Meet Dr. Kari Labagh, DACM
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.
Certification & Education
Dr. Labagh 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.) 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.
Dr. Labagh earned 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 Pacific College of Health and Science.
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).
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:
- Pain management
- Sleep health
- Mental-emotional health
- Spiritual wellness
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.