What are our patients saying...




About "Pain and Fatigue" D.V. Says...

"When I first sought out acupuncture through Charles Murdock I was six months into a new housekeeping business. I was having problems with my entire body and my emotional state was extremely fragile. I had already consulted my primary care Dr.'s only to be prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxers. I was also told that I would probably need knee replacement surgery in the near future. My experience working with Charles has literally changed my life. I am pain free and no longer have problems with my back, neck or knee. I also am no longer depressed and the world is a whole new place! I highly recommend Charles to anyone who is in need of a positive change in their existence."


About "Fertility" B.N. Says...

As I think about this past year, a lot goes through my mind. More than a year ago, my husband and I decided it was time to start a family. We took all the ďrightĒ steps to lead us down the path of becoming parents and began to prepare for this new phase of our lives. Unfortunately, my body didnít seem to get the message that this is what we were doing.

I spent the next 7 months doing absolutely everything I could think of to get pregnant. I monitored my temperature, tracked my cycle, ate healthy, drank fertility teas, and so on. My cycles were long and painful, and a pattern appeared that I might not even be ovulating at all. We then went the traditional route of getting checked out. Both my husband and I came back with a bill of clean health. There is no reason we shouldnít have been able to get pregnant, said Western medicine. But we decided to try a round of Clomid to see if it would strengthen my ovulation. Iíd heard of all sorts of crazy side effects that came with this little pill but wanted so badly to get pregnant that I simply did not care. The first round failed.

All of the sudden I saw the path that I was starting to head down. Am I infertile? Will I ever be able to have a baby? Am I going to have to go through month after month of painstaking drugs and needles and IVF? Was I ready for all of that? At this point we had only been trying for 7 months but it was the longest 7 months I had ever experienced. We were both young and healthy and there was no apparent reason for me not to get pregnant. I decided that I wasnít ready to go down the infertility path quite yet.

Then I heard about acupuncture from my cousin. She tried to get pregnant for two years and after 3 months of acupuncture, she was pregnant! I must admit, I was a bit skeptical. I knew little about acupuncture besides that you are poked with needles. How could needles help me get pregnant? But I thought to myself, why donít I just do a little research? A few minutes on the internet and one after another, I found information about the benefits of acupuncture on fertility. So I thought to myself, still skeptical, why not just go do a consult and see if this is worth pursuing? I mean, Iíd already spent 7 months trying to get pregnant and I was willing to do almost anything to avoid the deep hole of sadness that was starting to descend on me from month after month of failure.

I met with Charles and felt an instant level of comfort. He seemed knowledgeable and optimistic. He answered all of my questions and explained to me what acupuncture really was and how it might help. I had never had a medical professional spend that much time learning about me. He didnít want to just know my ďsymptomsĒ but also about my life and energy level, and he didnít jump to any immediate solutions. It was a different experience than what I was used to with Western medicine. So I decided to give it a whirl.

The results were astounding. By the end of the first month, there were real tangible changes in my body. My period was lighter, my cramps were nonexistent, and my cycle even shortened by more than 5 days! I felt better. I couldnít believe it. One month of acupuncture and my body responded as if that was all it needed in the first place. Another month went by and again, real tangible results with a shorter cycle to show for it. I became a believer. I couldnít explain all the science behind these acupuncture points that Charles was stimulating but I could see that it worked. The third month, I got pregnant. Unfortunately, I miscarried within days of finding out. But I thought, wow I got pregnant. I can get pregnant. Charles was incredibly supportive through the loss and we talked about how while this feels like a step back, it is a step in the right direction. After all, after just two months, I got pregnant! The next month, and fourth month of acupuncture, I got pregnant again! It was as if my body said, ooh so this is what we want, and it was Charles who helped make it understand that.

Now Iím 33 weeks pregnant with a boy and due in June. Charles has worked with me throughout the pregnancy to maintain my health and the health of the baby. In fact, the benefits of acupuncture did not stop when I got pregnant. I had practically no symptoms. No nausea, heartburn, or any of the other beautiful ills of being pregnant. I canít help but think that this was thanks to acupuncture, and of course, to Charles.

I am thankful to have opened my mind and given acupuncture a chance. There is no other way to put it except for that it really works. I tried for 7 months to get pregnant using Western techniques with no success. After a few months of acupuncture I was pregnant. The results couldnít be any more clear. Sometimes your body needs to come back into balance to work the way it should. But I donít think it was just the acupuncture that did it. I think it was also having Charles as my acupuncturist. In addition to his knowledge, he created an environment of comfort, optimism, and support that I desperately needed to get my through the experience and out of my own head. I am very thankful to have been given the opportunity to work with and learn from him. He helped me start my family, and there is no greater gift than that.



About "Skin Rash" H.F. Says...

When I met Charles, I was suffering and had been for a year or so. I am stubborn and was thinking I would just wait it out. The symptoms: my face had transformed into an acne field. I am not real vain, by any means, but it was beginning to feel raw, tender, just my hair touching it was uncomfortable. Then I developed a rash in my inner elbows. It was itchy! It began spreading more quickly up and down my arms. It was hot and hot water felt so good on it I would turn the shower as hot as it could go and put my skin right to it, crawling up the wall of the shower to get closer. This, I am not proud of, but the relief was euphoric.

Still I was resisting treatment. Perhaps I thought I would and could tough it out. Perhaps I needed to suffer for accrued sins along the way. Suffering this would clean the slate, I would no longer suffer from guilt, remorse, or regret?

Finally, with the gentle pleading of loved ones, I brought my swollen, itchy, battle ground of a body to a Mr. Charles Murdock, referred to me by a dear, lifelong friend. Charles responded to my message quickly and was able to work with my schedule to see me. I was still hesitant because if this didnít work, I would probably resort to steroids or some other pharmaceutical. I wanted to believe but my spirit was dimming.

Though I cannot say my spirit was completely lifted upon meeting Charles, I did feel a burden lifted. I was no longer alone with this, I now had support. Charles is professional and structured with the appointments and has a warmth and ease to him which creates an excellent healing environment. He does not push supplements, as others have, which can be very costly, but provides dietary suggestions. In my situation, the suggestions were restrictions and proved to be challenging, but as I realized, Charles provided a safe, clear and healing path, the healing was going to be a lot of work on my part.

I was prepared and willing to meet these challenges in order to benefit from the healing path Charles was creating for me. No band aids to cover the symptoms, but actually going inside to where it is dark and messy to bring the root of the problem to light.


Now, a couple of months later, the rash is an unpleasant memory, a learning experience. I am grateful for Charles, for his knowledge, his wisdom, his experience, his compassion and kindness, and for his having helped the healing of my dear friend for without that, it may have taken too long to find him. One more thing, if laughter is the best medicine, Charles gives it away.