ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Before I delve into the healing power of the human hand, I want to give a shout out to my dad. I always thought that he, a pediatrician in a small Pennsylvania town, was way ahead of his time. He embraced aspects of complementary and alternative medicine at a time when many of his colleagues didn't pay much attention to it. He took an acupuncture course as an elective in medical school and heard about people who benefitted from the practice. The theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine intrigued him. So if one of his patient's parents wanted to give their sick child a massage to ease stress, he encouraged it -- as long as it was safe.