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Tuesday, June 13, 1972
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* PAMf A DAKY NIWS PAMPA. TEXAS 6«lh YEAR Tuesday, June IS, 1972 Acupuncture Now A Much-Talked-About Subject In The Dr. Wu's Patients Go in Sad, Come Out Happy plains his craft by recounting the Taoist belief that all life is composed of the principles of Yin and Yang, and that an imbalance of these forces produces illness. Yin and Yang? Hippocrates never uttered a word about the little tykes. "Well," he says, smiling inscrutably, "nobody believed in the atom at first either." By TOM TIEDE TAIPEI, Taiwan —(NEA) —The woman came into the room on homemade crutches. Very slowly. Half step. Hurting every inch. She had fallen in her home and damaged her hip. She said she spent a month in a regular hospital, took many kinds of medicine, but had no relief from the pain. She was trembling. One step. Another. She bit her lip and moaned as she stepped in agony toward the acupuncture cot. Dr. Wu Wei-Ping sat her down. He made a brief examination. "She will be better," he announced, "in just a few minutes." The pronouncement smacked of more prestidigitation than professionalism. In fact, the entire scene, except for the cries of the hurt, seemed a lot of staged rot. What kind of a doctor's office was this? Flies on the wall. No partitions between patients. A dumpy little nurse with dirty hands. Some of the people in the room were not even patients. The miracles began almost immediately. Dr. Wu (the title is honorary), who is the president of the Chinese Acupuncture Society, picked up a couple of thin, pliable needles and without so much as a pardon me stuck them in the lady's exposed rump. She flinched. "It doesn't hurt," Dr. Wu said fssuredly. '...- wiggled the pins. "Oh," the satient said, suddenly smiling, "it feels better already." The lady didn't know it, but her initial reaction to the acupuncture needles said it for many people in the world today. Ignored or condemned by scientific man for more than 5,000 years, the art of acupuncture is finally emerging from the shadows, Dr. Wu Wei-Ping, of course, could have told the world this at any time in the last 40 years. Born in Shanghai, the center of Chinese acupuncture intelligence for centuries, Wu learned the trade from his father, who learned the trade from his father, etc. While Wu was learning to read, he was also learning of the approximately 50 body spots on the flesh where needle stimulation apoarently activates or deactivates nerves throughout the body. By age 19 lie had learned enough to begin nractico. By age 20, he says, he had cured people of ev- orvthing from pink eye to malaria to impotence. In those days, and for many years after, however, the wonderful Wu did not convince the world. Indeed, he and the thousands of other Chinese acupuncturists were considered quacks in the West (and by many Chinese as well). Even now, Western medicine remains cool. Some European countries have practicing acupuncturists. A New York hospital has used needles to The acupuncture body chart. anesthetize a skin graft patient. But mainly the business is still nothing more than a scientific curiosity. But at least Dr. Wu is no longer a quack. Not hardly. His once-empty office is crowded with people willing to pay $5 a head for a few jabs in the joints. He has been visited by at least But if acupuncturists are overly weak in explaining their science, they may conversely be overly strong in defending it. Wu, an experienced, sober man of 57, says bluntly that, "I can cure any body disorder with the exception of some diseases." The boast is difficult to swallow. Especially since many three dozen Western physi- of Wu's patients lie about cians suddenly interested in watching his work. So high has his stock shot recently, in fact, that last year he spent three weeks in Cambodia ("at that government's begging") to try to do something with the ailing Premier Lon Nol. "When I met Lon Nol, he was almost totally paralyzed on one side. After I was through, he was only paralyzed in the arm. I'm convinced that if I had more time with him, I could return him to complete recovery." Wu obviously is no shrinking violet when it comes to discussing his talents. He is convinced acupuncture is man's most valuable therapeutic medicine, and that he is second to none in the state of the art. And there is no way to dispute him. Like most acupuncturists, he ex- Rural Development Act Sent To President Nixon WASHINGTON. D.C. Northwest Texas Congressman Graham Purcell announced that a joint House-Senate Conference Committee of which he was a member has just concluded work on the Rural Development Act of 1972 and has forwarded the landmark legislation to the President for his signature. Purcell. who had earlier joined with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Poage in guiding the Rural Development Act through the House of Representatives, Monday finished the series of meetings in which differences between House and Senate versions of the bill were ironed out. Attending the Conference Committee cessions along with Purcell were Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Sen. Herman Talmadge (Senate Agridulture Committee Chairman). Congressman Bob Poage and other important representatives of rural areas. "I believe this legislation represents the greatest breakthrough that rural areas have ever had in this urban-dominated Congress." Purcell said, commenting just after finishing touches to the bill were made. "This act will give the rural areas 'of Northwest Texas the kind of planning money and project grants that the big cities have always had. their ailments, and he is not technically capable of more precise diagnosis. Crumps one western physician in Taiwan: "I've heard Wu say he can cure cancer. That's rubbish. I think what happens is that people go to him and claim they have cancer, which is really a big pimple or something. Wu stabs them with his needles and sooner or later, very naturally, the pimple goes away and the patient shouts he's rid of cancer." But pimple or cancer, right or wrong, one thing is undeniable in the acupuncture office of Dr. Wu. His patients come in sad and go out happy. The lady with the bad hip, for example, was weeping with relieved pleasure after 20 minutes of the Wu wonder cure. He had given her only a few brief minutes. He had kneaded her flesh like bread dough. He had stuck her with pins as deep as six inches. He even leaned against her backside while making a point to observers. But when he withdrew the needles and told her to leave she made only one comment: "Please, when can I come again?" now lives • States. Dr. Dr. Ting Needles Americans, Chinese Style (EDITOR'S NOTE: NEA cartoonist Bill Crawford volunteered to be the first in his office to try acupuncture. His wife went along not only for moral support but to record the historic