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The Ancient Art of Ear Seeding with Austin’s Dr. Baraah Attal

Dr. Baraah Attal’s Eastern medicine practice utilizes the ancient art of ear seeding

Ear seeing with Dr. Baraah Attal (photo by Mike Villa)
Ear seeing with Dr. Baraah Attal (photo by Mike Villa)

In a city known for its blend of innovation and tradition, Dr. Baraah Attal shines as a guiding light in the realm of holistic healing. Drawing from a rich background in both Eastern and Western medicines, Attal effortlessly melds ancient wisdom with contemporary approaches at her practice, Eashab Wellness, providing her patients with a distinctive journey towards well-being.

A practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, Attal holds a doctorate from the Pacific College of Health and Science, along with a bachelor’s degree in Human Nutrition and Foods. Her journey into the realm of holistic healing began with a passion for helping others, initially leading her down the path of traditional pharmacy. However, she soon realized her motivation was to become a healer in a different capacity, one that embraced the holistic approach of her upbringing.

Dr. B with a patient
(Photo by Mike Villa)

“I wanted to be more of a healer in a different way,” explains Attal. “Integrating Eastern and Western medicine was a calling.”

Growing up, Attal was surrounded by the belief that food is medicine, instilled in her by her mother and grandmother. Attal found herself creating herbal teas and concoctions for sleep, immunity, and digestion based on what she learned from her family and selling them in farmers’ markets. This foundation, coupled with her education, fueled her desire to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medical practices. Eventually, she made the leap to Pacific College of Health and Science, earned her doctorate, and started her practice. 

Dr. B with a patient (photo by Mike Villa)
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Ear seeding and holistic wellness services

One of the hallmark services offered by Attal is ear seeding, a practice deeply rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Similar to reflexology for the feet, ear seeding involves the strategic placement of small beads on specific points of the ear to stimulate various bodily functions. Attal’s approach adds a touch of elegance to this ancient practice, using shiny beads that resemble jewelry, making it both therapeutic and aesthetically pleasing.

“Ear seeds are a conversation starter and really pretty little beads,” says Attal. “They look like piercings, but they’re good for your health.”

In addition to ear seeding, Attal offers cupping therapy, lifestyle medicine recommendations and, in 2025, she will offer acupuncture. Her journey from crafting herbal teas to providing clinical services reflects her evolution as a practitioner, constantly adapting to meet the diverse needs of her community.

Attal’s commitment to accessibility and inclusivity is evident in her presence at pop-up wellness events across Austin. She believes in bringing wellness to all spaces, not just medical offices, making it approachable and engaging for everyone. Her heart-shaped cupping sessions are a testament to her creativity and desire to introduce traditional Chinese medicine to new audiences. 

Dr. B with a patient
(Photo by Mike Villa)

Attal’s integrative approach and dedication to holistic health

At the heart of Attal’s practice lies her dedication to community wellness. She is not only a practitioner, but also an active member of various initiatives, including her role on the Board for the Center of Child Protection, a nonprofit dedicated to aiding abused children. Through her involvement, she fundraises and hosts educational events, emphasizing the importance of community dialogue in preventing such tragedies.

Working out of Dr. Brooke Stubb’s Rooted Femme medical clinic, Attal continues to promote integrative medicine, collaborating with Western practitioners to offer comprehensive care to her patients. She emphasizes the importance of communication between patients and their healthcare providers, particularly when incorporating herbal remedies into treatment plans. 

With a forthcoming herbal project and partnerships with Austin Recovery, Attal continues her mission to make wellness accessible to all. Her journey symbolizes a bridge between worlds, ushering in a new era of integrative medicine.