Medicine: Acupuncture Crackdown

Though it was early in the morning when Mrs. Rhoda Katchen, of East Orange, N.J., arrived in New York City's Chinatown, she was not the first patient to join the queue outside the small herb shop at 11 Mott Street. Six others, one of whom had been there since 4:40 a.m., were already waiting for Dr. Huan Lam Ng, a China-trained acupuncturist. Soon 35 patients—none of them Chinese—were on line for treatment.

Dr. Ng's acupuncture practice, and others like it, were once confined almost exclusively to Chinatown residents. Since U.S. physicians brought back glowing reports of acupuncture's use in mainland China last...

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