Amarkaur Northrup, LAc, MAcOM, Dipl OM
My Journey As a Healer
My first experience using alternative medicine came as a young woman when I was hit by a car while riding a bike…
Unbeknownst to me, my journey began when I was a young girl and my father, a WWII veteran who had spent time in Japan, would have me walk on his back or use my knees and elbows to deeply work his many aches and pains. He told me these techniques were a style of Japanese bodywork used to relieve pain and muscle spasm.
As a young adult I became interested in a diet known as the Macrobiotic Diet, which focused on the healing powers of miso. This diet opened my mind to the Eastern concepts of Qi and the energetic body.
One day in Bend Or., I was hit by a car while riding a bicycle. This was before the days of helmets, and I sustained a pretty serious head injury that resulted in seven days of amnesia, with multiple soft tissue injuries. When I was released from the hospital I was told to avoid pain medications to prevent complications with my head injury. With no further guidance I was left to heal and recover on my own. I found myself drawn to acupressure books and discovered I had a natural affinity for finding acupressure and painful trigger points. This was assisted by what my father had taught me years before. In 1982, I learned that Portland opened its first acupuncture college and I moved to Eugene to begin my college degree in health sciences.
“Thank you Dad”
Today, I am a comprehensively trained and licensed acupuncturist (LAc) in the state of Oregon since 1991, and have been in private practice for more than 25 years. I received my degree, Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, and am board certified as a Diplomat of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).
I have had a lifelong interest in healthy eating, exercise, meditation, Qi Gong and Kundalini yoga. I feel these tools have been invaluable in my practice, helping me to support patients in their own healing process. I believe that each of us has the capacity to heal ourselves and fulfill our goals in life, so that we may serve our families and communities with joy and grace.