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December 27, 2000 | From the Washington Post
Twice a week, arthritis sufferer Mary P. Oliver lies on an examining table at a University of Maryland clinic here and lets a doctor prick her with needles to administer what may--or may not--be acupuncture. Millions of Americans have tried the ancient Chinese treatment, and experts agree that it helps relieve some symptoms, particularly pain and the nausea that often accompany pregnancy or chemotherapy. But researchers still do not fully understand how it works.
October 12, 1987
China will send four experts in acupuncture and deep breathing to the United States next year to study and treat AIDS patients, according to Beijing Review. The four will be traveling under an agreement with Harvard University Medical School to study Chinese traditional herbal medicine as "a safe, cheap and effective way" to deal with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.
July 3, 1989 | JANNY SCOTT and JOHN H. LEE, Times Staff Writers
In a stuffy downtown Los Angeles courtroom, an assortment of lawyers, investigators and Korean translators convened last month to begin unraveling an odd tale of intrigue and alleged corruption in the world of acupuncture. The testimony has read like a spicy thriller, replete with a clandestine rendezvous in a Koreatown restaurant, electronic bugging devices, secret code words and an envelope fattened with $15,000 in cash allegedly to bribe a state acupuncture official.
December 2, 1993 | DAVID HALDANE, David Haldane is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition. This column is one in an occasional series of first-person accounts of activities in and around Orange County.
The moment of truth came with the realization that there were six needles protruding from the top of my head. As the tingling receded, pulling me into a kind of dreamy lethargy, I began to reflect on the road that had brought me to this time and place wherein my scalp had become something of a human pin cushion. The truth is, vanity had never been one of my major vices. I have others, to be sure. I'm late to almost everything.
February 16, 1989
The Los Angeles district attorney's office will file a 55-count complaint Friday against a former state acupuncture examination committee member accused of accepting $800,000 in bribes, Deputy Dist. Atty. Herbert Lapin said Wednesday. The arraignment of Chae Lew, 53, of Hillsborough, was to have occurred Wednesday but was delayed until April 7 after Lapin said his office needs more time to complete its investigation. Lew was arrested Jan.
February 1, 1990 | JOHN H. LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chae Woo Lew, a former state acupuncture official who pleaded no contest to accepting bribes in exchange for answers to licensing exams, was handed the maximum five-year prison term Wednesday on two bribery-related conspiracy convictions.
November 28, 1986 | CONNIE ZWEIG, Zweig lives in Los Angeles. and
Even the most successful substance abuse programs claim success rates of only 30% to 40%. As a result, some Los Angeles residents suffering from addictions are trying a new tack: They're fighting needles with needles. Both hard-drug addictions and nicotine and caffeine addiction are being treated with the ancient Chinese healing art of acupuncture at the Turnaround Alternative Treatment Center on Skid Row.
Lang Duong lay still as a board while the young lab-coated student stuck several needles into her face. Staring impassively at the ceiling, she explains through an interpreter what had brought her to this place. "My face was paralyzed," Duong, 43, says. "I couldn't eat." Robert Lupson, 59, came after years of frustration in dealing with lupus, a disease of the immune system. And 11-year-old Jonathan Davis ended up here after spending much of his life in hospitals being treated for asthma.
December 6, 2009 | By Kim Geiger and Tom Hamburger
Acupuncturists, dietary-supplement makers and other alternative health practitioners, some of whose treatments are considered unproven by the medical establishment, would be brought more squarely into the mainstream of American medicine under the health legislation now before the Senate. The legislation would allow doctors to incorporate alternative health providers in some treatment plans. It also includes language that some believe could require insurance companies to expand their coverage for alternative therapies, on which Americans now spend $34 billion a year.
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