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Better Healing
A clinic - Helping you heal, not just feel better
A Limited Liability Company

Dr. Martin Retherford

By Appointment Only

Online Appointment



872 S Camino Del Pueblo
Suite E
Bernalillo NM 87004



Better Healing (BH) is a Veteran owned clinic and we are concerned about the process that results in your health. Most in our community do not realize that your health is indeed a process. The process of "You" specifically. By the time you are experiencing any symptoms, it is time to seek care. Earlier intervention for such symptoms, typically means a less invasive intervention. Basically, “An ounce of prevention, prevents a pound of cure”. So early is very important.

We work with all conditions but specialize in treating Pain and Chronic Illness. We provide exceptional clinical care for each person, one at a time, and specific to the stage of illness you are in to enable choice and dignity. We also bring you Health News and Research in both Western and Eastern understandings of the body on our website and Facebook.

We treat all illnesses except for Emergency Conditions. If you are having an emergency, please call 911 to activate Emergency Medical Services or find the nearest Emergency Department or Hospital.

How we treat is a combination of Acupuncture, Herbs, Exercise, Diet, appropriate Life Coaching, and where possible concurrent care. We work with all specialties on any given health challenge.



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We Accept:

- All Major Insurance Plans
- Credit Cards
- Monthly Wellness Plans
- We can customize a plan to your specific needs, examples as follows:

Maintenance Plan:
- 2 DOM visits per month*

Change Plan:
- 4 DOM visits per month*

Chronic Illness Plan:
- 8 DOM visits per month*

* Additional charges for Herbs, Testing may apply. Visits do not accrue.



M. Retherford, DOM

Martin Retherford, BApSc, MBA, MSOM, Dipl. OM, DOM

I am a National Board Certified Physician, specializing in East Asian Medicine (EAM). Licensed in New Mexico as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM). I work primarily on Pain and Chronic Illness but treat whatever comes. I seek to educate our community about EAM and work with all specialties to maximize the health benefit to my patients, one person at a time. I am published and I volunteer with UNM's Chronic Pain ECHO. I am a U.S. Veteran with background in Engineering, Projects, and Management.

Published Work:
How Systems Language is Injuring Patients
East Asian Medicine and Influenza

About Acupuncture

About Acupuncture


Better Healing has been asked a number of questions about East Asian Medicine (EAM) by many in our community. There is a general lack of knowledge of what EAM is and can do for your health. EAM has been used to treat all illness seen in Humans for greater than 2500 years. In fact, the EAM Practitioner of a 1000 years ago was the Primary Care Provider of the day. This means it has been used to treat Millions of people in that time.

If you have a specific questions please consult your local EAM Practitioner. We have captured many common questions in our FAQ and this introduction should help as well.

EAM is the umbrella label for the treatment modalities, jargon, and inter-relationships of a system of healthcare that has been utilized for greater than 2500 years. The modalities included in this label include acupuncture, moxabustion, tuina, cupping, guasha, EAM physical therapy, EAM dietetics, herbal pharmacopeia, exercise, and Breathing/Qi Gong practices. Please see the FAQ for definitions of these modalities.

EAM, is believed, to have evolved over centuries from the careful observations of people who sought to alleviate illness and suffering in themselves and others. From centuries of trial and error and careful observation this system comes to us as, perhaps, the safest medical system currently known. It is also from these centuries of trial and error that this system of medical care becomes a complete system of health care. Meaning it can be used to treat all illness. This does not include Emergency Medicine.

It should be noted that:
EAM is not a religion.
EAM is not tied to any political system.

It should be further noted that an EAM Specialist is called a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (DOM) in New Mexico. The scope of practice for a DOM is "all forms of illness." A DOM is educated in Pharmacology, Anatomy, Physiology, and Pathophysiology, in addition to EAM corpus of knowledge. The DOM title is granted by the New Mexico State Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. To be licensed in the state of New Mexico, National Board Certification is required. DOM's are recognized as Physicians similar to Medical Doctors (MD) and capable of providing primary care in New Mexico.

What some of the science says abour EAM.

Medical Conditions

Medical Conditions

The World Health Organization (WHO) seeks to have EAM in hospitals world wide by 2023. EAM is a part of the National Health Care Systems of Germany, France, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Singapore, Vietnam and many other countries. The WHO recognizes evidence for the use of EAM for the following conditions:

Evidenced Medical Conditions
Adverse Reactions to Radio/Chemotherapy Allergic Rhinitis/Hay Fever Biliary Colic Depression
Dysentry, Acute Bacillary Dysmenorrhea Depression Acute/Chronic Epigastralgia, Ulcer, Spasm
Facial Pain, TMJ Headache Primary Hypertension Primary Hypotension
Knee Pain Leukopenia Low Back Pain Fetal Malpositioning
Morning Sickness Nausea/Emesis Neck Pain/ Stiffness Tooth Ache
Periarthritis of Shoulder Post Operative Pain Renal Colic Rheumatoid Arthritis
Sciatica Stroke Elbow Tendinitis Induction of Labor
Evidenced Medical Conditions, Needing More Research
Abdominal Pain Acne Vulgaris Drug Dependence/Detoxification Bell's Palsy
Bronchial Asthma Cancer Related Pain Cardia Neurosis Acute/Chronic Cholecystitis
Cholelithiasis Competition Stress Syndrome Closed Craniocerebral Injury Diabetes Millitus (Insulin Independent)
Earache Epidemic Haemorrhagic Fever Simple Epistaxis Eye Pain - Subconjuntival Injection
Female Infertility Female Urethral Syndrome Fibromyalgia, Fasciitis Gouty Arthritis
Herpese Zoster Hyperlipidemia Insomnia Male Sexual Dysfuntion
Meniere's Disease Post Herpetic Neuralgia Obesity Osteoarthritis
Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome Premenstrual Syndrome Chronic Prostatitis Pruritus
Raynaud's Syndrome Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection Schizophrenia Sjogren Syndrome
Sore Throat Tonsillitis Ulcerative Colitis Urolithiasis
Vascular Dimentia Pertussis/Whooping Cough Pulmonary/Heart Disease Coronary Heart Disease
And so much more...



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Our Values

Better Healing's Mission:
Our Mission is to create a community of health conscious people, to enable exceptional health care no matter what stage of health or age, and act as expert partner with the community to prevent and alleviate illness for wellness, dignity, and choice. One patient at a time.

Better Healing's Vision:
Our Vision is to obtain better patient outcomes in the process of healing by using multiple systems of health care concurrently.

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