Alysha Barbour grew up in a northern California town about the same size as St. Helens. So when she decided to move her acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, it seemed a logical choice to move it here.

“I’m excited about being here,” she said. “Everyone is so warm and gracious.”

Barbour is a licensed acupuncturist, having attended a 4-year program at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland and completed a multiyear residency.

She is relocating her practice from northwest Portland, where she has seen patients for the past six years. Her new office, located across the street from the St. Helens Post Office, is warmly decorated in an oriental motif. It’s soothing and inviting; a stark contrast to the clinical sterility of a medical office.

Barbour’s practice, named Well Within, centers around traditional Chinese medicine. Many of her patients come to her for women’s health issues. Acupuncture also treats muscular and skeletal pain, often resulting from injuries, she says.

The scope of treatment is quite robust. It comes from complete medical treatment.

Chinese medicine and other alternative forms of treatment have seen a growth in popularity in recent years. While insurance companies are not required to cover acupuncture, many Oregon plans do. Barbour says over 70 percent of her patients pay through insurance. The result of increased access, she says, is more people trying non-traditional treatments.

Barbour is willing to do a complimentary evaluation to help potential patients determine if treatment is right for them. Her office is currently open three days a week, while she winds down her practice in Portland and you can schedule an appointment by calling 503-914-9058. You can learn more about Barbour’s practice at www.wellwithinsthelens.com.

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