Acupuncture: Healing without drugs

Acu ManAs a physician, I have always been interested in the tremendous challenge of treating pain. Unfortunately, for many patients, traditional Western medicine often does not provide effective treatments; either the pain is not relieved, or the side effects of the medications are intolerable. To pursue other treatment options, I studied Medical Acupuncture at the Helms Medical Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles. Their program integrates the ancient healing practices of acupuncture into the Western medical viewpoint, creating the “Best of East and West.” Since training in Medical Acupuncture in 2004, I have treated hundreds of patients.

Common Ailments for Acupuncture Treatment:

  • chronic back and neck pain
  • migraine headaches
  • tennis elbow
  • shoulder pain
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • smoking cessation
  • chronic sinusitis

Acupuncture has allowed me to heal patients when other methods have failed.

My Approach

I emphasize selecting the best treatment options from East and West. First and foremost, I am an Internal Medicine physician. To initiate acupuncture treatment, I begin with an hour long traditional history and physical examination. I want to understand a patient and their ailment from a Western medical viewpoint. I evaluate the following questions:

  • Has the correct diagnoses been made?

  • Would acupuncture treatment be appropriate?

  • Have all effective Western medical therapies been tried?

After almost 25 years as a physician with experience in pain treatment, I can often bring valuable insight to the Western medical management of a health problem, even before initiating acupuncture treatment.

I find that for complicated medical problems the best solutions often require a combination of multiple treatment modalities in addition to acupuncture. For example, chronic pain syndromes of the neck and back require careful attention to spinal alignment, muscle strength as well as ergonomics in the home and work place. I often refer patients to physical therapists for a collaborative treatment program. Occasionally, I will discover a sleep disorder that can be corrected to improve a pain syndrome. I find great satisfaction in putting together a collection of treatments to address a difficult health problem. As I often, tell my patients, “complicated problems may require complicated solutions!”

To learn more about Medical Acupuncture, please see the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture website.