I’m an avid supporter of acupuncture and consider it a great healing art: it’s a fundamental part of my positive self-care and wellness. One of the first things I do upon arriving anywhere to film is to find a terrific acupuncturist and practitioner of TCM.

In Vancouver, Dr. Melissa Carr has helped me acclimate to the damp autumn climate as well as support my immune system during the critical phases of transition when it can be so easy to come down with something.

During the filming of ‘Helen’, in which I play a fragile woman with major depression, Dr.Carr’s practice of acupuncture has helped me keep my body, mind and spirit strong, resilient and flexible.

I so look forward to seeing her each week – and so do my liver and spleen!!

— Ashley Judd, actress and dedicated humanitarian for poverty alleviation, public health, human rights, social justice, and animal rights


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Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.
— Thich Nhat Hanh