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Documentary Shows the Incredible Healing Power of Acupuncture

by Adam Cantor, MS, LAc

If you haven't already seen it, or for that matter even heard of the film 9000 Needles, you should watch this movie!  It is a 2009 documentary about a champion bodybuilder, successful businessman, husband and father of three, and his family as they struggle to deal with the aftermath of his massively devastating stroke. 

A sudden and massive bleed in his brain stem left Devin Dearth paralyzed on his right side, unable to walk with difficulty speaking, double vision and a complete inability to care for himself or his family.  After Devin reached his maximum level of insurance coverage for stroke care, he returned home and rapidly began to weaken in the absence of therapy.  In a desperate attempt to save Devin in the face of limited resources and dwindling options, his family brought him to the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital's stroke team (Tianjin, China).  Months later, even though Devin needed the support of a cane and a little assistance coming down the stairs he walked out of that hospital!

This extremely touching and inspirational film won multiple awards and is a must see for anyone interested in the healing power of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  You can either purchase the film or learn about screenings here:,000_Needles/Welcome.html

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