Conditions Treated

Conditions Treated

This is just a sample of some of the conditions treated at the Center for Innovative Medicine in Honolulu.

  • Allergies & Asthma: Sinusitis, Environmental & food allergies, Vog allergies, advanced allergy therapeutics
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Auto-immune conditions: Arthritis, Myasthenia Gravis, Ulcerative Colitis
  • Autism, ADHD
  • Cancer
  • Candida
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive complaints: Acid Reflux, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fatigue
  • Hair loss
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart disease: Palpitations, Congestive Heart Failure, Heart Attack
  • Headaches & migraines including Optical migraines
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Insomnia
  • Low platelets
  • Menstrual difficulties, PMS, Menopausal symptoms
  • Pain management: Arthritis, Trigeminal Neuralgia, Headaches and migraines, TMJ, Plantar Fasciitis, joint pain…
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Respiratory tract problems: Asthma, Sinusitis
  • Skin conditions : Ezcema, Psoriasis, itchiness
  • Stress related problems: Insomnia, Anxiety, Depression, Irritability
  • Thyroid imbalances: Hypothyroid, Hyperthyroid
  • Urinary tract problems: Infections
  • Women’s health concerns: Chronic Yeast & Bacterial infections
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vertigo & Dizziness
  • Unexplained symptoms with negative diagnostic tests



Just a note to say sincere thanks to you for the outstanding care and knowledge you have given me during my treatment over the past year. I have experienced reduced pain, reduced stress during extremely pressurized events, and better health overall as a result of your hints, remedies and excellent advice.
I also very much appreciate your continued research on the development of new techniques and innovative supplements. I am grateful for your time and energy! Keep up the good work! – Craig, Kapolei, HI

I first learned about naturopathic physician and Dr. Karen Tan in 2001. We got to experience the naturopathic alternative to regular health care and found that to be a very valuable and natural way to address health issues. Since then, Dr. Tan has been our family doctor and has helped successfully with many of our health problems. Dr. Tan is a very good doctor with broad knowledge in both conventional and naturopathic medicines. She is also an expert in acupuncture. Dr. Tan is a very patient and friendly doctor, and she spends plenty time understanding as well as explaining to us. Dr. Tan has taught us how to take better care of our body and health. Naturopathic is a new approach to health care and provides patients with essential professional care that cannot be obtained from regular medical doctors. We always tell our friends that they have to spend time experiencing it in order to really appreciate its great value. – Eric Wong, Honolulu, Hawaii

I can’t say enough about the acupuncture and naturopathic treatment that Dr. Tan practices.
For years I suffered severe Temporo-Madibular Joint (TMJ) pain from 2 – 5 times per week, a definite 10+ on the pain scale. It was so debilitating that that all I could do was to sit very still and quietly to minimize excruciating pain, and hope that it would go away soon. I could not work, I could not play, I could barely function anything I did would create more pain.
After a few treatments with Dr. Tan, the TMJ all but exists. A combination of acupuncture, naturopathic medicine, and gentle encouragement about lifestyle changes has me a new TMJ-free person. No more pain. I’m positive that the treatment worked because Dr. Tan evaluated my whole body, mind, and spirit, and did not just treat the symptoms. It just does not get any better than this! Mahalo Dr. Tan – Anonymous patient

After being told I needed hip replacement due to Osteoarthritis, I sought an alternative. I was allergic to the medication the Drs. wanted me to take, and had debilitating pain in my hip. I had lost a lot of strength and mobility. I had gone from surfing several days a week to 3-4 days a year. My first PRP treatment was eye opening. Quite painful on administration, but the next few days were amazing. Almost no pain at all, no more pills no more limping. After about four days I noticed my mobility was greatly improved, and my strength was returning. I haven’t been this pain free for two years. I’m hoping to find the time to get back in the water and surf again. – Mario, Hawaii

