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Multiple trips to Nepal and the Himalayan region of India with Barnabas Fellowship exposed Ken and Diana Harbour to traditional Asian medicine. The couple, who own BlueCrane Acupuncture in Forest, founded Barnabas Fellowship, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, 25 years ago as a Christian relief organization.
“The natural healing methods are all over the area,” Ken commented. “Pharmaceuticals are usually the last resort instead of the first line of defense.”
The couple were impressed with acupuncture.
“We actually saw how effective it was,” he said.
They eventually went to school to learn to do it. Both are graduates of the four-year program at Jungtao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, N.C. After completing this, they took certification exams through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Both are licensed to practice acupuncture in Virginia by the Virginia Board of Medicine.
“We do classical Chinese acupuncture,” Ken said.
This includes herbs, nutrition, Chinese medical massage and reflexology. According to literature provided by them, reflexology involves manipulating pressure points on the feet.
They also do tapping. This method involves tapping acupuncture points, rather than sticking needles in them. Tapping can also be self-administered and Diana said that she teaches most of her patients to do it.
“So, any people who have any hesitation about needles, this is perfect for them,” said Diana.
Diana has been donating her tapping services to the wellness program for cancer patients at the Bedford Area YMCA. She did it during the program’s fall session, last year, and will do it again this year.
“We just feel like we can do a lot to help them,” Diana commented.
Each participant at the YMCA gets an introduction session, then a free session at the BlueCrane clinic in Forest.
The Harbours say that acupuncture can address a wide variety of medical conditions, 80 according to literature they provided. Ken said that it’s particularly good at treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
“It’s safe, it’s natural, there are no side effects and it works,” he said.
He added that military physicians are using it at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “They are actually using it in Afghanistan now,” he said.
Therapy sessions at BlueCrane are an hour long, but the initial session is typically two hours to allow them time to talk with the patient to find out what he needs.
“Everything we do is individualized,” Diana said.
They can also schedule a free 30 minute information session for a person who wants to find out what their therapies are all about.
BlueCrane Acupuncture is located in the Briarwood Business Center in Forest, a short distance from Graves Mill Center.