Patricia Murphy, ND, LAc


The basic philosophy of acupuncture and naturopathic medicine are very similar. They both rely on nature as the foundation for healing.  When obstacles to healing are removed and the body is given what it needs, healing can happen.

Acupuncture is one of the best known and one of the oldest healing traditions in the world. Acupuncture originated in China over 3000 years ago. Today there are many different traditional healing methods from various countries that include acupuncture.

Acupuncture points are connections to a dynamic system of meridians, or ‘energy rivers’ that travel through the body; each meridian is associated with a different organ. Good health is dependent on the free flow of energy, or ‘qi’ through the meridians and organs. An imbalance or blockage in the flow of energy can result in disease.

Acupuncturists insert fine, sterile needles into specific points to restore balance to the flow of qi. This restored balance encourages the body to heal. Acupuncture points that are chosen by the acupuncturist depend on the condition being treated and the patient’s constitution.

What Acupuncture can do:

Help promote good health and well being
Help prevent disease by maintaining a healthy flow of qi throughout the body
Help treat many conditions, including:
  • Neurological and muscular disorders:
            Injuries: sports and accidents
            Headaches, migraines
            Joint pain
            Facial tics
            Low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain
            Muscle pain, fibromyalgia
            Neurological pain, including trigeminal neuralgia
            Meniere's disease
  • Post operative pain
  • Digestive problems such as:        
            Gastritis, hyperacidity, spastic colon, constipation, diarrhea
  • Respiratory problems such as:
           Allergies, asthma
           Colds, flu, cough, bronchitis, recurrent chest infections
           Sinus problems, sore throat
  • Immune system support
  • Stress, anxiety, low energy
  • Menstrual symptoms
  • Menopausal  symptoms
  • Supportive therapy for any chronic disorder

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