Century City Medical Plaza

2080 Century Park E., Ste 1501

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Served 15 Years on Staff
Cedars Sinai

Over 20 Years

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Studied in United States & China

Acne and Dermatology

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Treating Acne and Dermatology With Acupuncture and East-West Medicine is 94% Effective

Treating Acne and other skin disorders including Eczema, Sclerosis, and Contact Dermatitis with East-West Functional Medicine means state of the art treatments that take advantage of both Western Scientific Advances and the Safe, Effective, Natural, and Self-Sustaining, Functional Approach of Eastern Medicine. Eastern Functional Medicine includes Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and is the only medicine in the world backed by 2,000 years of Written, Empirical Clinical Evidence to treat Acne and Dermatology. Recent clinical trials demonstrate Eastern Functional Medicine to be 94.17% effective in treating acne and significantly effective in treating other skin disorders including Eczema, Sclerosis, Contact Dermatitis.

Most skin disorders occur when poor diet, stress and inadequate rest lead to poor digestion, circulation, lymphatic drain, hormonal imbalances and inflammation.  Acne is a skin disorder where sebaceous glands become overactive and an excess of sebum, a waxy lipid necessary for healthy skin, is produced. The excess sebum my lead to non-inflammatory acne called comedones or inflammatory acne called pustules, papules or nodules.  Acupuncture and East-West Medicine treat all of these and will accelerate the healing of any scars or dark spots left by acne, naturally and without toxic chemical-based pharmaceuticals.

The Functional Medicine Approach of Acupuncture and East-West Medicine is the only medicine in the world that has treated Acne and other skin disorders including Eczema, Sclerosis, Contact Dermatitis naturally with the wisdom of 2000 years of written empirical clinical evidence.  Treatments may include Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Herbology, Diet & Nutrition, Exercise, and Stress Management. With 2000 years of wisdom applied with Functional East-West Medicine, treatments are natural, safe, effective, and self-sustaining.  Given the efficacy of treatments many patients have success with Dr. Barrett even after they have tried everything else.

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Patient Testimonials

Acne: Carolyn, Age 22 “Dr. Barrett is an amazing doctor! I have been going to see him for almost 3 years, he has helped me with my acne problem! Before Dr. Barrett, I was unaware that acupuncture helped treat acne. I have tried every over the counter product imaginable and have found ZERO results up until he started treating me. I can now say my acne has subsided and his herbal pills were more helpful than anything sold in stores. I now know how to control my acne as well as other problems like digestion. He is very knowledgeable and although I have not always followed his regimen due to my own laziness he has never given up and has always encouraged me to keep going! He has an amazing staff, all the girls are friendly and he is genuinely a great person! Would highly recommend him to those in need!”

Hives: Julie H. “Dr. John Barrett is amazing. I’m a scientist w/ a PhD and although Im a strong believer in physical therapy. I have been skeptical of acupuncture in the past. however- I am now 100% a believer that it can aid in good health.

I came to Dr. Barrett out of desperation since I had a crazy hive-like rash on my face and neck that started last May 2017 and then flared up and increased in severity in Fall 2018- Winter 2019. In addition to being itchy and hot, it also decreased my confidence (since it was my face!). I had seen many western doctors, including dermatologists, allergists, and general practitioners. I tried allergy medicines,.. I was tested for many food allergies.. and although I have many allergies to pollens/cats/dogs/etc- my food allergens came up negative. So once I exhausted my western resources.. I turned to Dr. Barrett for help… and indeed it helped!

He convinced me that part of my reactions were because I was under severe stress.. and by decreasing my stress levels- my body would be able to react to allergens in a more normal way (yes I would choose itchy eyes or a gentle sneeze every now and then over an intensely red and rash-infested face)

Anyhow- Dr. Barrett talked to me about changing my diet (aka not fasting in the mornings… but instead trying to not eat late at night.. which I still need to be better at).. and eating more cooling foods (Yin) since I was very Yang oriented.. I needed to be more balanced. Although I exercise everyday, he suggested that I also incorporate meditation and/or Qi Gong which I have been now doing for the past couple months. He did cupping, needling and prescribed cooling herbs as well as other herbs to help w/ the allergies.

6 months later I am no longer seeing him (due to the fact I got a bit better and a lack of time- his office is 1 hour away from me.. and I am super busy)- but I have been now following all his advice and have drastically improved.

My only flare-ups occur when I drink coffee (increases my cortisol levels – aka stress).. so I now alas have to stick to green tea.

