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The mission of the Kochan Institute for Healing Arts Research is to use, study, evaluate and develop pain treatment therapies based on ancient healing wisdom, modern Western medicine, innovative biomedical technology, and noninvasive CAM therapies. We are interested in developing integrative approaches to treating acute and chronic pain that can significantly improve the physical and psychological health and quality of life of our patients.
We specialize in innovative approaches to pain treatment from using prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma treatments to innovative uses of bee sting therapy for the treatment of pain.
Prolotherapy & PRP
Your body knows how to heal an injury to it, if it is given the right signals. When there is enough of an injury to get bleeding or tissue destruction certain chemicals are released and the body is triggered to respond. It sends in certain cells to cleanup the mess and others to lay down new collagen.
When you have a strain, light sprain or overuse of a tendon, ligament or joint there is no blood, no dead tissue and no recognition by the body of an injury. Thus, there is no or very little healing.
Prolotherapy is the way we can trigger the body’s healing response. PRP or platelet rich plasma can supercharge the healing process by releasing a multitude of growth factors into the area of the injury. To make sure the treatment is done to the right tissue the injections are guided to the correct spot using ultrasound guidance.
Long before there were hypodermic needles to administer local anesthetics and opioid medications there were bees.
Not usually the first modality that comes to mind when one wants pain relief this was a modality well known to ancient physicians and bee keepers all over the world. Using bees and products of the hive- honey, pollen, royal jelly and propolis in healing has been documented in all ancient cultures that left written records. Hippocrates used bees to treat pain and arthritis. It is known that Alexander the Great had his hip pain treated with bee stings. Egyptian papyrus scrolls dating from about 2000BC discuss the use if bee stings for the treatment of rheumatism and baldness. In the past 100 years over 1500 articles on bee venom therapy have been published in the world’s scientific literature, primarily outside of the US.
Dr. Kochan has used honey bee venom to treat the pain of Shingles and PHN (post-herpetic neuralgia) successfully for more than twenty years. He himself was treated with beestings for chronic recurrent Achilles tendinopathy with subsequent pain relief and return of function after one treatment.
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