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Acupuncturist joins Hudson Wellness Center

Bartelt Acupuncture & Wellness Inc., owned by Kathy Bartelt, has joined the other businesses at the Hudson Wellness Center, 2424 Monetary Blvd., opening Jan. 1.

Prior to practicing at the Hudson location Bartelt was located in River Falls and said she came to the Hudson area for her clients' convenience.

Bartelt attended the Minnesota College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine to obtain her master's degree in oriental medicine, which includes instruction in acupuncture and Chinese herbs and requires eight years of schooling. She is also a licensed acupuncturist in Minnesota and Wisconsin and is a certified feng shui practitioner.

Prior to working as an acupuncturist, Bartelt worked as the director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-River Falls. She remains licensed as a certified public accountant and was featured in "On Balance," the Wisconsin CPA Magazine for her dedication to helping the needs of small business in Wisconsin.

"It was hard to leave a good-paying, rewarding career, but the love and support of my husband made it possible," Bartelt said.

"Several years ago, I had an accident that left me with severe back pain. After trying several unsuccessful treatment methods, I had acupuncture treatments and it really made a difference. I felt so much better and it really made a believer out of me.

"The interesting part is, you get treatment for back pain and then you realize that you are sleeping better and your mood is better, among other things. That is because acupuncture and herbs balance the whole body, mind and spirit."

She said traditional Chinese medicine has been used for 5,000 years in China, but wasn't introduced in the United States until around 1971. It includes various modalities such as acupuncture, herbs, cupping and feng shui (wind and water), known as the Chinese art of placement.

"Acupuncture can be used to treat a wide range of conditions," Bartelt said. "Many people know that acupuncture can help pain but don't realize that it can help in many other conditions like infertility, macular degeneration (an eye condition), mild anxiety and depression, hypothyroidism, to bolster one's immune system, dizziness and vertigo, bell's palsy, seizures, facial rejuvenation, arthritis and even to turn a fetus, just to list a few."

She said traditional Chinese medicine helps the patient's body heal itself.

"When receiving acupuncture, the nerves in the skin and muscles are stimulated by the penetration of small thin needles at acupuncture points. The insertion of needles into the skin causes the body to release natural painkillers, endorphins and serotonin, helping in pain reduction and healing."

Bartelt's office hours are Mondays, noon to 5 p.m.; Tuesdays, 2 to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m.; and every other Saturday. Other times are available by appointment.

Located in Suite 103 at the Hudson Wellness Center, Bartelt can be reached at (715) 377-7377, ext. 106, or Appointments for acupuncture and feng shui services may also be scheduled at under the massage category. A Web site is being developed at