After working the past 20 years as an Occupational Therapist in a variety of healthcare settings from hospital based rehabilitation clinics to home care service, I became interested in approaching healing from a different perspective in order to help people become empowered about their health on all levels. I found acupuncture to resonate with my belief that medicine should be judged in terms of how effective it is in understanding and treating the problem as the patient experiences it.
During my home care visits as an Occupational Therapist, the pain experienced by my patients was present in all aspects of their lives. Mainly, it impacted their functional performance, emotional state, as well as psychological outlook. My efforts were mostly effective, but not always sustaining. The search for pain management techniques eventually led me to the study of Acupuncture and to a much deeper understanding of grace. I have come to translate this grace as our life force energy. There are so many names given for this universal concept of vital life force. The Chinese refer to it as Qi. In ancient Greece, this was known as Pneuma. Hawaii calls this energy Mana or Ku. Latin America works with this energy as Sha. In India, the sanskrit terms are Prana and Shakhti. Prana meaning the universal energy while shakhti defining a more personal form. The Japanese refer to it as Ki. Hebrew texts describe this force as Manna. Modern literature recognizes it as Bio-energy. Then, Einstein showed us that everything is made of and radiates energy. This subtle form of energy supports, shapes, and animates our physical body. Our Qi serves to enliven the human body while protecting it from illness, pain, and disease. A person’s health is thereby influenced by the quality, quantity, and balance of Qi.
Acupuncture is able to address a variety of ailments that might be treated by drugs, surgery, or other therapies because it views them as resulting from the same cause, a disruption of the energy flow of the body. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture are powerful healing tools, but they are neither panaceas nor the solution to every health care problem. Both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine have their respective strengths and weaknesses. I believe, when appropriately combined, the patient is well served. Generally speaking, acute, life-threatening conditions are best handled by Western trained medical doctors. Whereas routine health problems and chronic conditions for which drug therapy and surgery have not been effective often benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine. I specialize in practicing palpation based acupuncture which combines classical Chinese medical principles with modern pathophysiology in a way to facilitate the understanding of each while bringing out the best in both. The palpatory methods in this style of acupuncture provide an instant measure of diagnosis and effectiveness of treatment.
My career as an Acupuncturist has been and continues to be a pursuit of passion! I truly look forward to sharing this compassionate, effective healing method with you; and like many others, you may respond well to the holistic approach Acupuncture offers. I encourage you to consider it.
Wishing you health, wellness and peace,
Patricia Heraghty, LAc., Dipl. Ac., O. T.
I received my undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from York College of the City University of New York and later obtained a Masters degree of Acupuncture at the University of Bridgeport Institute of Acupuncture with honor of Magna Cum Laude as well as presentation of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and Scholarship In the field of Acupuncture. I am nationally board certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and licensed to practice Acupuncture in the state of Connecticut. Professional affiliations with Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, National Guild of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and Danbury Labour Council.