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Katie Murphy, KAM Acupuncture

At age 18 only days into my freshman year at college, I awoke one night to vertigo, nausea and a deafening ringing in my right ear. This first horrific sensation lasted through the night and into late morning the next day and would continue for months thereafter. It took the doctors almost a year to deduce what was wrong. Finally it was discovered I had Meniere’s Disease.

It was a long road, spending almost half my life on medications, getting steroid injections and enduring two inner ear surgeries. It wasn’t until ten years ago that I discovered acupuncture. Within three months many of my symptoms were alleviated (most disappeared completely), and I was finally able to once again resume a normal life after 17 years feeling as though I was hungover, had the flu, and was riding the tilt-a-wheel — all at the same time. It was at this moment I knew I wanted to help others through acupuncture and help them get the same relief I was lucky to experience through this 2,500-year-old medicine.

From Day One at acupuncture school, we were taught about yin and yang. For everything yin, there’s yang. For everything yang, there’s yin. Where there’s moon, there’s sun. Where there’s woman, there’s man. Where there’s earth, there’s heaven. There’s harmony within all of nature, both in the outside world and within the body. Essentially, Chinese medicine boils down to one clear principle — balance.

I try to live this principle every day, especially in my work as an acupuncturist. I see each and every patient with the goal of creating harmony within their bodies. It’s a matter of deducing whether they have too much yin, too much yang, too little yin or too little yang. Whether it’s rheumatoid arthritis, infertility, chronic pain or insomnia — whatever ails my patient — once I realize their excess or deficiency, I set out to create that balance.

I take the principle of balance outside my practice and into my personal life as well, whether it’s how I see the world overall or the smaller tasks I perform throughout my day. One activity in particular helps create that balance in my daily life. The same energy I exert on my patients, I regain back through the practice of barre. Through my eyes, barre utilizes the principle of yin and yang at every class. Where there’s intensity, there’s rest. Where there are reps for targeted muscles, there’s corrective positioning and coordination. Where there’s building muscle, there’s stretching. It is a practice that is truly aligned with staying whole. And it is a practice I plan on maintaining, along with acupuncture, for a truly balanced life.

KAM Acupuncture is located inside Absolute Wellness Center at 966 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464