Medicine: Yang, Yin and Needles

What do Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands, Premier Lon Nol of Cambodia and Columnist James Reston of the New York Times have in common with uncounted, unknown Asians? All have recently undergone acupuncture, the ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles into various parts of the body to treat a catalogue of ills from arthritis to impotence. The prominence of these patients, and displays of acupuncture for the benefit of American visitors to mainland China, have increased interest in the treatment without diminishing its mystery.

> Bernhard's first experience with acupuncture dates back a...

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