A Warrior Within: An Interview with Carolyn Smyth

Interview with Carolyn Smyth, Founder of Warrior Within Wellness

Interview with Carolyn Smyth, Founder of Warrior Within Wellness

Warrior Within Wellness is a little acupuncture shop providing holistic healthcare services in San Diego… In fact Warrior Within Wellness is our neighbor— located on the same floor, in the same building as Sojourn Healing Collective! And, not only do we share physical space, we also share a belief that the body possesses the wisdom to heal and achieve optimal health. Offering acupuncture, herbal consultations, nutrition counseling and functional movement, we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to our friend and fellow female business owner, Carolyn Smyth, founder of Warrior Within Wellness.

You are a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist and owner of Warrior Within Wellness. What brought you to the wellness space and Eastern modalities of healing?

What brought me to practice Chinese Medicine was seeing first hand how powerful the medicine is. I think exciting things are happening in our healthcare system. There is a social push to expand the ways that one defines health and how optimal health is achieved. Nutrition, exercise, traditional and western interventions should be tools in everyone’s tool boxes. I know what it is like to go on a journey from disease to health and I am excited to share my specific tool with others. 

Can you tell us about the origins/philosophy behind your company name, Warrior Within Wellness?

The name of my business was inspired by reflecting on my own journey. Experiences that have been the most profound came from me turning inward and digging deep into my inner warrior. Chinese medical philosophy is rooted in the belief that the body has all it needs to heal itself. The modalities we use are just gentle reminders that it still has work to do. Warrior Within Wellness seemed to capture both of those ideas. 

How did you get involved with Warriors Live On and Shakti Rising. How has healing physical and emotional trauma informed your work?

I have a background in social service/nonprofit work, so when starting my business, it had always been my intention to bring Chinese medicine to communities engaged in healing journeys. I understand what it means to live a life of service, so I am humbled to be able to support those who have as well. 

There are many people out there who have yet to experience Acupuncture, cupping or herbal remedies. How would you prepare a first-timer? What should they know about these healing modalities?

All of the modalities in Chinese medicine work to tap into the bodies ability to heal itself. For the medicine to work, patients need to be ready for change and want to heal- whether that is from a physical injury, illness or traumatic incident. That is the most important piece. 

If you are interested in learning more about Chinese medicine or acupuncture, join us for Community Acupuncture with Carolyn of Warrior Within Wellness on April 16th and starting in May every 1st Tuesday of the month thereafter. Drop in's are accommodated first come first served. Or, text Carolyn to reserve your time slot! 619-957-5973.

Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine. Rooted in the core belief that the body has the innate wisdom to heal itself, acupuncture is used to treat headaches, body pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia most commonly. Community style acupuncture has a multi-pronged approach. First, it explores the ancient tradition and power of healing with others in a group setting. Second, it promotes accessibility by reducing individual session costs to allow for more frequent treatments. Most people see a difference within a few treatments and results within a few months. Supportive networks are a critical part of cultivating health. Warrior Within Wellness and Sojourn Healing Collective are committed to creating this sustainable environment of wellness.


Carolyn Smyth, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, is a licensed acupuncturist and owner of Warrior Within Wellness. Her practice focuses on healing physical and emotional trauma through acupuncture, body work, movement and nutrition. She holds both MS and DACM degrees in the field of Chinese Medicine. In collaboration with San Diego based nonprofits, Carolyn provides acupuncture for post 9/11 veterans through Warriors Live On and women in recovery through Shakti Rising.

Carolyn has an extensive background in counseling and community organizing. She also holds an MA in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego. Carolyn is the president of the Board of Directors of the Karen Organization of San Diego whose mission is working with refugees from Burma.

While she is not out saving the world, she is probably out walking her rescued boxer dog Mabel. Carolyn enjoys hiking, yoga and the Southern California sunshine. 

Interview by Taina Berardi