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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical practices in the world. Originating in China more than 2000 years ago, acupuncture is a technique in which very thin needles of varying lengths are inserted through the skin to treat a variety of conditions. The needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain when the needles are inserted. Some people are energized by the treatment, while others feel relaxed.

As one of the key components of the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture is based on the concept that disease results from disruption of in the flow of qi and imbalance in the forces of yin and yang. Practices such as herbs, meditation, massage, and acupuncture seek to aid healing by restoring the yin-yang balance and promoting the flow of qi. In TCM the vital energy or life force proposed to regulate a person's spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang is qi, which runs along pathways known as meridians. It is believed that there are 12 main meridians and 8 secondary meridians and that there are more than 200 acupuncture points on the human body that connect with them. Specific points are selected to treat each person differently, depending on their individual constitutions and diagnosis. The needles help to remove any blockages and allow a free flow of energy and inner balance.

Western scientific research has proven that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system, lymphatic, circulatory, and musculoskeletal. Acupuncture is used to treat a variety of conditions such as: anxiety, depression, arthritis, asthma, joint pain, sciatica, allergies, bladder and kidney infections, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, common cold and influenza, weight loss, menopausal symptoms, infertility, indigestion, hypertension, PMS, migraines, headaches, tinnitus, musculoskeletal pain, constipation, diarrhea, sinusitis, bells palsy, paralysis following a stroke, smoking cessation, and other addictive behaviors.

Dr. Kelly Murphy BSc. Kin, MAOM, TCMD, LAc

Dr. Kelly Murphy completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Calgary, with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a minor in Psychology. She then went on to pursue her passion in Chinese Medicine at the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. After completing the program, Dr. Murphy obtained her Masters in Oriental Medicine and Doctorate in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences. She then obtained a specialty in Gynecology through Colorado State University.In 2004, Dr. Murphy purchased Back To Basics Health & Wellness Centre in Newport Beach, California, which she owned and operated until 2007, when she became a silent partner. Upon Kelly's return to Calgary she taught at the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine while practicing Acupuncture. Dr Murphy taught anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and physical examination skills. Kelly supervised the clinic at the college for the students in training for Acupuncture.  Since Dr. Murphy’s return to Calgary in 2007, she has been actively practicing acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at the Adjusted For Life Chiropractic Clinic. She also has a beautiful little girl.‚Äč

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