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Golden Valley, MN: Naomi Richman

Fast facts
Practice type: Private
Specialties: Back pain, general wellness, infertility, pediatric conditions, women’s health
Styles: NADA, pediatric acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Why did you become an acupuncturist?
My grandmother was born in 1918 with displaced hips. By the end of her life, she was in a wheelchair and taking 18 different daily medications for her pain and other ailments. Watching her suffer, I knew there had to be a better way to treat illness and disability than simply prescribing medications that only temporarily masked the symptoms. So, I began searching.

In 1998, I completed a program in shiatsu, where I learned how the Chinese medical system views the body. Fascinated, I took a trip to Beijing, China to study qigong, a form of moving meditation, at a local hospital. In China, I was introduced not only to qigong, but tai chi, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and other aspects of the Chinese medical system.

I witnessed some pretty miraculous things as a result of Chinese medical interventions and decided this was the best way to help my family and other people with chronic illness and pain. Eighteen years later, I am even more convinced of its benefits having witnessed first hand the powers of this elegant system of medicine.

What distinguishes you from other acupuncturists?
I have had a successful family acupuncture practice for 15 years and have treated thousands of patients. My youngest patient was a few hours old and my oldest patient in her 90s.

I pride myself on actively listening to my patients’ concerns, and staying up to date with new research in both the Chinese medical field and advances in modern medicine.

Many people have come to me frustrated by years of unsuccessful treatment and misdiagnoses from their doctors. In every situation, I put to use my experience as an acupuncturist and my knowledge of the biomedical and Chinese medical systems to help patients heal.

What do you enjoy most about your work?
I truly love giving people and families the insight to take command of their health. Our current medical system has removed our abilities to doctor ourselves, our children, and our families. We are told that we need medications to combat illness and pain. Chinese medicine is a medicine of the people. Knowing its methods and understanding our relationship with our environment allows us to take charge of our health.

What is the biggest misconception you hear about acupuncture?
The biggest misconception I hear is that you have to believe in acupuncture for it to work. Acupuncture isn’t something to believe in, like Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy. It is a proven medicine that has stood the test of time. Modern research technologies have mapped some of the biological responses to needling. Perhaps in the future, when the technologies are more advanced, we’ll understand more of the mysteries of this elegant medicine.

How do you stay healthy in your own life?
I stay healthy by following many of the principles of Chinese medicine:

1. Diet. I try to stay away from foods that cause dampness or inflammation.
2. Meditation. Tai chi and qigong are a regular part of my week.
3. Exercise. I try to exercise at least five days a week. (I try…)
4. Acupuncture! I get weekly acupuncture from friends or from myself—one of the perks of being an acupuncturist.

Learn more and get in touch
(612) 516-5080

8421 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 230, Golden Valley, MN 55426

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