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Michael M. Zanoni, MS, LAc


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.

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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.

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Recent Answers from Michael M. Zanoni, MS, LAc

2016-01-11 I.B.S.:

Aloha, Bud -    I applaud your efforts at controlling this difficult condition.  Both acupuncture and herbal formula may be of assistance.  I typically use acupuncture to get a situation under control

2015-06-08 P-6.:

Mark -  Your question is one of accuracy vs precision. In acupuncture, point location is based on "body inches."  The point Nei Guan (P6) is two body-inches towards the elbow from the wrist crease.  Two

2015-03-11 Accupuncture for plantar faciitis?:

Bud-  Plantar fasciitis can be extremely frustrating to treat, not to mention the pain involved.  I assume you know that foot position during sleep can make it worse and that you have most likely tried

2015-02-17 Wrist tendonitis:

Jim -    Sounds like you need to give your wrist a rest.  There are several possible diagnoses, although your situation is most likely what is called intersection syndrome. This is common in athletes and

2015-01-03 Chronic pain:

Sean -    Sounds like you have really been "through the wringer" with this pain.  Chronic abdominal pain can often not be taken seriously by physicians once it is determined that the pain is not being


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