Acupuncture and Integrative Health, LLC
PLEASE NOTE: In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), many policies and procedures have been implemented to keep you safe! All elective in person care has resumed. Telehealth is available and encouraged when deemed sufficient enough.
Updates and reminders (11/20/2020)
As restrictions strengthen around the state I want to share a few reminders:
- If you have traveled out of the state in the past 14 days please follow the guidelines set out by the PA Department of Health which you can find here.
- If you have any flu or cold-like symptoms or any COVID-19 specific symptoms please contact your PCP for guidance and reschedule your appointment for when you are well.
- If you have recently been in contact with anyone who has had a positive COVID-19 test or who has a pending test please reschedule your appointment until you know you were not exposed. (Exposure is 15 minutes (total) within a 24 hour period in close contact with an infected individual, even if you were wearing your mask).
Please complete the COVID-19 Pre-screen survey sent via e-mail and wear a mask to your appointment. Our office asks that you only come into the waiting area about 5 minutes before your treatment time. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Balancing spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of life.
Meet Kari Labagh, DACM
Dipl. OM, L. OM, CPHPCA
Born and raised in Elizabethtown, Dr. Labagh 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.”Dr. Labagh is passionate about integrating Eastern and Western approaches to healthcare.
Certification & Education
Nationally board certified Diplomate of Eastern Medicine (Dipl. OM), (NCCAOM).
Licensed in the state of Pennsylvania as a Practitioner of Eastern Medicine (L.OM.)
Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA).
Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine (DACM), 2020, from Pacific college of Health and Science.
Masters of Science in Traditional Medicine (MSTOM) and a Bachelor of Professional studies (BPS), 2019, from Pacific College of Health and Science, where she studied at both the San Diego, CA and New York, NY campuses.
Dr. Labagh 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).
“Honor the spirit, treat people while they are well to keep them well, teach people to sustain health.”Chinese Physician’s Oath
What is Integrative health?
A patient-centered approach that balances spiritual, physical, and emotional aspects of life by treating the whole person. Well-coordinated treatment plans between the patient’s care providers is desired.
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.
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.
Cupping: Cups used in the modern setting are made of glass, plastic, or silicone, 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.
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. 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: Stimulate points on the ear 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.
E-Stim: Many are familiar with using E-Stim during physical therapy or at home use with a TENS machine. When E-Stim is combined with acupuncture, we are able to target the muscle belly of the affected area, by attaching E-Stim clips to the acupuncture needles. This therapy is great for sciatica, acute or chronic pain/injuries and much more.
Benefits of Eastern Medicine
Both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) has 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. Labagh is a general practitioner however, she has a special interest in the following:
Dr. Labagh is proud and humbled to share that she is a Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA). Palliative Care Acupuncture (PCA) can benefit the patient’s general comfort level. Safe and effective treatments may be used with all forms of terminal illnesses as well as the emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual stress associated with end of life. PCA can also be beneficial for family or loved ones who are suffering with loss and grief.
By appointment only.
8am-12pm & 2pm-7pm
1077 Dairy Lane
Elizabethtown, PA 17022