of Oriental Medicine (D.O.M.)
and Licensed Acupuncturist (CA), has been involved with the healing arts for over thirty years. He
earned his doctorate from SAMRA University of Traditional Chinese Medicine
in Los Angeles, after previously receiving two Acupuncture degrees, from
Quebec Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Montreal, Quebec and BAAANA Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York City.
Dr. Hirano did pioneering acupuncture clinical work in New York City at
Lincoln Hospital in the seventies with the group that developed the public
health acupuncture program for the treatment of narcotics addiction. That
acupuncture therapeutic plan is now being employed in clinics and hospitals
throughout the U.S. and the world.
After this six-year study and clinical program, he returned to Los Angeles
and served as clinical director and Chi-kung and Anmo-Tuina teacher at SAMRA
University. As a state certified instructor, Dr. Hirano also taught at the
Tao Healing Arts Institute in Santa Monica and conducted seminars and
lectures on various Oriental Medicine subjects including therapeutics for
sports and performing arts injuries, which are among his practice
Dr. Hirano is a California Acupuncture Board approved Continuing Education
Provider (CEP 331), and his professional education seminars are also
approved for Professional Development Activity credit by the National
Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
(NCCAOM) (Provider ACHB 077). He has also been involved in integrative
medicine seminars with doctors at UCLA School of Medicine as well as
projects relating chi-kung and new physics research with professors at UCI.
Prior to his work in Oriental Medicine, Dr. Hirano served as a therapeutic
residential program administrator and counselor, certified by the University
of Southern California (U.S.C.) School of Medicine's Department of
Psychiatry, Division of Social and Community Psychiatry and Rancho Los Amigos
in Kumamoto, Japan and raised in Los Angeles, Dr. Hirano is also a martial
artist and teacher, who began his training over forty years ago and still
continues to train and as well as teach today. Although he began with
Judo at age 7 with Inouye Sensei of Senshin Dojo, it was a few years later when he was first exposed to Chi
training through the martial arts by his Shorinji-Kempo (Japanese Shaolin
Kung-fu) grandmaster, Reverend Yamamori of the Kongo
Zen sect at Konko-kyo Temple in East Los Angeles.
In 1970, his training continued with Grandmaster Kam
Yuen and later with Grandmaster So Bin Yuen, both of the Northern Shaolin
Kung-fu method. In 1989, he
became a student of Soke Takayuki Kubota and earned the title
“Shihan”, master of Gosoku-ryu Karate that is recognized in karate schools
in over 50 countries. It was there he learned Soke's
method of ki (Chi) development, “Mu ga Mushin no Do”.
Although medicine and martial arts may seem to be very contradictory
activities, Dr. Hirano explains that "the opposing nature of the healing
arts and martial arts represents the fundamental 'Yin-Yang' nature of life
and becomes a means to develop a holistic understanding of self and the
Universe in which we live."
In fact, it was in this context that Dr. Hirano began to "comprehend the
living dynamics of energy in relation to thoughts, emotions, spirituality
and its physical expressions and manifestations." As a result, he is able to
offer a unique skill in associating medical conditions to his patients' life
experiences. His diagnosis of medical conditions reflects the relationship
and interplay between the way that patients process their life experiences
and the resulting physical manifestations and ailments.
Dr. Hirano also has extensive knowledge and experience in the setting of
bones and the re-alignment of the vertebral column. He has developed his own
special method of spinal correction, "Hirano Myo-Osteo Technique" (HMOT) ™
and has introduced his unique and effective therapeutics and structural
interpretation skills in his professional seminar "Demystifying Pain."
He has also integrated Chi-kung therapeutics into many aspects of his
clinical work. In his Hirano Shen-kung seminars, formally Modern Medical
Chi-kung, Dr. Hirano
shares his updated understanding of Chi and teaches the basics of his
techniques. His intermediate course concentrates on clinical applications,
and the advanced course focuses on special conditions.