Meet Your Practitioners: Barbara Vallarta

Barbara Vallarta Barbara Vallarta, L.Ac., M.S.T.O.M., D.C.C.M. is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, with a Master of Science in Traditional East Asian Medicine. She studied at both the Chicago and San Diego campuses of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, which included over 3,500 hours inacupuncture, herbal medicine, anatomy & physiology, and nutrition. Additionally, she received her Diplomate in Canonical Chinese Medicine from the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine.

As part of her clinical hours, Barbara completed internships with San Diego Cancer Research Institute, and UCSD's Owen's Clinic. She is a general practitioner, treating a broad range of medical conditions, but has a special interest in treating digestive issues, PMS and menopause, and all types of conditions due to chronic or acute pain.

Barbara approaches each treatment with compassion, listening carefully to patients' concerns, and creating a unique treatment plan for each individual. She incorporates dietary guidance and the importance of exercise, enabling patients to take a proactive role in their health and lifestyle.

What is Cupping Therapy?
Cupping is a technique involving glass cups and fire, which creates a vacuum that pulls the skin into the cups. Fire never touches the skin, as this technique feelspleasant- like a deep tissue massage! The suction of the skin into the cup enhancesblood flow to a specific area of the body where tissues were tight or painful. This treatment may leave a cupping mark on the skin, which is actually a positive sign that this treatment was needed. It floods the area with fresh, oxygenated blood, which is the first step in tissue repair.

What is Moxa?
Moxa (or moxibustion,) is a heat therapy used to invigorate the flow of blood in the body. Moxa is made out of the herb mugwart, (artemesia vulgaris,) and has many functions within Chinese medicine.

This technique is great for pain conditions, fatigue, gynecological/fertility issues, digestion problems, and disorders of the thyroid or adrenal dysfunction.

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To experience the health benefits of Japanese style acupuncture, contact us at the phone numbers listed below, or

Central San Diego Office
2852 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116
Phone: (619) 282-8068

Bonita South Bay Office
4514 Bonita Road
Bonita, CA 91902
Phone: (619) 470-4714


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