moment in the report below.) By CLAIRE CRAWFORD NEW YORK-(NEA)-It did not take the Peking summit and the rush to rediscover China to introduce acupuncture to the New World. The needle techniques of traditional Chinese medicine have probably been practiced in America for some 120 years, since the 1850s when Chinese labor was imported to help build the transcontinental railroad linking California and the eastern seaboard. As long as resident acupuncturists merely serviced the Chinese communities, however, they were little noticed, an isolated cultural oddity. But all (hat, of course, has changed. With the tremendous interest in all things Chinese and the sensational reports coming out of China, including those of some Western eye witnesses, both the medical profession and the public are beginning to look on acupuncture as more than an oriental curiosity. This is bound to cause problems and, according to Dr. Joseph Cimino, commissioner of the New York Cily Department of Health, they are already beginning. Requests for information and referrals to acupuncturists are beginning to be received in volume, particularly from individuals suffering from chronic diseases. The department makes no referrals. Dr. Cimino is concerned that the demand will push the underground use of acupuncture before it can be properly studied and evaluated and that it will create a body of dangerously unqualified instant acupuncturists. He says physicians are already reporting cases of collulitis (deep infection) and abcesses. Acupuncture can be especially dangerous to diabetics and people on medication. Sharing Dr. Cimino's concern but from a different perspective is acupuncturist Dr. Ching Yuen Ting, who Pampan Attends Summer Course A Pampa man was among participants from six states, Ontario and Japan who attended a one-week summer course in chemical engineering at Lehigh University at Bethlehem, Pa. Michael W. Kuralt, representing Celanese Chemical Co., attended the course which ended Friday. The course, "Distillation Dynamics and Control," provided an in-depth examination of the application of dynamic analysis and control techniques to distillation, one of the most important unit operations and one of the most difficult to control. The subject matter included both theory and application, with emphasis on practical techniques for the analysis and solution of real industrial problems. (Chinese medicine) and Chinese Medical Practice Association of Hong Kong, he is an adviser on acupuncture to the Republic of China (Taiwan) and a special writer on medical topics for Chinese publications in Hong Kong. While one can be seriously hurt by unqualified practitioners, nbtes Dr. Ting, a skilled, carefully trained York State Society of Anesthesiologists. Through a single needle placed in her shoulder, the woman was able for the first time In two years to raise her arm painlessly above her head. After pinpointing the precise area of Bill's pain, Dr. Ting opened his acupuncture kit, a little black box containing about 20 stainless steel needles of different lengths, and selected one 2'/2 inches long and about the thickness of a coarse hair, with a little corkscrew handle at the top. He deftly inserted and twirled the needle into the shoulder just at the curve of the joint. "I didn't even feel it go in," said Bill. "Just a little tingle about three inches down my arm." Dr. Ting then inserted the needle about half-way down the upper arm. Did Mr. Crawford feel a tingle down to his middle two fingers? "No," he said, "but I do feel it down to my elbow." Dr. Ting removed the nee- dle. The treatment was over. A careful examination of the arm revealed no visible puncture and no blood, Disappointed, Crawford said the pain was still there. As Dr. Ting had warned, there was no "miracle" this time. For Americans acupuncture is a developing story. Techniques are being researched and will have to be proved in terms of medical validity. There are standards of training and practice to be set and decisions to be made about whether the practice will be left to doctors or organized as a paramedical specialty. As Dr. Cimino puts it, "From a public health point of view, if it turns out to have some substance, it will be a tremendous development in terms of treatment." But the evidence isn't in yet and the smartest—and safest —thing to do is wait until it is before rushing off to be needled, Chinese style. (NIWJPAPM INTIUPIMI ASSN.) Psychologists Discover Way Of Changing Eating Behavior Crawford, Dr. Ting and needle. will "never in the U ited Ting, a fourth generation acupuncturist, feels that with the American public expecting miracles and ill-trained or even untrained "acupuncturists" practicing, acupuncture will not have the chance it deserves. To Dr. Ting proper training is very important. His own credentials include graduation in 1948 from the Shanghai College of Medicine and Acupuncture, founded by his great-grandfather, and a post-graduate degree in Tokyo. A former head of both the Hong Kong Medical College acupuncturist harm you." For a special demonstration of his skills, NEA editorial cartoonist, Bill Crawford volunteered to try the needle, under the supervision of a physician, and with Dr. Ting's warning that "acupuncture is not a miracle, not magic." Individual results vary, he said, as is the case with any therapy. A champion archer, troubled for years by a pain in his left shoulder as a result of his shooting activities, Bill was hoping for the same results Dr. Ting had obtained for a woman volunteer at a recent convention of the New MIAMI, Fla. (AP)-Several overweight Miami women have discovered that the best way to take it off is to plug in. A team of Miami psychologists is helping patients diet by attaching a portable electric "shocker" to their forks to discourage rapid eating. "We're aiming for a change in eating behavior and we're even doing things like timing the intervals between forks to the mouth and the number of chews of food," said Dr. Michael S. Stokols qf the Center for Psychological Services Inc. "We may ask a patient to bring a portion of her usual dinner right here to our office and then we hook her up with electrodes and the shocking mechanism," he said. "One of us may sit opposite her and eat ourselves. If the patient picki up the fork too soon, she will get a shock." Stokols said the psychologist sets a timed waiting interval for the patient after analyzing her eating behavior. The patient soon begins to "chain together" non-eating behavior to take up time at the table instead of simply eating. "Most patients at first say they're bad at guessing time intervals, but within a few trials they're approximating the length of time we set for them," he said, adding that if some patients try to "wait us out" they'll get a shock that way too. "The shock is painful but never injurious," he said. 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