May 8, 2019

I am happy to announce a series of four, low-cost, Battlefield Acupuncture clinics at my Cherry Hill Plaza office in New Paltz. The clinics will take place on Tuesday, May 21; Thursday, May 23; Tuesday, May 28, and Tuesday, June 4. The cost is $55. Treatment is by appo...

December 5, 2017

Does acupuncture work? Did the acupuncture I provided to an individual person in an individual case achieve the results we both strove for?

Regarding the first question: A couple of years into my career, I decided that acupuncture does work, based on my personal experie...

September 14, 2017

In my previous post, I wrote about the New York Times interview with Andrew Weil concerning his new book, Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better – and When to let Your Body Heal on Its Own. I’ve now read the book, and I can say that...

In the June 22, 2017 New York Times, reporter Steven Petrow published a brief interview with Andrew Weil in connection with Weil’s new book, Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When AlternativesAre Better – and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own.” (Here’s...

May I direct your attention to the excellent coverage (with one critical exception) of treatments for back pain in the current issue of Consumer Reports? It seems to be available to non-subscribers at http://www.consumerreports.org/back-pain/guide-to-treating-back-pain...

Every now and then, a patient asks me if I treat myself.

I do.

As I write this, I’m sitting on a kitchen chair with needles in my gluteus medius muscles, which, according to Travell & Simons’s The Trigger Point Manual, are the adductors of the thighs related to “pain whe...

February 17, 2017

Whether it was intended as a Valentine’s Day gift to the acupuncture profession or not, on February 14 the American College of Physicians (ACP), issued new clinical guideline recommending acupuncture among other noninvasive and nonpharmacologic therapies for acute, sub...

January 14, 2017

One of my readers has asked me to talk about how I treat hip pain.

Hip pain is a big deal. Pain in general is a big deal. It’s worth talking about this because acupuncture should be considered a mainstream treatment of choice in addressing pain. It’s not really alternat...

December 25, 2016

I suppose that I embrace the statement “I believe in acupuncture,” but in reality it is one those catchphrases that most nettles me.

My conflict came to mind after reading a fascinating and heartening article in the New York Times by Christopher McDougall, “What Donkeys...

December 4, 2016

All acupuncture works. The question is: how does it work?

This question comes to mind every day I’m in my clinic, because I bring myself and my predilections to work with me. I discuss my approach to acupuncture with my patients in an effort to be as transparent as poss...

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