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Botanarchy's mission statement is 'Botanical Medicine For Body Autonomy'.

Botanarchy Herbs & Acupuncture is committed to providing accessible, radical healthcare while giving a voice to alternative viewpoints from marginalized areas of medicine. We believe that botanical medicine enhances the body's innate capability to heal itself, empowering the patient as the healer. 

Learning how to use traditional medicine is an ancient art that puts the tools for change in your hands, inspiring healing, self-care, body mastery, and life-long habits you can share with your family and community. Whereas the western model of medicine often leaves patients feeling misunderstood, condescended, and under-served, our approach is one of support and engagement that goes beyond simply treating acute disease. This is why our model succeeds in both preventing disease and treating chronic illness.

It is not about 'popping a pill' for passive symptom relief. It is about taking an active role in your wellness to treat the root of what ails you, and igniting your inner healer. This path engenders a true state of body autonomy,  freeing the patient from a reliance upon privatized healthcare and allopathic methods that often harm the body and undermine its intelligence, allowing you to make informed choices that support your body's natural rhythms.

An homage to the cabalistic power of plants, Botanarchy bows down before their profound provocations of healing and gnosis, for those who seek out the magic in the Milkwort, the mysteries in the Mandrake, the lasciviousness in the Lichen, and the ecstasy in the Eleuthero.

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Carolyn Barron,

Carolyn is a licensed and California board certified acupuncturist, herbalist, and nutritionist based out of her hometown of Los Angeles. She went down this path because for-profit industrialized medicine made her feel hopeless and disenfranchised, and she longed for the tools to take care of herself and her community when the system failed to protect and sustain them. Growing up a writer entrenched in the feminist movement, she has always been fervently motivated to shift the paradigms & politics of women's bodies, and bridge the chasm between body and spirit by re-acquainting women with the magic of their biology. She believes medicine is a dynamic force that is ever-evolving, and is comfortable fusing her western clinical experience with diverse fields of natural medicine to provide holistic primary care to her community.

As an acupuncturist at the Venice Family Clinic Integrative Medicine Chronic Pain Program, a clinical intern at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, and as the manager of a functional medicine practice specializing in chronic disease, she has spent the last 11 years in a clinical setting, supporting patients and their families through nutrition, needles, and natural medicines. Enshrined in her temple of saps, twigs, roots and resins, the gristle of her life has been teaching herself and others how to master the arcane as a vehicle for self-healing and self-reliance. Committed to destroying the institutionalized lies our culture propagates about food, wellness, consciousness and the body, she teaches her patients self-governance through ritual and DIY medicine, as tools of healing, self-care, body mastery, and eradication of externally-imposed dogma. 

To schedule an appointment with Carolyn, you can email or call (213) 265-4853.