My name is Dr. Danielle Burke, DAOM, MTOM, LAC, and I am currently organizing a clinical case study in Los Angeles, California through the nonprofit I started this year, the White Aspen Research Foundation. This study will use neuro-acupuncture for the relief of phantom limb pain in Veteran amputees. My alma mater, Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California, has graciously donated its facilities to conduct this case series. This foundation will also be providing a mentorship for students enrolled in Emperor’s Doctorate of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program at the college.
Requirements for this study are limb loss and the presence of phantom limb pain. If you, or someone you know, would like to participate in this study, please contact me as soon as possible as space is limited.
Phantom limb pain is the perceived pain in part of the body that is no longer present, and is a condition that affects more than 80% of amputees. Western medicine approaches humans as biochemical in nature and primarily treats disease with pharmaceuticals, as in the case of Phantom Limb Pain, with treatments lacking consistency and long-term pain relief. These treatment failures do not consider the presence of our subtle energy bodies and the influence disruptions in these fields may have on the physical body. My research has reviewed the pain processing pathways of the brain, the existence of subtle energy, its relation to traditional Chinese medicine, and the use of acupuncture as a method of treatment for phantom limb pain. View my research paper and presentation below for more information about this phenomenon.
– Dr. Danielle Burke, DAOM, MTOM, LAC