Shim Goldberg spent a year
searching for a way to banish his pain.
After taking a hard bang to the arm, the Winnipeg auto salesman
suffered from shrp and agonizing twinges that shot from his elbow
all the way down to his fingers. The diagnosis? An injured tendon
and ligaments. The cure? None. Medical professionals told him
he would have to put up with his injury and hope it would heal
The paid was excruciating. I couldn't imagine living with that,"
says Goldberg. "It sapped all the strength out of me. It
was just constant. I couldn't even sleep."
His life began to turn around last fall when Goldberg spotted
a sign for Nan's Acupuncture Therapy Centre.
"I was driving down the street not feeling too well. And
the sign caught my eye.
"It was like a sign from God. I just had to go in,"
he says. "I thought this is the place, this is the time."
Over the next hour, Nan Mah, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine,
inserted several hair-thin needles int specific pressurepoints
on his body. She combined this acupuncture with cupping (when
a vacuum cup is placed on soft tissue) and Chinese massage.
By the third treatment, Goldberg said his pain was dissipating.
By the fourth or fifth session, he regained use of his arm. He
also acquired a new respect for alternative medicine- and for
[Mah] has got the magic in her," says Goldberg, adding he
would have never given alternative medicine a second thought before
his injury., " She gives people hope. It's obvious she knows
something that lots of conventional doctors don't know.
Mah has practiced traditional Chinese medicine for 18 yeyars,
and says she has successfully used acupuncture to treat conditions
ranging from overeating and menopause to sciatica and migraine
headaches."People are tired of taking Tylenol 3s for their
pain," says Mah, adding may new patients limp into her clinic
on prescription painkillers.
Three decades ago, most Western doctors shrugged off acupuncture
as hocus-pocus. They argue that using needles to redirect the
flow of an invisible healing force- classical Chinese acupuncture
philosophy- was unscientific fluff...