I also found out from Western doctors via a skin-patch test lately that I have a gold allergy- crazy! and an allergy to a couple chemicals in face products/shampoos/etc. So I have now stopped using those products/metals and hope I can re-introduce coffee to my diet one day.. lol.

Regardless- by decreasing your stress levels and increasing your circulation and lymphatic drainage (via acupuncture techniques and cupping)- Dr. John Barrett can help you decrease your allergy symptoms. Trust Me!

Thank you Dr. John Barrett!”

Acne: Caysie B.  “About two months ago I sought out acupuncture to clear chronic facial acne. When I found Dr. John Barrett online I immediately set up a consultation. He took my insurance and his office was quick to reply with paperwork and scheduling. I have done everything to clear my acne from accutane, spironolactone, cutting out foods, supplements, face creams, strict workout regiment, etc. I finally decided to quit all supplementation and medications to bring my body back to baseline, however the acne continued. I get married soon-  so I was determined to get my acne clear via holistic health and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

My first appointment with Dr. Barrett was extremely detailed. I was grateful to feel supported in my concerns, and relieved that he was confident in his diagnoses and treatment plan. I think the “vibe” of the consult really sealed the deal. I could tell he is extremely passionate about his work and his eagerness to heal. He explained my diagnoses and treatment plan in detail, and broke it down to basics so I could understand what was happening inside my body.

We then proceeded with my first acupuncture treatment (I had never done acupuncture before). It was SO relaxing I fell in and out of sleep, it almost felt like i was in a lucid dreaming state. After the treatment I felt refreshed and like a weight of stress had been lifted off my shoulders. He also treated the individual acne lesions and scars on my face. Every little mark and pimple was taken care of,  I was grateful for his attention to detail and that he took so much time to treat me.

Aside from the acupuncture, a HUGE part of my skin clearing had to do with Dr. Barrett’s home instructions and meal plan (including meal timing and temperature of foods). I had no idea that the way I was eating was causing my body so much stress and having a negative effect on my circulation and nutrient absorption. His meal plan can be tailored to any dietary restrictions (I eat mostly a paleo diet free of grains, dairy and processed goods). I have more energy throughout the day, never get agitated or ‘hangry’ and I wake up feeling refreshed+renewed instead of foggy+fatigued. I can honestly say that his daily instructions for stress relief, diet and stretching has totally changed my life and mental health on top of CLEARING MY ACNE.

He also prescribed me Chinese herbs to take orally and to apply topically to my face. He taught me techniques to clear active pimples quickly and without scarring. All of which have helped immensely in keeping the acne away, and quickly resolving any small pimples that routinely come with my menstrual cycle. By following all the above instructions, my acne was mostly cleared in 3 weeks. The scars continue to lighten with each appointment.

Needless to say, I look forward to every appointment, and am very happy I found Dr. Barrett in time to have clear skin for my upcoming wedding. I know that acupuncture will be something I utilize for the rest of my life (whether it be fore acne or other ailments) and am thrilled that I found an expert who I can trust.”

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Clinical Trials

Acupuncture Produced a 94.17% Total Treatment Efficacy Rate for Patients with Acne.

1. Wang Xiugang. Efficacy of Acupuncture Treatment of Acne. Asia-Pacific Traditional Medicine. 2011, 07(5):41-42.
2. Gao Yang, Qin Qingguang, Jin Yujing. Professor Liu Huisheng in Treating Acne with Acupuncture. China Journal of Chinese Medicine. 2010, 25(4):663-664.
3. Dawson, Annelise L.; Dellavalle, Roberta P. (May 2013). “Acne vulgaris”. BMJ (Review). 346 (5).

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine Clear Acne with a 96.67% Total Effective Rate.

1. Ding J. (2015). Effect on Clinical Symptoms and Quality of Life by Acupuncture Combined with Medication Application for the Upper Heat and Lower Cold Symptoms. Journal of Clinical Acupuncture and Moxibustion. 31(3).​
2. Jian-ping Liu, Cao, Hui-juan, Guo-yan Yang, Yu-yi Wang. “Acupoint Stimulation for Acne: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials.” Medical Acupuncture (2013).
3. Ma, Chelsea, and Raja K. Sivamani. “Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2015). Department of Dermatology, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, California.

Acupuncture Clinical Trials Demonstrate Statistically Significant Improvement Treating Multiple Dermatologic Conditions, Including Dermatitis, Chloasma, Pruritus, Urticaria, Hyperhidrosis, and Facial Elasticity.

