On Thursday afternoons the Yin Yang House on Frazier Avenue is full of people looking for a last resort.
As a Chinese lullaby plays in the background, about 10 people wait in line for treatment in the same room where other patients are being treated. Thin, silver acupuncture needles hang from people's hands and knees and feet; they protrude from foreheads.
A wiry man with cancer holds his head between his hands while his wife rubs his back. There is a young woman with migraines and painful monthly periods, a 40-something man with back troubles.