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Botanarchy HERBS & ACUPUNCTURE

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

Founded by Carolyn Barron and William Ferguson- partners in both healthcare and beyond- 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, L.ac

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 10 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 carolyn@botanarchy.com or call (213) 265-4853.


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William Ferguson, L.Ac, Doctoral Candidate

William has enjoyed a love affair with the Far East since his childhood spent immersed in the simplicity of nature in rural Virginia. After studying at the University of New Orleans, he did his graduate work at Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, earning his Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine.

William believes the recuperative powers of the physical body, in conjunction with acupuncture, are truly extraordinary. He is passionate about bringing this experience to a public increasingly disenfranchised from both their health care and their own bodies. William has had the opportunity to work under imminent practitioners in diverse fields of complimentary medicine ranging from Japanese style acupuncture to orthopedics and pain management. As an intern at the Venice Family Clinic, William worked in the integrative Chronic Pain Program under Dr. Christine Chang and Dr. Myles Sparr. Currently, he interns under the sagacious Dr. Zhuoyi Qiu in the dual specialization of internal medicine and physical medicine in the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at Emperor’s College, where he is pursuing his doctorate with a concentration in Physical Medicine. Fascinated by the intersection of contemporary science and ancestral medicine, his doctoral research is focused on how acupuncture affects the Vagus nerve and its effect on the anti-inflammatory pathway.

In addition to practicing acupuncture and Oriental medicine, William is a long time student and occasional teacher of traditional Japanese martial arts. He also enjoys meditation and hopes to come back in his next life as either a deep-sea creature or a large rock. 

To schedule an appointment with William, you can email william@botanarchy.com or call (323) 336-4167.