BRIAN BARLAY, L.Ac.
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

510.654.7040

BRIAN BARLAY, L.Ac.

In ancient China a doctor’s role was to help keep people well: to prevent them from getting sick. This was done through diet, therapeutic exercises, herbs, and acupuncture. The central theme of Chinese medicine’s several thousand year history is balance. Through observation by both patient and doctor signs of deviation from the body’s normal state of balance are detected and corrected early on, before they result in serious health problems.

 

My role as a health care provider is to help my patients live healthier more balanced lives. Lifestyle changes can be difficult and part of my role is to give encouragement. I am also very practical and meet people where they are. If you come to see me for your back pain, allergies, menstrual problems or headaches these will be our first priority. During treatment many patients find they slow down, relax, and reconnect with themselves. Acupuncture treatments can be profoundly restorative, giving one a feeling of vibrancy and health from the inside.

 

My acupuncture practice specializes in chronic pain, orthopedics, and sports medicine. Advanced training has evolved my style of treatment to be a hybrid of traditional meridian-based acupuncture and western anatomically-based treatment. This involves the use of trigger points in the muscles throughout the body with specific protocols for treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions.

 

My Philosophy

 

Acupuncture as primary care

As primary care, acupuncture and herbs treat a myriad of complaints that are not life threatening, but often compromise people's daily quality of life (such as fatigue, allergies, pain conditions, headaches, PMS, etc.) For these complaints and many others, acupuncture and herbs offer not only symptomatic relief, but assist the body to restore its optimal functioning and assure that problems will not easily return.

 

Acupuncture as complementary care

Acupuncture establishes an important intermediate niche in our current healthcare system. Western allopathic care is best suited to treating conditions that involve emergency medical care, or conditions in which the body can no longer sustain its functions without serious drug or surgical interventions. Many things fall short of this level of intervention, and while I wouldn't suggest using acupuncture to setting a broken bone or other severe trauma, it can be very useful in speeding recovery from such a trauma after western medical care has been provided. This is also true, post-surgically, to aid recovery or concurrently with chemotherapy to strengthen the immune system and reduce side effects from harsh yet necessary therapies. Many western medical providers are now recommending acupuncture to compliment their own treatment modalities as acupuncture further establishes itself within mainstream medicine.

 

 

ABOUT BRIAN

Brian Barlay, L.Ac. has over 30 years of experience in the healing arts. He received an Asian Studies degree from U.C. Berkeley in 1983. Graduating from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 1991 he then received post-graduate training at the Chengdu Teaching Hospital in Sichuan, China.

 

Brian was an Associate Professor on the faculty of the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley (AIMC) for over 10 years, teaching numerous classes in point location and clinical supervision.

 

He has been in private practice for over 23 years and founded the Temescal Acupuncture Center in 2003, creating an integrative clinic to serve the North Oakland community and beyond. He was recently voted best acupuncturist (“needle whisperer”) in the East Bay Express 2010 reader’s poll.

 

Working with a variety of healthcare providers, Brian has been the one of Kaiser Permanente’s acupuncturists of choice and has received referrals from more than 150 Oakland Kaiser physicians for the treatment of chronic pain.

 

Brian is a lifetime Oakland resident and has been married for 28 years and has two children. He has a 20 year background of teaching and practicing Tai Chi Chuan and is an avid, competitive tennis player.

 

Licensure

California Acupuncture Board, Lisc. # CA 4444 in 1993

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in 1991

 

 

 

Testimonials

 

Brian Barlay has treated me on many occasions and the results were always positive. I am a fitness trainer and have sent him many of my clients who were very satisfied with the results. He is professional and compassionate. I like the fact that he doesn't rush through the session, instead he sits and talks to his patients and really understands the problem before he treats them. I send him my clients because I personally believe in acupuncture, and really trust Brian Barlay’s knowledge and abilities.

–Sue D’Alonzo

 

In December of 2005 I experienced a debilitating back spasm that refused to subside, and for weeks on end I was in excruciating pain. I wasn’t comfortable sitting, standing or lying down, and was having major trouble sleeping. I’d been to a Chiropractor for an adjustment, which helped momentarily, but in less than a day I was again unable to move without tremendous pain and restricted range of motion. I was desperate for help and relief.

 

Brian Barlay’s intuitiveness in finding the source of my pain and his quiet, gentle manner in approaching the problem gave me a great deal of confidence in both himself as a healer and in acupuncture as a treatment option. After one session, I could walk upright again with perhaps 20% of the pain I’d been experiencing. A return visit a few days later and I was 100% cured of all pain. I am so grateful, and I would recommend Brian Barlay to anyone in need of gentle, thorough, effective treatment by means of acupuncture.

–Bill Thompson, walking tall in Canyon

ACUPUNCTURE

Acupuncture is the primary method used for treating conditions. It involves the gentle insertion of very fine needles into the sites that relate to the problem being treated. The needle elicits a particular sensation that stimulates a complex neurochemical response in the brain that cascades down through the body to the body area and system needing help. As a point location instructor at an acupuncture school for over 10 years, I have a deep and refined knowledge of location and insertion of the needles.


I have incorporated techniques of trigger point therapies that can regulate muscle function, reduce inflammation, and increase circulation to specific localized areas of pain.

