27 Nov 2012

By combining acupuncture, herbs, and a few simple Qigong breathing techniques, I have helped many people return their health picture to one of strength and wellbeing. Because I have been helped so significantly by Chinese medicine, I am passionate about introducing it to my family, friends, and community in my own acupuncture practice.

I am happy to discuss your health condition over the phone or in person at no charge. I have chosen a warm, quiet, and comfortable environment for you, so that you may deeply relax while receiving treatments. If you are nervous (or freaked out!)  by the idea of needles, please tell me.  I put people at ease immediately when I let them handle one of these tiny needles, so very different from those large, hollow hypodermic needles that everyone dreads. The usual response is  “These are like a hair!” and that is true. Often people will not even feel the insertion, and once the needles are in place, many clients fall asleep or achieve a deeply relaxed state. Alternatively, if the needle phobia is high, I will use the branch of Chinese medicine known as Qigong, which works on the same principle as acupuncture, without needles. Specifically, the body’s vital energy (qi) can be redirected, cultivated, and balanced by manipulating it along its meridians. Whereas acupuncture uses needles to accomplish this, qigong practitioners (and I am one), use our hands along with massage and cupping.

My location in central Santa Rosa, with abundant parking both in front and behind the building, makes getting to me quite easy. I accept credit cards, checks, and cash; many people are using their Health Savings Accounts to cover the payments.  I keep my rates affordable, and I accept insurance. My hours are Monday through Friday, by appointment.

Along with many of you, I have had a lot of personal experience with Western medicine, and I am grateful for all of its strengths. Acupuncture is an excellent adjunct to Western medicine, and it is unparalleled for its ability to both treat conditions and promote prevention.  I now say to all of you reading this, as someone luckily said to me years ago, “TRY IT.  YOU’LL LOVE IT!”

About the Author

Janet Barrows has a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley, CA. She is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist (L. Ac.) practicing acupuncture in Santa Rosa, CA. Her practice includes acupuncture, natural herbs, facial rejuvenation, nutrition, and medical qigong.