weight loss
  • Respiratory problems
  • Stiffness
  • Twists and sprains
  • Tinnitus
  • Tremors

By incorporating traditional Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, and clinical nutrition treatments, Ways of the Tao emphasizes the treatment of the whole individual, which includes the body, mind, emotions, and spirit, rather than simply targeting specific parts of the body or single problems.

Debby Shapiro, L.Ac., develops a holistic plan for you that will facilitate the rebalancing of energy in the body. Clients report that the treatment reduces or eliminates their pain and discomfort, even more completely than they expected. Read what they have to say here. Clients also frequently experience additional benefits of improved energy, a sense of wellbeing, and resolution or other seemingly unrelated problems.

The right balance of energy is critical to living a healthy life. With Ways of the Tao’s time-tested acupuncture, herbal medicine, and nutrition plans, which are supported by thousands of years of Chinese wisdom, you will soon find yourself on a deeply rewarding path to recovery and holistic self-improvement.

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Your body’s ongoing health and wellbeing depends on the food you eat. In ancient Chinese medicine, each food has a particular nature: hot, warm, neutral, cool, and cold and each person has a unique nutritional requirement, based on body type and other factors. At Ways of the Tao expect a customized nutritional strategy based on your body’s requirements and the changes you want to make. Ways of the Tao combines scientifically proven clinical nutrition with ancient Chinese medicine and acupuncture to ensure you get the best treatment possible.


A display of healthful foods useful for healing through nutrition.

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

The efficacy of Chinese herbs has been noted over thousands of years of practice and proven by modern clinical studies.

Chinese herbs interact with the human body by way of resonance with its energetic system. Practitioners combine numerous herbs together in a grouping that is unique to the individual. These combinations are called formulas. Formulas convey a different message to each person, depending on that person’s body makeup. The goal of the formula is to help your body remember how to work in the healthiest manner possible, giving it the strength to correct illness and discomfort.

The use of resonant treatment allows practitioners of Chinese medicine like Debby to create individualized treatments for each person. This is the key difference between ancient Eastern and modern Western medicine. By focusing on the unique energetic makeup of the individual instead of solely on the physical or emotional complaints, we can often make progress on issues that are difficult to treat with Western medicine.

At Ways of the Tao’s Lakewood and La Veta acupuncture offices, where no two clients are alike, Debby Shapiro, L.Ac., will develop custom Chinese herbal formulas according to your specific needs.

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Acupuncture has gained popularity in modern times as a powerful way to relieve the symptoms of many common ailments, including stress, pain, arthritis, and infertility. Practitioners have used acupuncture to treat billions of people in China for more than 5,000 years.

Traditional acupuncture is a comprehensive therapy that enhances the energetic healing system of the body. It helps to eliminate disease and fatigue from the body by addressing underlying energetic imbalances that cause both localized symptoms and many other seemingly unrelated problems. Rather than addressing symptoms with drugs or short-term treatments, acupuncture solves the problem at its root.

By using gentle needling techniques at acupuncture points along the meridian system, Debby rebalances the body’s energies. She facilitates the redistribution of energy in a way that strengthens the body and mind.

Are you ready to experience the positive effects from a visit to Ways of the Tao? Contact the Lakewood or La Veta acupuncture office to book your appointment today.

Phone and Video Consultations

Get your own traditional Chinese herbal formula prescribed and shipped directly to you

Ways of the Tao offers both phone and face to face video consultations. An initial visit will normally last between forty-five minutes to an hour so that a thorough health history can be taken. Once your needs are analyzed a formula will be sent to you via a certified US based Chinese herbal pharmacy. After you have used the formula for a week or so, a follow visit is recommended to assess your progress. Follow up consultations will normally only take fifteen to thirty minutes, depending on your response to the herbs and the complexity of your condition.

About Debby Shapiro, L.Ac.

Debby Shapiro, L.Ac., promotes health through the optimization of mental and physical wellbeing.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Debby is highly trained to handle many facets of her clients’ health needs. View Debby's resume here.

