PictureApricot Forest owner and acupuncturist Christina Lisac. Courtesy image.

The holidays are almost upon us, and for many us, that means we’re in a full-on sprint to get enough work done that we can take a short holiday break at the end of the year – all while getting all of our pre-holiday shopping and preparation done as well.

Christina Lisac says there’s a widely known but oft-ignored antidote to all that holiday-induced stress and anxiety: plenty of sleep.

“The only time the body and mind heal is when you are sleeping,” says Lisac, a licensed practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the owner of Apricot Forest, a new Mill Valley-based acupuncture practice. “So if you’re not sleeping, you’re not healing. Sleep is essential to living a productive, creative, happy life.”

Lisac treats a wide range of conditions, including depression, weight issues, back pain and intestinal issues, but she has no doubt her primary focus: “I’m a sleep specialist,” she says.

Located at 131 Camino Alto, Apricot Forest is Lisac’s latest step toward making her mark in the world of medicine.

After growing up on the Peninsula, Lisac earned a Bachelor of Science at UC Davis. She then went on to attend the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine in Yreka, Calif., and then Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College in Berkeley. Those years of dedicated study were preceded by an unexpected reading from a Chinese astrologist that indicated that Lisac “would find happiness working in medicine and become an acupuncturist.”

“At the time, I said, ‘Me, poking people with needles?’” and didn’t give it another thought,” she says. “But I continued to be drawn to it. I have a real passion for the field: when I’m not working, I enjoy reading case studies and searching out articles on advances in Oriental Medicine.”

“I absolutely love the science and power of Oriental Medicine, and I’m dedicated to helping people through acupuncture,” she adds.

The 411: Apricot Forest is located at 131 Camino Alto, Suite G. Call 510.927.8480 for an appointment.

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