I have found Dr. Karen Tan’s knowledge, energy and demeanor are unsurpassed in the health care community. She has treated me for a variety of illnesses all with great success. She didn’t just treat an illness, but she clearly explained how and sometimes even why each illness I had was interacting with my body and provided information for how I can prevent recurrences. I found this approach to be enlightening and refreshing. I always had the utmost confidence when I had a health issue, Dr. Tan would fit me in her schedule, no matter how busy she was, and she would give me her complete and undivided attention. Further, she made me feel as if we were working on the problem together, not just her treating me; I admire and appreciate this approach in health care. Dr. Tan’s desire to continue to learn new treatments is extremely impressive. Her ability to bring new concepts for care back to her patients and clearly explain these concepts was not only of value but also encouraging in that I knew this was a person who wasn’t just “sitting back” and resting on her laurels. Dr. Karen Tan has provided me with great care and compassion which encouraged me to heal and grow as a person. I am forever indebted to the care she has provided me and highly recommend her to all of my friends, and would highly recommend her to anyone. – John H. Magnus


At the age of 25, I suddenly became asthmatic and my sinus became very sensitive to everything. Within a five month time span, I had bronchitis twice and was told by my Ear, Nose and Throat doctor that I would need to inhale steroid medication twice a day for the rest of my life to ensure sinus relief. Even with the steroids, I had major sinus pain on the right side of my face everyday, which forced me to take Advil on a daily basis in order to function at all.
I decided that I didn’t want to live my life on medication every single day. I was referred to Dr. Karen Tan and had results within two days. I no longer had to take Advil, inhale steroids or use my asthma inhaler. I visited Dr. Tan for about a month and a half and learned that my body had developed sensitivities to things that we all encounter on a daily basis- mold, mildew, dust, sulfur (vog) and my own mucus- yes, it’s possible. After several treatments, I feel so relieved- I feel healthy again.
Taking away a lifetime of pain and medication is priceless. I’ve learned that prescription drugs mask the problem and the painful symptoms, but fail to treat the body. I am so thankful for Dr. Tan and her painless treatment methods, words can not explain what she has done for my life. – Heather M. Doeringer

I was extremely allergic to lilies, Casablanca white lilies, red Oriental lilies and any fragrant flower or perfume. They made me sneeze, gave me a sore throat, itchy eyes, trouble breathing, lots of post nasal drip and ruined my sleep. Dr Tan gave me one treatment to cover most flowering plants. Now I can have great bunches of lilies sitting in my living room and I have no problems at all with them. Except for the orange pollen that stains my carpet.
I had a severe cat allergy. If I visited the home of people who had a cat I would begin sneezing after a few minutes then develop itchy eyes, wheezing, and eventually asthma-type symptoms. It would take me almost 24 hours to recover even if I left the place within half an hour. My friends, who all seem to have cats, tried vacuuming before I arrived, hiding their cats away, and opening all the doors and windows. But still I had a hard time and had to meet them away from their homes.
Then I discovered Dr Tan. She treated me for my allergy and I visited my daughter’s home (with two indoor cats) and was fine. A few days later I visited again and even petted the cats and was still fine. Then I visited a friend’s home where I’d had the worst problems with their fluffy pet. I was perfectly fine, no symptoms at all despite being there for two hours. Thank you Dr Tan. – Sue Wilcox

I’ve suffered from drug (antibiotic) induced eczema since Oct 2007. Of course, prescribed steroids and other antibiotics didn’t help. In March 2008, I suffered a terribly bad case of inflammatory eczema. It affected up and down both of my arms and legs and my lower back. I look terrible, as if I had some kind of flesh eating disease. I couldn’t sleep at night and showers only brought agony and tears. This went on for a month and it got to the point where a large area of my right lower shin had become infected, and a series of boils appeared long my right leg.
I knew that an allopathic doctor wouldn’t be able to help me anymore. All the medications they prescribed only further messed up my system. So, I know it was time to get treatment from a naturopathic doctor. I prayed that the Lord would guide me to a good one!
Upon my first visit with Dr Tan, she told me right off the bat that my immune system was “shot”. First, we treated the inflammation. Two days after my second treatment, I woke up to such noticeable improvement that I couldn’t believe my own eyes. Since then, the inflammation/eczema dramatically disappeared as the days went by under Dr Tan’s treatment. I couldn’t help thinking that I wish I had found Dr Tan much sooner. I would’ve been spared a great deal of pain and suffering, I’m sure! – Catherine Symonds, Wahiawa, Hawaii