Debby has a love of learning and teaching as well as practicing. She graduated her Chinese Medicine Master’s program magna cum laude and hasn’t stopped studying since. In addition to her acupuncture practice Debby taught numerous subjects of Chinese Medicine between 1993 and 2020. She was an instructor at the Colorado School of Tradition Chinese Medicine, The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture (Gainesville Fla), and Southwest Acupuncture College (Boulder Campus). She retired from teaching in 2020 and now dedicates herself full time to practice.

In her free time she likes to hang out with her dog, garden, cook, attend concerts, and read. She loves being outdoors and swims in reservoirs as early and as late as Colorado weather permits.



With more than 10 years of nursing experience, Debby felt that there was far more to explore in the world of medicine. She discovered Chinese medicine and fell in love with the depth and breadth of it, as well as the ability it gave her to work holistically and naturally with each person. As a result, she has spent an additional 26 years in her Chinese medical practice, learning new techniques and teaching them to her students.

Needles used for acupuncture for pain relief.

Why Choose Ways of the Tao?


At the Lakewood and La Veta acupuncture offices, Debby uses a very gentle needling and treatment style to minimize pain and maximize results.


With more than 26 years of experience, Debby Shapiro, L.Ac., customizes her approach to treating your ailments, which results in more effective outcomes.


Your visits to Ways of the Tao are priced based on the time spent in treatment. Debby is happy to take your unique financial needs into consideration. Please discuss this with her directly.


Contact Ways of the Tao’s Lakewood or La Veta acupuncture office at 303-250-3044 for a complimentary phone consultation from Debby Shapiro, L.Ac.

Ways of the Tao’s Commitment to Care


You receive one-on-one, undivided attention each time you visit. No ringing phones, no multi-tasking. It’s all about you.


When you visit Ways of the Tao, you will see Debby Shapiro, L.Ac. No more guesswork when it comes to the level of treatment you will receive. She returns messages promptly and is available between appointments by phone or email to address your concerns.


Each treatment will be personalized according to your specific needs. No cookie-cutter approach here.


Q: Does acupuncture hurt?

A: The individual approach of your acupuncturist has a tremendous impact on your level of comfort and overall outcome. With decades of experience, rest assured that your acupuncturist, Debby Shapiro, L.Ac., will make you as comfortable as possible.

Specific acupuncture points in your body may be congested, which could lead to small energy shifts when an acupuncture needle is inserted there. This energy shift may make you feel a slight, but brief, “zing” during the procedure. If you feel any discomfort during your acupuncture treatment, Debby will be right there and reposition the needle so you are comfortable.

Q: Can acupuncture cure my anxiety?

A: When you receive acupuncture treatments from Ways of the Tao, Debby Shapiro will help balance your energy. As a result, you will experience less stress and fewer physical effects of anxiety. Many of Ways of the Tao’s clients report improved physical and mental balance, even after just one session.

I am an out of network provider for all insurances that cover acupuncture.



Cash discounted rates at the time of service.

Initial Visit: 1 Hour


  • 60 minutes
  • $2 discount for cash

Follow Up: 1 Hour


  • 60 minutes
  • $2 discount for cash

Initial Visit: Half Hour


  • 30 Minutes

Follow Up: Half Hour


  • 30 minutes

Discount Introductory Visit


  • One time only

La Veta

Please call, text, or email for appointments: 303-250-3044 or debby@waysofthetao.com.

Initial Visit: 1 Hour


  • 60 minutes
  • $2 discount for cash

Follow Up: 1 Hour


  • 60 minutes
  • $2 discount for cash

Initial Visit: Half Hour


  • 30 minutes

Follow Up: Half Hour


  • 30 minutes

Discount Introductory Visit


  • One time only

Herbal Consultation

Initial Herbal Consultation


Follow Up Herbal Consultation


Contact Ways of the Tao

If you have any questions, you can contact Debby Shapiro at debby@waysofthetao.com, or call or text 303-250-3044 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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