CHALLENGING THE MAINSTREAM

DOCTORS AND PATIENTS ALIKE ARE TURNING TO UNORTHODOX TREATMENTS IN SEARCH OF SIMPLICITY AND THE HUMAN TOUCH

Glossy views of Chinese patients stretched out on operating tables, their bodies bristling, porcupine-like, with needles, used to be the fare of National Geographic or colorful travel brochures. Acupuncture--the Oriental practice of piercing the flesh with steel needles to relieve illness--was long as exotic to Westerners as snake soup or the I ching. The mere mention of it to a Western physician would invite a stern, finger-wagging lecture on the perils of quackery.

No more. Today thousands of Americans and Europeans gladly submit themselves to this ancient practice--often with the help or approval of their doctors. In addition to thousands of...

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