Q&A with Dr. Sarah Murphy
Tina Krall, Executive Director of Fibroid Relief, recently interviewed Sarah Murphy, N.D., L.Ac., a panelist at the Los Angeles Fibroid Relief At Last Event. We wanted to learn a little more about her natural approach to treating uterine fibroids and how she became involved with naturopathic medicine.
Tina: How did you become interested in alternative medicine?
Dr. Murphy: During college, I discovered a holistic way of viewing the world and the power of natural healing. It was so profoundly helpful to me and my life that I quickly changed majors, entered the pre-med track, and applied for naturopathic medical school so I could share this wonderful and hidden secret of a medicine with other people.
At what stage in the treatment process are most women when they first come to see you?
The women I see are at various stages – from undiagnosed to newly diagnosed – to exploring options to post-surgery and fibroids have recurred. However, patients who usually come to see me have already been diagnosed and are exploring treatment options, with particular interest in alternatives to surgery or something holistic and natural.
What tools do you typically utilize to make your diagnosis?
The diagnostic tools and standards I use are the same as an MD gynecologist – based on symptoms, gynecological exam signs, and referral out for ultrasound imaging of the area. Additionally, I use alternative medicine exam techniques such as Chinese tongue and pulse diagnosis, and may run additional labs to test anything else that I suspect might be a health issue for the person and a factor affecting the fibroids.
How is your approach as a naturopath different than a traditional clinician?
My approach is unique because I look at the whole person’s health picture and treat and balance the whole body at once (not just about the fibroids). Everything is inter-connected in the body system from a holistic medical approach. This is a natural treatment approach without drugs or surgery. Instead, therapies such as nutrition and natural supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture, Chinese herbs and lifestyle counseling are utilized.
What are some simple and natural steps women can take who are in the “watchful waiting” stage?
Exercise, Sleep, Play, and Relax more. Eat a Healthy Diet with Fresh, Whole, Organic Foods. Eat less meats and dairy and more fruits and vegetables. You can also take proteolytic enzymes on an empty stomach to decrease inflammation and fibrous tissue build-up in the body.
Tell us one fun fact about yourself.
I love to dance. My past career path was a dancer. All styles are fun… samba, salsa, ballet, anything, you name it… I want to try it!
Dr. Sarah Murphy is a board certified and licensed Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist in the state of California. Dr. Murphy completed her naturopathic medical training at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and received her Master’s in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida. She currently enjoys consulting with people about their health at the historic and reputable Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy and working with patients in her private practice at Lotus East-West Medical Center in Santa Monica, California.