Guided by three primary objectives in purpose – Research, Education and Treatment – Healing Opportunities strives to support and promote acupuncture and functional medicine within the Santa Barbara community.
Healing Opportunities’ primary goal in regard to research is to generate and provide outcomes data that complements and furthers medical research in support of acupuncture and advances its use within functional medicine to better integrate traditional western medicine with other healing modalities, particularly acupuncture.
We are working to collaborate with medical facilities, agencies, and/or physicians in the community to accomplish this goal. Healing Opportunities will foster positive dialogue, communication, and integration between complementary medicine and traditional Western medicine.
Our latest concept is an ear acupuncture program proposed for local healthcare centers and hospitals to increase the integration of holistic healing into Western medicine.
In this program, the nursing staff will receive stress management care through the NADA ear acupuncture protocol for stress and trauma in the workplace. The research will encompass the compilation of data, in the form of measurable outcomes that identify the efficacy of [acupuncture] to improve absenteeism, minimize medication errors, and decrease levels of depression and anxiety.
Healing Opportunities seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of acupuncture for individual treatment, as well as to promote its positive effects within general medical practice, and within functional medicine by creating and promoting educational programs that increase knowledge and foster such awareness. By hosting Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Healing Opportunities offers training for acupuncturists and community members to learn integrative medicine techniques. Workshops featuring NADA ear acupuncture protocol are offered in a variety of locations, and for varying levels of interest and need. have ranged from Aroma Acupoint Therapy, Qi Gong, and posture therapy to NADA ear acupuncture. Become a Healing Opportunities Partner in Education.
Currently, we treat stress and trauma in first responders and community members through the Medical Reserve Corps and Doctors without Walls-Santa Barbara Street Medicine. You can find more information about our treatment programs and learn how to Get Involved and help provide treatment to the community. Our Sundays in Service program offers complimentary acupuncture on a quarterly basis, to all caregivers (individuals and professionals), including healthcare and caregiver practitioners and their staff. Treatment times and locations are available on our Community Calendar.