I Love What I Do as an Acupuncturist!

Pain and Chronic Conditions Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Depression, Migraines As with so many people, Fred came into my office with more than one issue plaguing him. He was limping slightly, so I knew that something was up with his low back/hip area. But IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) had become chronic since the loss of.. read more →

01 Jun 2019

Essential Oils and Acupuncture: AMAZING!

Essential Oils – Just Perfumes? I was quite skeptical when I attended my first weekend training on the use of essential oils in acupuncture treatments. Apart from some pleasant aromatherapy scents that might be a calming introduction to my office for our clients, I wasn’t sure if I was wasting time and money on this.. read more →

Try Acupuncture for Pain Before Drugs

Pain — a Four-Letter Word Sooner or later, we run into this four letter word in our lives, and it’s been around a long time in our evolution. But the way we treat pain varies widely across time and cultures. There is no doubt about it: pain is still a big deal. The Rise of.. read more →

06 Jan 2019

What to Expect from My Gentle Acupuncture Treatment

What to Expect I am going to begin by telling you what to expect when you come into my office and receive an acupuncture treatment — a gentle, relaxing acupuncture treatment with me, Janet Barrows. Fear of Needles? What I have learned in my years in this profession is that a huge percentage of people.. read more →

24 Feb 2018

Allergy Season — Whoa!

It’s Not Too Late for Treatment The good news this spring: that awful drought was vanquished — for the present, anyway. The bad news is that our beloved trees, grasses, and blossoms are bursting with pollen, and that affects many of you. For awhile, these late spring rains have held back some of the blooms,.. read more →

Migraine Relief with Acupuncture

Migraine Pain Of all the clients who come into my office with various aches, pains, and illnesses, those suffering the most acutely are dealing with migraine headaches. These headaches are excruciating, and life with chronic migraines is quite a struggle. Some folks are out of commission for as many as fifteen days a month. Western medicine.. read more →

How to Stay Healthy in Autumn Weather

These Autumn Breezes As with all seasonal changes, some aspects of autumn weather are anticipated with pleasure and others are cause for worry. The summer heat lets up and there’s something to relish about the crisp autumn air, even in California where seasonal changes are more subtle. With the fall and cooler weather, we begin anticipating.. read more →

Treating Stress and Anxiety with Acupuncture

The role of acupuncture, qigong, and Chinese herbal medicines for treating stress and anxiety has become undisputed as the evidence piles in. Almost one in five of the calls coming into my office are related to stress and anxiety. And questions about the effectiveness of Chinese medicine to manage these conditions are common. Almost 20%.. read more →

Energy Pathways of Chinese Medicine

How Acupuncture Works People keep asking me how this medicine works, so I thought I’d try to explain it as the Chinese viewed the body over 3000 years ago.  What actually happens within the body is still cloaked in some mystery.  But I’m getting an intuition and feel for it, and will attempt to explain.. read more →

Take Charge of Your Health and Wellbeing

Are you ready to take charge of your health and wellbeing?  Can Chinese Medicine help you with that intention? An excellent website from the University of Minnesota, Taking Charge of your Health & Wellbeing, lists numerous researched studies of the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM.  In addition to the research are descriptions of.. read more →

14 Feb 2014

Insomnia: Sleep Better with Acupuncture and Herbs

Chinese Medicine for Insomnia The subject of sleep has been coming up recently; clients are asking about the value of sleeping pills, how to fall asleep and stay asleep, and how to have a better quality of sleep. They wonder if my training in Chinese medicine can help them. Yes, it can! I believe that.. read more →

Power of Chinese Medicine to Heal

Because acupuncture and herbal formulas are being used to treat more and more of our modern illnesses and deep systemic disorders, I find myself continually amazed at the results that this profession is obtaining.  This latest example, published in our professional newspaper, Acupuncture Today, took my breath away.  The title is “Beating Tourette’s, Gaining Life”,.. read more →

Chinese Medicine and the Common Cold

The Merck Manual describes the common cold as an acute viral infection of the respiratory tract, with inflammation in any or all airways, including the sinuses, throat, larynx, and often the trachea and bronchi. Fever and more severe symptoms such as aches, chills, sore throat, etc., are usually characteristics of the flu. Why doesn’t Western.. read more →

Stress & Lifestyle

The American Way While a typical American diet (low in fruits and vegetables) is a causative factor in diseases, stress may share fully half the blame or more. The body responds magnificently to the occasional heart-stopping snap of a twig outside a tent flap. But the constant assault of fast-paced modern life is damaging. For.. read more →

27 Nov 2012