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|Comment||Michael, Thank you for your quick response. I really needed the confirmation to not use the salivary points on the ear as well as some tried and true points. She is my first post chemo/rad pt in 8 1/2 yrs....zero experience. I was originally treating her for neck tightness wrapping around to her collar bone & stoma. As her tightness resolved I started to try and address the swallowing, partial tongue paralysis, and thick saliva. I have used the points you suggested as part of her tx plan. I believe they did help but not a lot. Her saliva never got "thin" but was more manageable. Swallowing unchanged. Paralysis showed some improvement. Her and her husband decided to d/c tx a month ago believing acupuncture was a failed experiment for everything but the neck tightness then the pt emailed me yesterday asking for an emergency tx because the saliva is out of control. Will try hitting the spleen & ki channels harder. She would really like to get off her feeding tube. If you come up with anything else please shoot me an e-mail. Thanks again for your expert advice =) P.S.: I spent 3 years on Oahu while in the Navy and loved it! What a great place to practice!|
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I am knowledgeable about severe and chronic pain from musculoskeletal or neurological conditions, especially trauma, headache, and fibromyalgia. I can provide guidance that will assist healing and recovery after illness or surgery. I have a particular interest in long-term chronic conditions that are becoming progressively worse or intermittently severe (such as viral hepatitis, Crohn's, or Takayasu syndrome.) I have extensive experience treating endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or thyroid problems, where the primary condition is being monitored by a Western-trained physician, and cancer where there are specific treatment goals other than cure (e.g., decrease of pain; reduction of side effects of radiation and chemotherapy; lessening of edema; palliative treatment of associated conditions.) I do not treat or answer questions about infertility, ALS, or senile dementia.
I have practiced Oriental medicine for over sixteen years in a variety of settings. Much of my practice has centered around a busy clinic specializing in severe long-term chronic pain conditions and palliative care. For several years I worked in a hospice program. I also established a non-profit community clinic providing care to under-served and homeless patients. My work has found me in an HIV clinic in San Francisco, a busy private practice in Oregon, to traveling on muddy 4-wheel drive roads to see dying patients. I now teach acupuncture and Oriental medicine at a school in Hawaii.
My training was at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco where I received a masterís degree in Chinese Medicine. I have current board certifications in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbology from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. I also have certifications in Chinese tui na bodywork, Physical Rehabilitation Training, and biofeedback. I am licensed to practice acupuncture and Oriental medicine in Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. I also have BA, MS, and PhD degrees in subjects not directly related to Oriental medicine.