I have been suffering from environmental and food allergies since childhood.  Years of allergy medications helped to clear the sinus congestion, runny nose and itchy eyes, but also came with a long list of side effects.  Dr Tan has shown me a better way.  She listened carefully to my health history and current concerns, then tailored an allergy elmination program specifically for me.  Dr Tan took the time to answer my questions and even recommended 2 books.  After only a few months of treatment,  I am breathing easier and have developed a new sense of well-being.  I finally feel like I am in control of my allergies, instead of  the other way around.  After living for so many years with allergy symptoms, it is wonderful to enjoy the smells of nature, all without drugs.  I highly recommend Dr Tan.
Elissa Koskela, Kaneohe, Hawaii

My 10 year old son was treated with AAT for his symptoms to dairy, chocolate and sugar. His frequent ‘itchy bite’ rashes have completely disappeared.
My 8 year old daughter was also treated with AAT for for symptoms to food. She is able to tolerate dairy products and wheatsince the treatments. Her skin rashes have almost disappeared and her stomachaches are gone. – Renee Allison

Salty foods always make me bloat, so I have been very careful to watch my salt intake. One treatment for this sensitivity cleared my symptoms. I still watch my intake for my health, but I notice that when I do eat something salty, I no longer have any fluid retention. I never thought this would be possible–I always figured that I was someone who could never tolerate salt. – Anonymous patient

Whenever I was around cats, I would have itchy eyes and runny nose. If I touched their fur, I would get hives. After being treated by AAT, I can now hold and pet a cat without any symptoms. I now have a pet cat! – Monique Yuen

AAT has made a tremendous difference in my son’s behavior. Prior to treatment, nothing I did could modify his abnormal sleep schedule. Since 18 months of age, Dason slept at 2-3 am and woke 6-7 times a night up to 2 years of age, 3-4 times a night up to 30 months and 2-3 times a night up to age 3. More recently, prior to treatment, he slept at 4-5 am and woke 1-2 times a night. Since receiving treatments, he is sleeping at 10:30 pm and staying down for the night 50-60 % of the time and if he wakes up, its only once a night.
Dason’s irritability and ‘hyped-up’ behavior has also been a major concern. He received occupational therapy to address sensory issues which contributed to this behavior. However, after personal research, I decided to examine a possible dietary link. In 1-2 weeks of a strict elimination diet, Dason�s behavior improved notably. However, avoidance of all possible dietary allergenic substances was next to impossible and cooking for Dason proved extremely difficult and time consuming. I could not find a medical professional receptive to treating sensory concerns with a dietary approach so I decided to try a naturopathc approach.
Thankfully, AAT treatments with Dr Tan has proven effective. It’s given our family our life back. Prior to treatment, I slept little and at odd hours and spent most waking hours managing food issues and poor behavior. That’s all changed for the better. It’s finally, for me, an answer to what was once a very desperate situation. – Dee Lee

Being a naturopath as well, I have been aware of food as allergens to cause digestive problems, thus I have tried a lot hypoallergenic diets to decrease my symptoms and address my health. These diets did help while on them, however, staying on them all of the time proved to be difficult. After hearing Dr. Tan speak at a lecture about Advanced Allergy Testing, I thought, I need to give that a try.
Since working with Dr. Tan, my digestive symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, and a constant “full feeling” have decreased and even gone away while returning foods into my diet that I have been avoiding for years.
Thank You, thank you, Dr. Tan for all your help!! – Summer Baptist, ND

I am a colorist and hairstylist. I have been doing hair for almost 10 years. I have always enjoyed coloring people’s hair until recently. I noticed a chronic cough every time I did color on a client or washed out color. The cough continued even when I wasn’t in the salon. I was nervous that all the chemicals from my years of coloring clients was starting to bring an allergy to the color. I was devastated to find this out because being a colorist is so much my passion and brings so much to my career. I was treated by Dr Karen and after one treatment to the hair color, my cough resolved and I have been symptom free since and its been 4 months. – April Ichinose

