Carolyn Barron is a Physician Of Oriental Medicine, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and the owner of Botanarchy Herbs + Acupuncture in Los Angeles. The crucial praxis of her work en masse has been a systemic inquiry of how to reject authority, trust your own senses, and recover the capacity to taste and feel and sense for yourself. Her goal in both her personal development and her interpersonal work with patients is empowering the individual with the tools to recover authority over their own processes and regain autonomy over their own health.
Growing up a writer entrenched in the feminist movement, she has always been fervently motivated to shift the paradigms & politics of women's bodies. 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. She believes that medicine is a dynamic force that is ever-evolving, and fuses her western clinical experience with diverse fields of natural medicine to provide holistic primary care to her community.
She named her practice Botanarchy, which hearkens to the idea that medicine can be both a form of resistance and a reclamation of selfhood when guided by the wisdom of nature. The practice of traditional Chinese medicine in its purest form awakens the creative, gestative spirit of the body, helping patients discover their own Tao and supporting them in living it.
She has spent the last 12 years in a clinical setting, supporting patients and their families through nutrition, needles, and natural medicines. She treats patients of all genders, but considers her approach to medicine radical feminist health care, in that it is rooted in natural models that do not suppress the true nature of the body, and enhance connection to both the microcosm of the body and the macrocosm of the earth. She’s passionate about embodying a model of medicine that is not fear-based, shaming of choice, disease-driven, and authoritarian, one that instead embraces the cycles of nature to work in sync with the universal flow.