Not so Complementary


THE SHARP END: The Royal London Homeopathic Hospital's Berkovitz uses acupuncture to treat patient Martina Foley

Sean Dixon lies on a treatment table at a clinic in central London as acupuncturist Bernard Nolan inserts 10 tiny needles into his feet, ankles, shins, hands and abdomen. "Can you feel that?" Nolan asks. "Yeah," his patient answers, wincing slightly. Dixon isn't entirely comfortable with needles but he's paid $120 for the weekly sessions since February, after six months of traditional physical therapy failed to cure his strained neck. Six weeks into acupuncture with Nolan, he is feeling much better. "I have no idea why it works," Dixon, 41, says, "but this problem is almost gone." Nolan attributes Dixon's symptoms...