Douglas Krech O.M.D. (Doctor of Oriental Medicine) began his career in the medical profession with studies in traditional Western medicine abroad, Due to a low back injury, he returned to the United States for treatment. His family doctor prescribed several medications to ease the pain but, after months of pain, none seemed to really work. Desperate for some relief, at the advice of a friend, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. resorted to alternative therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine. Like many others, he was reluctant at first, but after several treatments, his condition began to improve dramatically.
As an athlete, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. soon realized the value of this natural, though effective, medicine. In 1984, he decided to pursue a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He went on to graduate with honors from Emperors College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1987 and soon later obtained his Doctor of Oriental Medicine from SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine. Subsequently, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. was awarded his diploma, D. Hom, in Homeopathic Medicine from The College of Homeopathy in 1992.
Having a special interest in sports, early in his career, he found Hit Medicine (sports medicine) to be a valuable asset. Trauma care in Chinese medicine dates back to the beginning of Chinese civilization. In order to treat sports injuries effectively he may combine several methods of treatment in a single session. He may include Tuina, Acupuncture, Herbal Therapy, Homeopathy, heat or cold, motor point treatment, trigger points and others. This has given relief to many acute and chronic injuries. He often sends the injured individual home with a special diet, along with a daily program for the patient to follow, to get involved in his or her own recovery. He has seen remarkable recoveries, even with the most difficult conditions. Dr. Krech, O.M.D. has assisted hundreds of patients on the road to a greater quality of life and recovery. Due to a newly discovered appreciation for alternative medicine, many traditional Western doctors have entrusted their patients to the care of Dr. Krech, O.M.D. He has established himself as a leader and innovator in the field of complimentary medicine.
In diagnosis, in addition to assessing the condition, the individuals constitution is also carefully assessed, which plays an important role in the development of a treatment program. The internal condition of an individual can affect recovery from an injury, as well as other conditions. Treating the whole person, in addition to the injured area, is the unique characteristic of care in Chinese medicine.
After completing his Traditional Chinese Medical education and state board exams in the United States, his pursuit of advanced studies in the integration of traditional Western and Chinese medicine took Dr. Krech, O.M.D. across the globe to the Liaoning Province of China in 1987. He treated a wide range of illnesses utilizing a diversity of treatments. working at the Dalian Hospital and Dalian Medical University Hospital. Despite the prevalent skepticism shared among Western medical doctors concerning the effectiveness of Chinese medicine, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. recognized the magnificent medical achievements that might be accomplished through the integration of traditional Western and Chinese medicines.
Adjusting his aspirations upward, upon his return to the United States, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. set a goal to create an atmosphere of cooperation and understanding among traditional Western and Chinese medical doctors to seek a common ground – in the spirit of mutual concern for their patients – upon which to effectively formulate treatments and possible cures. Through his hard work, unwavering dedication and the tireless scientific research of many hands, heads, and hearts, his dream to successfully integrate traditional Western and Chinese medicine came to fruition.
As the former designated Associated Chief Examiner for the California Acupuncture Stated Boards, as well as examiner for the National Boards for the Certification of Acupuncture, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. continues to make significant strides in his field. Perhaps one of his most notable accomplishments took place when he performed the first Acupuncture analgesia at St. John’s Hospital in California, at the request of a surgeon, who was also the patient, who underwent bilateral inguinal surgery. Subsequently, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. received an invitation from St. John’s Hospital to lecture resident physicians for continuing education units titled, “The Scientific Basis of Alternative Medicine” with the emphasis on the scientifically evidenced effects of alternative medicine. Consequently, he became the first contracted alternative provider for the hospital and an affiliated medical group.
A writer, poet, photographer, athlete and artist, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. is understanding, compassionate and always sensitive to the needs of his patients. As teacher and lecturer, Dr. Krech, O.M.D. has addressed students, members of the community and distinguished medical colleagues throughout the country on the significant wellness patients have successfully attained through “complementary” systems of medicine, where a single system alone, might not have otherwise accomplished the same results.
Dr. Krech, O.M.D. has treated a wide variety of illnesses over the two past decades, ranging from pain disorders to chronic and degenerative diseases. Awarded a research grant by a private foundation in 1998, and working in conjunction with medical oncologist at Cedars Sinai Hospital, he developed a promising complementary nutritional/botanical support program for patients receiving conventional Western therapies for cancer.
The program improved the quality of life for those undergoing conventional therapies, while reducing therapy induced side-effects and enhancing the therapeutic effectiveness. He developed the program in cooperation with medical oncologist at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Dr. Krech, O.M.D. was asked to present his findings to several hundred doctors on a one-year lecture tour throughout the United States. While working with cancer patients, Dr. Krech recognized the need for immune and other support for those undergoing cancer therapies. Over a period of two years he developed an immune modulating formula to help support therapy induced immune deficiencies. The preparation is now being distributed worldwide.
Dr. Krech, O.M.D. participated as a preceptor for the University of California Los Angeles medical residents, as part of their alternative elective program. In order to establish complementary medicine as part of the medical schools elective program, Dr. Krech’s, O.M.D. office was chosen, along with others, to send medical residents to observe and learn about some of the basics of TCM. After one year, complementary medicine became part of the elective program for the medical residents at UCLA School of Medicine.
He is currently developing protocols, based on extensive research, to address autoimmune disorders, as well as disease prevention. According to the new science of epigenetics, prevention begins with the parents, long before conception and is an ongoing process throughout one’s lifetime, both for the parents and the children. As it turns out, a mothers and fathers lifestyle, eating habits, stresses, and environmental exposures, affects their future offsprings health, intelligence and behavior. It also influences their grandchildren’s risk of disease as well. This means that we are responsible for not only our own health risks but, the lives of our families future generations to come. The good news is that we are learning what we can do to prevent these conditions, as well as repair the damage that has already been done.
Dr. Krech, O.M.D. is helping to pave the way to a system of medicine that will become more responsive to the needs of the patient, as well as, assist in the evolution of Traditional Chinese Medicine itself. He has established himself as a leader and innovator in the field of complementary medicine.