 

ELECTRO-ACUPUNCTURE

Electro-acupuncture involves the application of a gentle electrical stimulus directly to the acupuncture needles to enhance their effect. It is very effective for the treatment of musculoskeletal pain-related conditions and something I frequently employ in my treatments.

 

HERBS

Herbs provide a gentle, gradual approach to healing. Often the herbs provide deep nourishment to strengthen weakened organ systems or immune system health in a way that Western pharmaceuticals do not.

 

NON-INSERTION TECHNIQUES

I have developed several techniques to stimulate acupoints by touching and holding either gold or silver needles to the points without penetrating the skin. This was learned from study with Dr. Iwashina who developed the use of these non-insertion needles over the last 30 years. This technique is more gentle and suitable for children, people in a weakened condition, or people for which typical acupuncture stimulation is too strong. I often employ this technique diagnostically to test the appropriateness of an acupoint I am considering for standard acupuncture therapy. I also employ a Japanese technique called Shoni shin that involves gently rubbing areas of the body with small tools. This is mainly used for children because they tend to respond better to gentler therapies.

 

MOXABUSTION

Moxabustion is a gentle but penetrating warming technique that can be used to enhance blood circulation to a specific area of the body. It can also be used to have a more generalize restorative effect.

 

CUPPING

Cupping involves using a glass jar and suction to stimulate blood circulation I use a technique that involves applying a liniment and sliding the cups over a region of the body. In addition to stimulating circulation it can also be a helpful diagnostic tool to isolate where a problem is stemming from, particularly when pain area has spread to a larger region.

 

NON-INSERTION TECHNIQUES

I have developed several techniques to stimulate acupoints by touching and holding either gold or silver needles to the points without penetrating the skin. This was learned from study with Dr. Iwashina who developed the use of these non-insertion needles over the last 30 years. This technique is more gentle and suitable for children, people in a weakened condition, or people for which typical acupuncture stimulation is too strong. I often employ this technique diagnostically to test the appropriateness of an acupoint I am considering for standard acupuncture therapy. I also employ a Japanese technique called Shoni shin that involves gently rubbing areas of the body with small tools. This is mainly used for children because they tend to respond better to gentler therapies.

 

THERAPIES

TEMESCAL ACUPUNCTURE CENTER

The center was founded in 2003 in the North Oakland neighborhood of Temescal. Temescal is centrally located and adjacent to Rockridge, Piedmont, and downtown Oakland. It is home to a diverse, eclectic community and after living in the neighborhood for 18 years, I felt it would be the perfect place for an acupuncture clinic. Our clinic has 4 licensed acupuncturists, massage therapist, nutritionist, and homeopath. We also have a fully stocked herbal pharmacy.

 

Historically a temescal was a Native American sweat lodge used for healing. Though we keep the rooms at a comfortable 71 degrees, we are continuing in our predecessors' healing tradition.

 

Temescal Acupuncture Clinic

APPOINTMENTS

To make an appointment, please call my office at 510.654.7040 or schedule online by clicking the button below.

 

 Please note: If you are a new patient scheduling your first visit, please call my office at 510.654.7040 to make your appointment. Returning patients may use the link below.

 

FEES

Initial visit: $125

Follow-up visits: $85

Sliding scale is available upon request

 

Please note: These prices reflect discounts for payment received at the time services are rendered. They are intended for patients who do not have insurance that covers acupuncture.

 

INSURANCE

Brian is contracted provider for:

Alta Bates Medical Group/UMR

Blue Shield

Cigna

Harrington Health

Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser Permanente requires a prescription from your PCP for acupuncture. Their criterion for acupuncture treatment is chronic pain.)

Sutter Select

 

It is very important to contact your insurance carrier to determine acupuncture coverage. If covered, we are happy to help you receive reimbursement for your treatment or bill your insurance directly if it is appropriate to do so.

 

Workers Compensation and Personal Injury claims are also accepted if the necessary authorization is obtained.

 

Patient Health-History Forms

Please click the following links to download the "Patient Health History" and "Informed Consent / Financial Responsibility" forms. Print them out, fill them out thoroughly, and bring them with you to your first treatment. Otherwise, please show up 15 minutes before your appointment, and you can fill them out at the clinic.

 

Patient Health History Form

 

Informed Consent - Financial Responsibility Form

 

†You will need Adobe Acrobat to these my forms.

†If you don't already have it, you can download it here: http://www.adobe.com/

 

 

 

CONTACT

CONTACT

Ph: 510-654-7040

Fax: 510-654-7054

Email: bb@brianbarlay.com

 

HOURS:

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 8:30 a.m. —7:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 8:30 a.m. — 2 p.m.

All visits are by appointment.

 

PARKING

Parking can be challenging. There is street parking and some metered spots in front of the clinic with varied availability.  Please allow 10-15 minutes of extra time for this reason. If you drive, please take note of the posted street-sweeping hours to avoid being ticketed.

 

If you have a disability and walking is an issue, please inform us and we will try to accommodate you and your needs.

 

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

Unfortunately, the clinic is not wheelchair accessible. There are six steps leading up to the clinic door. Please let me know if you need assistance.

 

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