Clinical Research

Hello there,

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.

Warm wishes,

– Dr. Danielle Burke, DAOM, MTOM, LAC

An Exploration in the Efficacy of Acupuncture in the Relief of Phantom Limb Pain in Amputees – Research Paper

Phantom Limb Pain – Presentation

Marie V.

I had a terrible cough for years after a surgery and none of the prescriptions my regular doctors gave me worked. Danielle made me a custom herbal formula after one of her acupuncture treatments. I had never tried herbs before, so I had no idea what to expect. My cough improved after the first week, and within 3 weeks, my cough was completely gone!! I have been using herbs ever since and recommend this kind of medicine to everyone I know.

Celine S.

I’ve suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome in my hands due to being a hair stylist for over 10 years. My hands began to stiffen and within 3 days, I was not able to release them from a fist position. The pain was almost unbearable. I immediately called Danielle and ran to her for help. She did one session of acupuncture on both hands and within 2 days my hands could fully expand with absolutely no pain! I will forever be grateful for Danielle, she is incredible and I am a true advocate of acupuncture!!

Salvatore B.

I was skeptical at first, but giving myself the opportunity to get out of my comfort zone was one of the best things I’ve done. I deal with back spasms and constant stiffness daily. Not only has this assisted in alleviating pain, but I’ve touched my toes 3 times today with ZERO cracks. It’s flowing well enough to stack me with more energy now, too.