December, 2011 - One day a few weeks ago I was lying face down in “The Torture Room” of my acupuncturist, Dr. Yuan Clare Zhang. Dr. Clare might be 4’7” tall and might weigh 75 pounds dripping wet. To say that Dr. Clare is petite is like saying a teacup Poodle is small. Rather redundant. I’m sure she buys her clothes in the children’s department of Macy’s or Dillard’s.
Nevertheless, she has the most powerful hands of anyone I have ever known and uses them to good effect. You may walk out of her office a bit sore, but it won’t be from lack of circulation.
Dr. Clare has a Ph.D. in Chinese Medicine from an American university that, oh by the way, includes 2500 years of Oriental medical knowledge. Chinese medical techniques are, what shall I say, a bit different than Western medicine. We gave up bleeding patients 150 years ago. To the Western mind, acupuncture is strange, exotic, but often mysteriously effective. Dr. Clare employs a number of different strategies, including an herb concoction she calls ‘mud’. I can assure you, ‘mud’ is exactly what it tastes like. Read More