Acupuncture and Integrative Health, LLC
Meet Dr. Kari Labagh, DACM
Born and raised in Elizabethtown, Dr. Kari is excited to be bringing the benefits of Eastern medicine to the community.
The ultimate goal is to help individuals heal themselves by using less intervention and more nourishment of the mind and body. Balancing spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of life will help to promote long lasting well-being.
Certification & Education
Dr. Kari is nationally board certified as a Diplomate of Eastern Medicine (Dipl. OM), (NCCAOM) and is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania as a Practitioner of Eastern Medicine (L.OM.)
Dr. Kari has completed training/certification in facial rejuvenation using holistic microneedling, facial cupping/gua sha and cosmetic acupuncture to help bring awareness to the natural aging process as well as more in depth facial conditions.
She is also a certified provider of hospice and palliative care acupuncture (CPHPCA) as she takes a special interest in the emotional and spiritual components surrounding death and dying.
She completed her Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine (DACM), in 2020. Additionally she holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Medicine (MSTOM) and a Bachelor of Professional studies (BPS). Her education was completed at Pacific College of Health and Science.
Dr. Kari also earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Asian Studies, 2015, from The Pennsylvania State University, which she used to focus on learning about East Asian philosophy, religious studies and the Chinese language (Mandarin).
Additional certifications inculde:
- Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) (200 Hour YTT)
- Trauma-informed yoga teacher certification
- Yoga for anxiety certification
- Currently working towards the 95 hour Children’s yoga certification!
- Currently working towards American barre technique’s Barre instructor certification!
Benefits of Eastern Medicine
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have deemed acupuncture effective in treatment of a wide range of medical conditions. This includes but is not limited to low back pain, neck pain, TMJ, headache, dental pain, nausea & vomiting, post operative pain, allergies and depression. Acupuncture and Integrative Health uses evidence based acupuncture to make sure you receive optimal care.
Dr. Kari has a special interest in the following:
- Pain management
- Spiritual wellness
- Facial Rejuvenation (acupuncture, facial cupping and gua sha)
- Holistic Microneedling (collagen induction therapy)
Acupuncture: The insertion of needles into the skin where the therapeutic effect is expected to come primarily from the act of inserting, manipulation and/or retaining the needles in specific locations.
Movement & Meditation: Using knowledge of Eastern medicine practicies such as tai chi and qi gong as well as additional trainings through yoga practice, Dr. Kari can help give guidance on breathing techniques, how to succeed in meditation practices and movement suggestions as well as modifications that may be beneficial to your physical, mental-emotional and spirtitual health.
Gua sha: This method uses a smooth edged instrument to treat both acute and chronic pain. Like cupping it helps to promote cirucluation and reduce inflammation. Please note that gua sha is also used in treatment for facial rejuvenation and is referred to as “Facial gua sha” in that setting. When used on the face, gua sha will not leave any markings after treatment.
Cupping: Cups used in the modern setting are made of glass, plastic, or silicone. They create a partial vacuum that causes the tissue to stretch into the cup. I like to say, it is like a reverse massage. It can treat acute or chronic pain and inflammation by promoting blood circulation on the surface of the target area. Please note that cupping is also used in treatment for facial rejuvenation and is referred to as “Facial cupping” in that setting. When used on the face, cupping will not leave any markings after the treatment.
Moxibustion: A form of heat therapy where dried Mugwort, also called “moxa,” is burned on or very near the surface of the skin. Moxa warms and invigorates specific areas on the body where it is applied and can help restore balance in the body and stop pain.
Tui na: This treatment is used as an adjunctive treatment to a typical acupuncture session or can be used as a treatment method on its own. Tui means “to push” and na means “to lift.” It uses traction techniques, with the stimulation of acupressure points. This type of massage is used in the treatment of both acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Ear seeds: Stimulation of points on the ear with ear seeds as a form of therapy using the same theory as acupressure. The treatment of the ear with seeds is similar to reflexology and using pressure on certain areas of the feet to have an effect on corresponding areas of the body. The map of the ear is a microsystem of the whole body. The seeds are made from mugwort or are a traditional metal seed. Check out earseeds.com for more information!
By appointment only (Tuesday-Thursday)
Reception can be reached by phone the following days and times:
Tuesday & Wednesday between 4pm-7pm
1640R South Market St.
Elizabethtown, PA 17022