Great column from The Palm Beach Post by my friend and fantastic health reporter/editor Steve Dorfman. Enjoy!
By Steve Dorfman
Way back in the day, circa early 1970s, my mom was one of South Florida’s earliest acupuncture patients. She regularly underwent the then-exotic treatments in order to relieve searing pain in her surgically-repaired spine.
Hence, I’ve always been intrigued by alternative, and holistic, forms of Eastern medicine.
Non-invasive and chemical/drug-free, they tend to rely partly on science — and greatly on the intuition of the practitioner.
Do they require leaps of faith?
But then again, so does undergoing anesthesia, surgery and a host of other invasive, commonly-accepted Western practices to which we give little critical thought.
Actually, the practice of all medicine really is part-art, part-science — and a whole lot of faith.
So, when Carlos Restrepo, one of the co-owners of Integrated Holistic Medicine in Boca Raton (ihmhealing.com) offered me a complimentary acupuncture session, I gladly accepted.