A Cup of Tea with Carissa!

Hey Carissa, why did you become a licensed acupuncturist?

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For as long as I have been alive, I have felt called to do healing work. Chinese medicine taps into healing at the level of mind, body and soul. The practitioners of the ancient world understood this connection deeply and intuitively and have provided us with solid theory and tools that fuel the ability to heal on all levels. The birth of my son initiated a healing of great depth inside me and took me on a radical soul-akin journey inward. I began to understand the principles of Chinese Medicine in a whole new way. It was as if the secrets of the ancients began to reveal their wisdom to me and I was open enough to really hear it. My commitment is to guide each person back to their own vitality and inner wisdom.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

My bliss work is fertility support, guiding other female warriors through all stages of women's health (including postpartum difficulties), supporting women in rising up and stepping into the power of the feminine. I spent several years in San Francisco supporting hundreds of women on their fertility goals. It is an honor and an awe-inspiring journey to be a part of all the little miracles that have come into being. After baby is born, all the focus goes towards the baby. I have found that the mothers need more of that attention and care as the transition to motherhood begins. We all have a vital force within in us and it is my goal to support others in sustaining that connection even through the hardest of days.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?

Lifestyle medicine is an emerging concept that involves caring for yourself in ways that allow for the full expression of your potential in this world. When we remove the noise of the toxic world we live in, we elevate ourselves and remain connected to the path that brings us the most joy. Self love is expressed through self care. Meditation, nourishing food, detoxification practices are essential parts of my daily practice akin to brushing my teeth or eating breakfast. This daily commitment leads to the opportunity and ability to connect with the truest version of myself. This level of healing is possible and within reach.

What distinguishes you from other licensed acupuncturists?

For the past decade I have been treating patients in San Francisco with an expertise in fertility, postpartum care and mental health issues. My approach is truly holistic. All components of a person’s life can impact their health. This is an understanding that I hold with each person as we, together, unearth the etiology of the imbalance and allow for healing to unfold. I see each person I meet along this path as whole and capable of healing. 

What do you love most about being part of the Herb + Ōhm team? 

The team at Herb + Ōhm is truly committed to the well-being of the patient. It is an honor to be a part of a team with such high integrity.