My initiation into natural healing began in the 1950s in my great-grandmother's kitchen. She taught me how to prepare healthy food and live a simple, active, self-sufficient, and spiritually rich life.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in 1980. In 1990, I completed my Master's Degree in Science, including a Teaching Certificate, in New York state. My formal practice of healing began in 1994, when I studied Reiki. After completing studies in massage therapy in 1995, I practiced massage therapy for nine years and later incorporated some Ayurvedic medicine into this practice. I completed my training as a Certified Ayurvedic Educator with Dr. David Frawley in 2000. After four years of study at the Santa Barbara College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, I was granted my certification as a Diplomate of Acupuncture upon my graduation in 2004.
A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. For additional information, please visit the NCCAOM Website.
In medicine, it is necessary to learn more regularly. New discoveries, old half-remembered knowledge--staying abreast of these things helps me to keep my practice at its peak. Thus, in 2011, I traveled to China for a two-week acupuncture and herb seminar at the Wangjing Hospital in Beijing. While there, I also attended advanced herbal lectures in Anguo and Hebe. In 2012, I traveled to Boulder, CO, to study scalp acupuncture with Dr. Jason Hao and Dr. Lina Hao, authors of the most recent English-language text in scalp acupuncture. Later that year, I traveled to Wisconsin to tour the Standard Process organic farm and factory and to attend two days of lectures in the treatment of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
~ Ráven Sárá, L.Ac.
Ráven Sárá's treatments have improved my life tenfold, as I suffer from Sciatica and have tried several other options to no avail. My life is now worth living, thanks to Ráven's care. I would not be without it.
"Western Medicine” had failed to provide relief….
Dr. Ráven is a sensitive, knowledgeable, and highly experienced professional. Though Ráven is qualified on many levels of alternative treatments, I sought her out as an herbalist, when traditional “Western Medicine” had failed to provide relief from my medical conditions. Following a thorough consultation, she provided herbal compounds that quickly and effectively treated the conditions I suffered from, including IC (Interstitial Cystitis) and a painful leg condition. Her treatments are prescribed to bring balance to the system--treating the cause, NOT long-term symptom control. IC had destroyed my quality of life, and in a matter of days, I experienced significant relief that literally resurrected my esteem for life. I would recommend Ráven to anyone looking for a traditional alternative or enhancement to modern medicine.