1. Ma, Chelsea, and Raja K. Sivamani. “Acupuncture as a Treatment Modality in Dermatology: A Systematic Review.” The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (2015). Department of Dermatology, University of California, Davis, Sacramento, CA.
2. Longhurst JC. Defining meridians: a modern basis of understanding. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2010;3:67–74.
3. Tan EK, Millington GW, Levell NJ. Acupuncture in dermatology: an historical perspective. Int J Dermatol 2009; 48:648–652.4. Pfab F, Kirchner MT, Huss-Marp J, et al. Acupuncture compared with oral antihistamine for type I hypersensitivity itch and skin response in adults with atopic dermatitis: a patient- and examiner-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Allergy 2012;67:566–573.
4. Pfab F, Kirchner MT, Huss-Marp J, et al. Acupuncture compared with oral antihistamine for type I hypersensitivity itch and skin response in adults with atopic dermatitis: a patient- and examiner-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Allergy 2012;67:566–573.
5. Yun Y, Kim S, Kim M, Kim K, Park JS, Choi I. Effect of facial cosmetic acupuncture on facial elasticity: an open- label, single-arm pilot study. Evidence Based Complement Alternat Med 2013;2013:424313.

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Dr. Barrett's Comprehensive Functional Approach

Being a Primary Care Physician with over 20 years clinical experience, having trained in China and the U.S., and over 15 years on staff at Cedars Sinai, Dr. Barrett specializes in complex medical conditions.  With his Comprehensive Functional Approach to East-West Medicine that is supported by over 2,000 years of empirical, clinical evidence in writing and the advantages of modern scientific research, he is prepared to provide you with state-of-the-art treatments that are safe, natural, and self-sustaining.  Dr. Barrett will dedicate as much time as necessary to review with you, face to face, your complete medical history, all current medical concerns, a comprehensive treatment plan in terms of both Eastern and Western Medicine, and a self-sustainable Wellness Track™.

Dr Barrett’s Comprehensive Functional Approach to East-West Medicine treats your condition and the factors that caused your condition.  One advantage to Dr. Barrett’s approach is his skill developed in Traditional Diagnostic Methods based on Observation, Inquiry, and Palpation that many times can provide more clinical data than weeks of lab testing.  This allows same day diagnosis and treatments that can at times provide cures before lab data can be obtained.  Dr. Barrett offers comprehensive Acupuncture treatments with a functional medical approach for increased effectiveness. Dr. Barrett may offer you a custom herbal formula based on the wisdom and 2,000 years of written clinical evidence of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Dr. Barrett will discuss Diet & Nutrition and how to use food as medicine.  Based on his recently published book, Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle, he will mentor you on managing the demands of your career, family life, lifestyle, workstyle, and how to maintain a positive attitude.  If necessary, he will discuss the benefits of genome medicine and Western forms of functional medicine.

Dr. Barrett performs annual physicals, orders blood tests, lab tests, DNA profiles, ultrasounds, x-rays, and MRIs.  With his office in the Century City Medical Plaza and being on staff at Cedars Sinai, his referral network includes some of the best physicians in Los Angeles.  Dr. Barrett understands western pharmaceuticals and their compatibility with herbal medicines. He can explain the nature of your disease through the eyes of both Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine. Whether you suffer from a serious disease, pain, or are simply trying to become pregnant, he can help. Seeing Dr. John Barrett means state of the art treatments and a most comprehensive functional approach to East-West Medicine.

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Your Sustainable Wellness Track™

Even the best and the brightest can use guidance in achieving and maintaining new levels of wellness.  After treating your high priority health issues, Dr. Barrett recommends staying well with a personalized Wellness Track™ to address other health conditions.  This could mean improving digestion, sleep, relaxation, skin, vision, weight-loss, etc.

A Wellness Track™ carves out time for self-nourishment and time management to address your health and wellness.  A Wellness Track™ with Dr. Barrett will tap into the wisdom of his 35 years of global corporate and medical experience for mentoring, coaching, and motivating for lifestyle, work-style, and wellness enhancemets.  Given Dr. Barrett’s unique background, you can be sure his words of advice are from real life experiences and not a training manual or theoretical concepts.

A Wellness Track™ means a better quality life with longevity.  A Wellness Track™ can be as simple as one office visit a month for a health check, wellness goal setting, bench marking achievements, self-care instructions to achieve goals, an optional wellness treatment and/or customized wellness herbal formula.  A Wellness Track™ means staying on top of your game and achieving the most in life.

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Need to Know More ?

Dr. Barrett specializes in difficult cases.  If you have any questions regarding your specific condition, use the links below to take advantage of Dr. Barrett’s FREE telephone consultaion.  He will be happy to answer any questions and help guide you to the best care possible.

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