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December Coffee Connection Highlight with Dr. Niki Rarig, ND, LAc

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🌿🩺This month, CCCN highlights Birth and Wellness Providers in Adult and Pediatric Medicine and Specialties.

CCCN Coffee Connection co-host and CtP Program Director Zabrina Cox spoke with local birth and wellness professional ✨Dr. Niki Rarig, ND, LAc

About Dr. Niki Rarig, ND, LAc

"Dr. Niki Rarig, ND, LAc is a naturopathic doctor, acupuncturist and owner of East West Natural Medicine Center in San Luis Obispo. She discovered natural medicine while struggling with digestive issues as a teenager growing up in Cayucos. After getting extensive workup with multiple specialists, she still had no clear diagnosis or improvement in her symptoms. She eventually found a naturopathic doctor who worked with her on nutrition, and started seeing Dr. Jean Yu, the founder of East West, for acupuncture. She was soon able to regain her health and go back to being a normal teenager.

This experience stuck with her when choosing a career in healthcare. She knew she wanted to combine the best of both worlds in her training: the exceptional diagnostic and management tools of conventional western medicine, and the whole-person assessment and diverse treatment techniques of naturopathic and Chinese medicine. After completing her doctorate in naturopathic medicine and masters in Chinese medicine from NUNM in Portland, Oregon, she came back full circle to practice at East West alongside Dr. Yu (who has since retired at the age of 81!).

East West is currently home to four dually licensed naturopathic doctors and acupuncturists: Dr. Julianna Englund, Dr. Monika Allen, Dr. Ellerie Nagy, and Dr. Rarig. Treatments are customized to each individual and may include acupuncture, nutrition and lifestyle education, herbal medicine, various manual therapies (myofascial release, craniosacral, abdominal massage, pelvic floor rehab), and pharmaceutical interventions when indicated. Common conditions treated include fertility and menstrual issues, postmenopausal hormones, body pain, digestive disorders, depression/anxiety, and cardiometabolic conditions (e.g. blood sugar, cholesterol)."

Did you miss our pre-recorded Coffee Connection? Join CCCN and Dr. Rarig tomorrow, Wednesday, December 8th @ 9:30 AM PST, for a mini IG LIVE Q & A to answer your questions about integrative health and modalities for fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum. Head to CCCN IG Page now to submit your questions & tag a friend to join us tomorrow!

Here are a few highlights from this month's Coffee Connection:

Dr. Rarig is a SLO County native, and her path into Naturopathic Medicine is genuinely full circle.

  • Dr. Rarig has valuable and extensive training in a holistic approach incorporating Western Conventional Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Western Herbalism, and modalities to offer Nutrition & Lifestyle counseling and treatments that support primary care, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum. Pediatrics is a specialty not commonly offered at East West Natural Medicine Center .

  • Dr. Rarig offers Pregnancy care and support through collaboration and referrals of patient healthcare providers such as obstetricians, Midwives, or Primary Care providers, not solely managed by the practitioners at East West.

  • Partners generally receive fertility support, including semen analysis through diet & lifestyle counseling and supplements.

  • Eight to ten weeks postpartum, Dr. Rarig offers Maya Abdominal & Visceral Therapy, Pelvic Floor work to aid in pain relief, digestion, and pelvic floor rehabilitation.

  • Common Autoimmune symptoms treated when seen postpartum: Hashimoto's Disease, Hypothyroid, PCOS.

  • Anemia

  • Nausea/Morning Sickness

  • Heart Burn

  • Constipation

  • Pain/Round Ligament

  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Fatigue

  • Fertility including pre and post retrieval, IVF, IUI

  • Diabetes

  • High cholesterol

  • Hypertension

  • Thyroid, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone Hormone management and Therapy.

  • Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation with referral as needed.

Various treatments and services available for Primary Care including, Fertility, Pregnancy and Postpartum:

Lab and Blood work, Acupuncture, Cupping, moxibustion, Manual Therapies such as Maya Abdominal Massage, Visceral Manipulation (during second and third trimester in pregnancy), and Chinese Medicine Formulary.

*Insurance may or may not cover all treatments & services.

For more information, we invite you to reach out to East West Natural Medicine Center:


What are your favorite alternative therapies? Please share in the comments and Tag us @centralcoastchildbirthnetwork to share!

Coffee Connection Highlight Authored by Zabrina Cox, CtP Director


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