Dr. Tan has worked wonders with my sensitivity symptoms. I’ve always had sensitivity to the vog and had to move from the Big Island to Moloka’i because of it. Whenever the vog acted up, my nose would run like a river and I’d have to literally carry around a box of tissues, or stick one up my nostril to keep it at bay. I’d also become very tired and become physically sick and would be bed-ridden till the vog lightened up. Over time, my reactions increased so much that if my sinuses became clogged up, I would lose my hearing and it would take almost a month for them to re-open with antibiotics. Ever since I went to Dr. Tan, my reactions to the vog have disappeared. My sinuses and eyes no longer are affected by the vog conditions. During my first appointment with Dr. Tan she also checked me for any other airborne or food items that I could also have reaction to. I discovered that I reacted to milk/dairy products, cats, fungus/molds, grasses/weeds, sugar mix, wheat, dust, sinus fungus, and a couple others. So far, she has treated the majority of them and I’ve noticed the astounding outcomes! Dr. Tan even cured my sensitivity to my favorite food, potatoes which would have been tortuous for me to give up! In addition to this, I have had a wicked time with motion sickness throughout my short life. Whenever I go on a ferryboat or make a car trip with windy roads, I’ll either throw up or have horrible stomach issues. Dr. Tan has just recently treated me for this condition as well and now I can’t wait to do both to test the results! Dr. Tan has helped me enjoy my life so much more rather than having to check the environment constantly for vog or numerous amounts of dust, or having to avoid dairy products and my favorite comfort food, potatoes, and has opened a new door to living and breathing a whole new life. Thank you Dr. Tan for everything. A contented and happy faced 16 year old. – EJ, Moloka’i


I have been a patient of Dr Tan for over 6 months.  Muscle pain from fibromyalgia is the reason I started seeing Dr Tan.  She was referred to me from another patient who was pleased with her work.  Dr Tan has helped me eliminate 75% of my muscle pain.  I continue to see her whenever new muscle pain develops. – Donna Kowalczyk, Honolulu, HI

I have suffered from pain associated with fibromyalgia for several years.  These symptoms worsened during my pregnancy and continued to bother me after the birth of my child.  With just one treatment from Dr Tan, most of the pain has improved significantly.  With the exception of my wrists, the pain in my ankles, feet, knees waist, arms and shoulders are gone – Sherrie Takushi, Aiea, HI

All my life I have struggled with my weight. My mother supervised my first diet at age 8. (My mother had lost 100 lbs in a similar diet before she married)  At age 11, I was 5 ft 1.75 inches and weighed 144 lbs.  That year I did manage to lose some weight.

As an adult, I sought medical assistance to lose weight at least twice as well as numerous attempts at various programs on my own.  I became interested in natural health, healing and foods, even becoming a good vegetarian cook.  However, I was unable to achieve a healthy weight.  Finding Ultra Lite was a miracle for me. Although weighing, measuring and recording my food was difficult for me, I was immediately encouraged by a 5 lb weight loss the first week and again the second week. In only 10 weeks, I lost 30 lbs reaching my goal. Amazing!

Although I was eating a small amount of food, I was not hungry, nor did I crave sweets, my usual downfall.  I had more energy and felt better than I had in ages with Ultra Lite.  The program has also given me the confidence that I can manage my weight and I know that I can go back on the program whenever I need to.

I feel that I have been given a new lease on life!  Thank you very much, Dr Tan.
– Jaquie-Marie Johnson, RDH, Wahiawa, HI

Every year I make the same New Year’s resolution,  to lsoe weight and body fat to feel better about myself.

Well, this year, I’ll have to come up with something else thanks to you  and the Ultra Lite Weight Management program.  Through your program, combined with regular weight training and cardio exercise, I have lost 25 pounds and almost 10% body fat.  Your one on one care and thorough knowledge of the program has been invaluable to my success.

I am so thrilled with my results and the reaction I’m getting from my friends and colleague and husband, it is very motivating!

I wish you (and me) continued success with the program and hope that many others find their way to your office and this fantastic, beneficial program. – Jamie Hartnett, Honolulu, HI

I use to think that I was allergic to alcohol since whenever I drank beer or wine, I use to not only get congested immediately, but also had hangover effects the following morning. After being treated for yeast and wheat by Dr. Tan, I no longer get congested or feel any negative effects the next day.
Whenever I ate anything made with eggs, I immediately had a slight headache. After being treated for eggs by Dr. Tan, no matter how many eggs I eat, I don’t get any headaches!
Every time vog would be brought in by the Kona winds, I’d get congestion along with post nasal drip. Once Dr. Tan treated me for vog, I no longer have those symptoms. – Steven Yoshida

