For someone who has been the face of acupuncture, both medically and on television, Dr M Muthukumar is surprisingly open about his ‘art’, “I have been doing this for 28 years now and I still believe that there is much to be achieved,” he says with a smile. After an exceptionally well-received paper on his research about ‘diabetes treatment with acupuncture’, presented at an acupuncture conference in the Orient last year, he has been invited to deliver the same at Jerusalem International on Integrative Medicine. “This is a great honour for me,” he says with a touch of pride and adds, “Normally they only give people 10 minutes to talk, but they have given me 20 minutes!” With over a hundred patients coming in everyday to avail treatment for various problems at Dr Muthukumar’s Institute of Acupuncture and Hospital, he still holds one principle before treating a patient, “I will not take any case that can be cured with allopathy. Only ‘failures’ come here and the results have never disappointed,” he reveals. “I was an allopathic doctor for 13 years so I know how difficult it can be to believe more in some needles than drugs and technology,” he says understandingly. Yet, faith that they will be cured, is of the essence, he adds.