My approach to patient care is holistic, choosing to respect the total person with individualized treatments that incorporate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease, and most importantly, to promote optimal health. This condition of holistic health is defined as the unlimited and unimpeded free flow of life force energy through body, mind, and spirit.
Holistic medicine encompasses all safe and appropriate modalities of diagnosis and treatment. It includes analysis of physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional, spiritual and lifestyle elements. Holistic medicine focuses upon patient education and participation in the healing process.
I established the CHI Medical Center in 1994 to integrate allopathic, alternative and preventive medical modalities, as well as lifestyle management and health education counseling. Until May 2004, the CHI Medical Center was housed in a 120 year-old Victorian home in Maumee, Ohio, which was symbolic of traditional philosophies, while incorporating the technology and contemporary protocols for optimum health. Renovation included state-of-the-art medical and technical equipment, full-spectrum lighting, Fong-Shui design to enhance the flow of life-force energy, healing sound with harp music to promote relaxation, healing and wellness, therapeutic chromatics in the choice of soothing and refreshing colors.
The time eventually came to relocate CHI Medical Center to an ideal location where I can bridge the East and West medicine at its highest potential. Since May 2004, CHI Medical Center has been relocated to one of the beautiful valleys of the Ko’olau Mountain Range on the island of Oahu, Hawaii with a similar interior setup but additionally with the exterior beauty of fresh mountain air, the sound of water streams, a year-round Spring-like season, and good energy – Qi. This is an ideal place for establishing a landmark center for complementary treatment options and educational outreach to the medical community and the general public. A main emphasis is to generate professional peer level forums on the integration of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western allopathy as well as seminars for laypersons to achieve a more effective form of healthcare in the US.
I follow the philosophy that patients are ultimately responsible for their own health, and the patient and the doctor are partners in health care management. I work closely with each patient, allowing quality time to serve individual needs. All new patients are required to fill out a comprehensive health questionnaire. This gives each person a chance to review her/his medical history as well as emotional history. To understand oneself is the beginning of the Chi Medical Center’s health program and the therapeutic process, as well as developing the patient-physician partnership.
The majority of patients who come to my office have already tried most of the possible Western diagnostic tools and pharmaceuticals as well as surgical treatments without satisfactory results. During the initial visit, after a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s medical history, I investigate the cause of the illness, including all situations that may affect the emotional balance. Most of my patients, male or female, having experienced psycho-emotional trauma but without realizing it, and therefore are not dealing with it. The pain is then an expression of a deep-seated trauma which takes the experience to a level of physical disorder, such as fibromyalgia, insomnia, depression, chronic headaches, back pain, TMJ, hormonal imbalance, etc. I work with the patient to expose the underlying psycho-emotional trauma at the root of the physical disability. If the deep-seated emotional trauma is treated, most of the associated physical pain will subside.
During the initial visit, we also discuss the theories, philosophies and techniques of energy medicine: the meridian system and the medical acupuncture treatment protocol. Additional information may be given, if needed, on medical acupressure techniques for emotional release and life-style modification techniques, including dietary recommendations and home study materials, which include various books and tapes. One of my goals is to educate the patient to be independently healthy, rather than to medicate them forever.
In my experience patients who are self-motivated are also determined to be healthy, and they take charge of their healing. They respond best to the treatment if they follow the above recommendations. Treatments are not toxic and minimally invasive. They require the patient to be a part of the healing process.