Before AAT treatment, I would have difficulty breathing on voggy days. In addition to shallow breathing, I would experience pounding headaches and severe fatigue. After one session at Dr. Tan’s office, my symptoms cleared completely. In fact, I no longer notice when there is vog outside.
I have never been able to drink coffee or even strong teas because of my sensitivity to caffeine. Even the smallest amounts would cause me to become dizzy. After being treated for this sensitivity, I decided to try drinking some coffee. I was so surprised that, while I did feel a rush from the caffeine, I no longer felt sick. – Brenda Kwon

I have been smoking off and on for over twenty years. I was surprised to learn that I showed up with sensitivity to cigarette smoke. After one treatment, I found that the smell of cigarette smoke became very distasteful to me. In addition, when I did have a cigarette, I became so nauseous that I had to go home and lie down. It’s now been a month since that cigarette, and I have absolutely no desire, for the first time, to ever smoke again
– Anonymous patient

I used to have severe reactions to dust. Every time I cleaned house, moved stuff around my closets, helped my friend in her warehouse or went near boxes that had been in storage, I would sneeze uncontrollably. Sometimes my reaction would be so strong that I would be put out for the rest of the day. After one treatment for dust, I have noticed a significant change and I am able to do these things with little to no reaction. – Melissa Berona, Honolulu

I experienced bad headaches whenever I go from an air conditioned office to my car on a hot day. When I got out of my car into the hot sun to get to my appointment with Dr Tan, I started developing a sinus headache. While Dr Tan was treating me, the headache slowly disappeared. Since then, I have not had those headaches. Mahalo, Dr Tan.
– Colleen

I love my dogs! I was sad to find out that my dogs … well their dander … was causing some of my symptoms. I like to think it was because of the dust in the air or the pollen outside…I was in denial. Every time I’d play with my dogs for a length of time or give them a bath I would go into a sneezing fit along with getting itchy and watery eyes. Petting them was okay but spending prolonged “quality time” was definitely a challenge.
I was referred to Dr. Tan to check out some food allergies that may be causing some digestive issues. I also found out that my dogs were indeed causing some stress on my system. After treatment that day, I went home and hung out with my dogs … and noticed that I had no reaction to them. No sneezing, no itchy, watery eyes. The very next day I went a step further and hugged them … no reaction, even till this very day. It’s amazing! I’ll be back to clear the rest of the symptoms … and will definitely recommend Dr. Tan to my family and friends. This really works!
With blessings for good health! – Laurie

For over twenty years I suffered from eczema; my lower legs, upper arms, and back were often covered with itchy sores. My sleep was disturbed every night by itching and scratching. About eight years ago I concluded that the itchy eczema was caused, at least in part, by what I was eating. By experimentation I found that corn syrup and cornstarch were two of the causes and tried to avoid them though it was almost impossible since they are in almost all processed foods. I saw a dermatologist and an allergist but got no relief except by using a steroid cream which thinned my skin. If my skin began to heal using the steroid preparation it would soon be a mass of sores again when I ate something that set off the itching and scratching. One day I heard of AAT (Advanced Allergy Therapeutics) and found Dr. Karen Tan. On my first visit Dr. Tan was able to discover that I had reactions to twelve different substances. I began to have relief immediately after the first treatment and, after just a few weeks, my legs, arms, and back are almost completely healed and I am again able to eat the foods that I love without setting off an itching frenzy. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Tan and AAT. – Carol Amorozo, Waipahu

It seems that over the years, as I approached my 40’s, my body was starting to react negatively to many things in the environment and to certain foods. For example, I had difficulty breathing when the vog came in, I developed severe seasickness (even when boogie boarding and snorkeling), I woke up every day with postnasal drip and sinus stuffiness, and I got diarrhea and welts eating shellfish or raw egg yolks.
I was somewhat skeptical about this type of treatment because I am a registered nurse and have been seeing an allergist regularly for 20 years. What prompted me to seek immediate treatment with Dr. Karen Tan was an upcoming five day Alaskan fishing trip that I had planned for my family. (Had I lost my mind? How was I going to survive on the boat all day?) Well, after ONE treatment, my seasickness was GONE! I had the best family vacation ever, catching salmon, halibut and black cod (deep sea fishes). My husband was dumbfounded yet quite impressed with the outcome.
I no longer have problems with vog, eggs, shellfish, acid reflux, and postnasal drip. I continue the treatments on a regular basis in order to be in optimum health. My son is also in treatment for his symptoms. It’s amazing and well worth the time and cost to be healthy. – Donna Hayashida


I am completely awed with the rapid  progress I’ve made with Dr Karen Tan.  I came to her with a host of issues, and my concerns have been addressed with amazing results. I was exhausted and completely out of balance.  The first week on the program was like being hit by a truck.  All I would think was that I must be really toxic.   I stuck with the regimen, and the fog lifted by about the 8th day.

