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Quick read: New shop offers acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine services | News

The newest form of medicine to hit the Hub City has deep roots on the far side of the world.

Licensed acupuncturist Larissa Kempf, 25, saw her first patients at Medicine Rock in early November.

The two-room practice near the center of town ties together the Aberdeen native’s love of nature with a budding career in traditional Chinese medicine.

In school, Kempf always knew she wanted to do something in the health field. But landing where she did was an accident. Or maybe it was a stroke of fate.

After graduating from Northern State University, Kempf decided to visit the Northwestern Health Sciences University College of Chiropractic in Bloomington, Minn. While on campus, she also toured the Chinese Medicine School, just for something to do and out of sheer curiosity.

“I was always interested in alternative medicine that was still valid. There’s a component to medicine in the West here that has to be very tangible. And Chinese medicine is beautiful at mixing the two,” she said.

Acupuncture originated in ancient China, where practitioners believed it balanced the flow of energy through the body. Modern acupuncturists use it to stimulate nerves, muscles and collective tissues.

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