Dr. Rachel Farber, DAOM, LAc, is a Licensed Acupuncturist with over 20 years of clinical practice. She is also a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Clinical Nutrition for masters and doctoral students at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California.
In addition clinical practice, Dr. Farber leads online groups in her 21 Day Seasonal Reset Programs designed to help participants adopt an anti-inflammatory diet and radical self-care for a shift into long-term vibrant health practices.
Dr. Farber specializes in Women’s Health and Hormone Imbalance, Thyroid and Endocrine issues, Digestive Disorders and Mental-Emotional Health. Through Functional Integrative Medicine sessions that include hands-on bodywork, herbal and dietary support and thorough diagnostics and lab testing as necessary, she helps women overcome a wide variety of health problems, including:
- Hormonal Imbalances
- PMS and Painful Periods
- Hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Autoimmune Conditions Including Arthritis, Ra, Lupus and Mold Allergies
- Digestive Issues Including IBS, Ulcerative Colitis, Bloating and Pain
- Epigenetics and Supporting Genetic Mutations with Natural Medicine
- Mood Swings, Depression, Anxiety and Addiction
Dr. Farber has presented her clinical research on healing disordered eating using natural medicine at the California Society of Oriental Medicine annual conference and in a variety of journals and lectures. Her doctoral work focuses on using an anti-inflammatory diet to treat autoimmune disorders, including hypothyroid and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Dr. Farber is also a certified yoga teacher and leads retreats for students and the general public that combine yoga, healing food and the latest (and most ancient) in women’s medicine.
Dr. Farber's Journey
Dr. Farber first became interested in studying Chinese medicine in the midst of her own health journey. During her recovery from bulimia nervosa in her youth, she skipped her menses for several months and was recommended to consult an acupuncturist. The acupuncture and herbs — undertaken for a period of several months — restored her to a normal cycle and were also instrumental in her recovery from the eating disorder. The process instilled her with a life-long curiosity and passion for Chinese medicine. Though she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and ulcerative colitis in the aftermath of her eating disorder recovery, she learned how to heal her gut and take back her health; she went on to have two healthy children who are now in puberty. She practices what she preaches with a healthy lifestyle and an anti-inflammatory diet. In addition to the doctoring she does while administering acupuncture, herbs, supplements and bodywork, she coaches her patients in adopting a real-food eating plan that they can fit easily into their lives and that their families will enjoy!
The best way to discover if Dr. Farber can help you is to schedule a free 30-minute consultation.