I have been overjoyed with my weight loss, the return of my energy levels, and feeling like I’m back in the driver’s seat with regard to my body and my health.  For the first time in 9 years, I feel attractive again.. I want to go out with friends and socialize. I’m up in the mornings feeling youthful and with levels of vitality I truly haven’t experienced in years.  I honestly had no idea that the improvements to my health would be so profound this quickly.

I am sleeping through the night; my junk food cravings have abated: although I truly thought it impossible, I am drinking only one cup of caffeinated tea per day: and I feel excited about my life.  And this is just the first month and a half!!

What a gift and a gem Dr Karen Tan is!! – Cari Vallo, Kailua, HI

Frozen shoulder

I have a frozen shoulder for about a year where I could not lift my arm. After one treatment, I was able to raise my arm higher than my shoulder, almost vertical which was something I could not do for quite sometime. Tenderness was also considerably reduced.  Thank you Dr Tan! – Diane Ito, Kaneohe, HI

Myasthenia Gravis

I was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in which the medical field informed me that there was no cure. Thankfully, I was referred to Dr Tan by a total stranger. At that time, my condition was getting critical.My throat was closing up and my left eyelid was almost completely closed. After only couple of treatments from Dr Tan, my eyelid opened and I was able to swallow normally again. Dr Tan then continued treatment for the many other conditions caused by MG. My health at this time has never been better. I have recommended Dr Tan to my friends and family and all have been successfully treated naturally. Thank you again, Dr Tan.
– Marion Pitcher, Waialua, HI


Dr Tan is a miracle worker! I first went to see her after being told by medical doctors that I would never have a child.  They said there was nothing medical science could do to help my husband and I conceive.  I wasn’t a candidate for IVF or infertility medications.  I heard about Dr Tan from a co-worker and decided to see if she could help me.  She put me on a comprehensive program and  I got pregnant 2 months after I started on her program.   My pregnancy was healthy and uneventful as was the birth of my daughter.  Thanks to Dr Tan, I now have a healthy baby. – Monica Sheehy, Kaneohe, HI

Varicose veins, Low back pain, Neck pain

I came to lovely Honolulu to see my sister and she recommended me to see Dr Karen Tan. I have had my large and small veins in my legs giving me trouble for 6 years- lots of swelling and pressure going on. Then my lower back has been giving me trouble for about 15 years. My neck has been bothering me for about 6 years. After one treatment, I felt about 90% better. The second treatment was even better. It feels so good to be pain free. I’m trying to decide whether I should stay or take the doctor home with me! – Pam Hanson, International Falls, Minnesota

Unfortunately i started the new year with a very painful stiff neck. It started on the right side and moved to the left. I could hardly hold my head up. Thanks to Dr Tan and her magical treatments the pain was gone in three sessions and I had full range of motion! – Marilyn Alper, Honolulu, HI

Hot flashes, Insomnia, Migraines

I came to Dr Tan looking for a naturopathic way to cure my migraines, hot flashes and insomnia. After 3 months of treatments, my 4-5 times a week migraines are gone! My hot flashes are 90% cured. I’m sure with another treatment, it will be history. I am also sleeping more soundly and wake up refreshed-its great! I am thrilled to have my life back, waking up from a restful night’s sleep, without migraines and going through the day without hot flashes. Dr Tan has a wonderful gift to heal with a very caring spirit! Thank you!! – Margie Ige, Honolulu, HI

After just one acupuncture treatment from Dr Tan, I was amazed with the relief I experienced from my horrible hot flashes.. Summer was here and I was just miserable before being treated by Dr Tan.  I can’t express how grateful I am to Dr Tan. – Lorna Wood, Honolulu, HI

