Thu Yen Mac: “Try Acupuncture Before Surgery”

For chronic pain patients, Western medicine offers limited solutions. If physical rehabilitation doesn’t work, pills or surgery might be next.

Pain pills have caused a national crisis of addiction. Surgery has its risks, and it doesn’t always work.

Acupuncture is an alternative that has helped some chronic pain patients manage their pain without drugs or operations.

“Acupuncture helps alleviate chronic pain by treating both the root of the problem as well as the symptoms,” says Thu Yen Mac of West Oʻahu Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. “In Eastern Medicine we treat the body as a whole, seeing that everything is connected.”

Every patient is different, but a typical treatment plan for a chronic pain patient could include:

  • Acupuncture and cupping treatments twice per week, for five weeks
  • Herbal Foot Soak infusions in conjunction with acupuncture
  • Internal herbal/botanical medicine
  • Topicals (traditional liniments or CBD salves) to help alleviate pain

Thu Yen earned her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), the country’s first and oldest acupuncture school. She underwent more than 3,000 hours of academic training and clinical practice. She moved to Kapolei in 2018 and founded West Oʻahu Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine soon after.

Thu Yen meets individually with all patients. She will listen to your health concerns and design a treatment plan just for you.

Chronic Pain Success Stories

Some of Thu Yen’s chronic pain success stories include:

  • A patient with chronic low back pain for 10 years – this was quite a complicated case but we were able to help alleviate 80% of his pain after consistently working on it for 3 months.
  • A 40-year-old male coming in with a shoulder injury and was told he required surgery. We were able to get him out of pain after only 5 sessions. He no longer needed surgery.
  • A patient with a year of painful plantar fasciitis. This was constant sharp pain in the heel that was 8 out of 10 on the pain scale. The patient’s pain is entirely gone after 6 sessions and they are back to running.

“Acupuncture works cumulatively so the more sessions we do, the faster and longer the results,” says Thu Yen. “Chronic pain is going to take some time to help heal, but it is possible. The sooner you seek treatment, the easier and faster it is to help alleviate the pain.”

Thu Yen is willing to speak to anyone who wants an alternative to drugs or surgery. You can book an initial 20-minute consultation for free online, or by calling (808) 638-4559.

Says Thu Yen: “It’s your body, and your choice.”