Thank you Karen.  After suffering from insomnia for the better part of my life (I’m 78), you have finally found the answer.  This took several doctors and many years of trying.  I am now sleeping better than I can ever remember and as a result have more energy and stamina.  You have also eliminated the arthritis from my finger.  Your treatments really work. – Peggy Trevor, Kaneohe, HI

Herniated disk

I have been told by surgeons that I should have surgery on my back due to a badly herniated disk. Instead, I used exercise, acupuncture, massage, breathing and naturopathic medicine to help me through most of the pain and into recovery. However, I still suffered a lingering pain that came on when I sat or drove a car for any length of time. In my most recent visit to Dr. Tan, she used a new technique. I felt no pain as I left her office. I have had that experience with other therapies but gradually the pain comes back. This time, I felt a lasting improvement. Although I can still feel slight symptoms at times, my back is the best it has been for a few years. – Lisa Ferentinos, Waimanalo, HI

Low Back Pain

I have had constant backache since age 8 from an injury and have had a lot of hospital help to try and fix it with no success.  Having never tried alternative treatment, I went to Dr Karen for acupuncture.  I was slightly skeptical due to the fact that I’m now 22 years old and thought if there was a cure, it would have been suggested by now.   However, after one session with Dr Karen, the pain was totally gone.  Now 3 weeks later,  I have minimal to no bak pain and can enjoy my sports again.
– Douglas Watson, Mililani, HI

I have been treated for various conditions by Dr Tan for over 8 yrs. I am 66 and seem to have small things going on now and then. The most memorable events she treated were joint pain and lower back pain. My “cure” is nearly immediate or greatly improved or gone with just a few treatments. Physical therapy failed. Dr Tan succeeded! Everyone should have her do acupuncture as a first line of treatment for any medical problem. – Louise Coward, Honolulu


I have had tendonitis in my elbow for over 7 years.  It causes a severe pain as well as constant aching in the elbow and a numbing sensation down to my finger tips.  After being treated by Dr Tan, the ache was immediately gone.   In addition, my elbow doesn’t click anymore and the whole joint feels almost normal. – Lauren Aoki, Honolulu, HI

Weight Management

After reaching my desired weight, I found I could successfully maintain that weight by following the maintenance guidelines as much as possible.  This means  I do my best to eat (more often than not) what’s recommended and keep up with a regular exercise routine.  On special occasions like Thanksgiving when I do overindulge, I find I can still maintain my weight if I continue to make healthy choices, and eat in moderation those foods that may not be recommended or healthy.  If I occasionally gain a few pounds,  I know I can quickly lose the extra weight  by returning to the maintenance program or, if necessary, the main program.


Thank you for teaching me how to maintain my ideal weight.

– K.M., Honolulu, HI

I had put on an extra 20 pounds in the past few years due to a thyroid condition and a stressful, hectic lifestyle. I exercised regularly and made an effort to control my food intake–all with limited success.  When I saw a friend lose 12 pounds in a month with Dr Tan’s assistance, I decided to give Dr Tan’s weight management program a try.

In just 11 weeks, I was able to lost the entire 20 pounds of fat and I have easily maintained the loss for the past 8 months.  I followed the regimen closely, enjoyed varied, healthy meals and never felt hungry or deprived.  The scientific basis for this program works–you really do burn fat.  Having Dr Tan monitor your progress weekly and provide her expertise and support were also invaluable in the process.

I am so glad that this natural, safe method of weight loss was available to me and I highly recommend it to others. – L.S., Honolulu, HI

Dr. Tan truly helped me accomplish some incredible things with the Ultra Lite Program. At my high point I weighed in at 278 lbs, was unhappy, and in danger of losing my job. In just 10 weeks Dr. Tan helped me get down around 230 lbs, about a 50 lb loss. By following a simple plan and with Dr. Tan helping me to be honest and committed to what I was doing and admitting to the mistakes I made I was not only able to lose all the weight, but have developed a new life style.  Now feel that I have the skills to keep losing weight, and to keep it off, thus living a more productive and happy life. Everywhere I go people are telling me how great I look, I feel better, I look better, I am happier, and not only did I keep my job, but I got a promotion! I recommend this program to anyone who is serious about not just losing weight, but changing their life for the better, because it can happen.
– Tim Shafroth, Honolulu, HI

Center for Innovative Medicine Honolulu

Center for Innovative Medicine Honolulu