The Sale of Central Park 

 August 6, 2019

By  Steve Hoffman

I was talking with a patient recently about earthing (you can read my post about it) and connecting with nature and the resultant health benefits (a good article about nature walks and depression ). As I had a trip to New York City coming up it got me to thinking about Central Park and how we, as a society, put an emphasis on preserving nature even while progress marches on.

How much is Central Park worth

It is estimated that the sale of the land that Central Park covers would be worth about $35 billion (give or take a few billion). Let that settle in for a moment. Billions and billions and billions of dollars, just for the land. The park was developed in 1857 but even then, the land would have been worth $350 million. Any government could use that kind of cash infusion.

Why not cash out

So why was the property never developed for real estate or commercial use. I don’t think there were enough “tree huggers” back then (or even now) to stop that kind of temptation. Today, we know, with scientific certainty, that practices like grounding and communing with nature have tangible, measurable effects on our health and wellbeing but we didn’t back then. We didn’t know with scientific certainty, but I believe, on some level, we (as a society) knew. We knew on some intrinsic level that this was not only good but necessary for us to thrive as a species. I am sure that there were those back then (and now) who salivate over the prospect of putting a hotel or attraction smack dab in the middle of the park. But most of us, even those who are not “tree huggers” both then and now, know how vital these spaces are to us.


So, Steve, what does all of this have to do with acupuncture and oriental medicine? Nature heals. The body has an amazing ability to heal itself and with the help of nature, we can maintain or restore balance allowing the body it to heal itself. Traditional Chinese herbal medicine is a prime example of taking advantage of what nature provides. Acupuncture, especially when used with electric stimulation, provides the very electrons that are provided by practices like earthing or grounding. Electro Acupuncture goes beyond this though, allowing a skilled acupuncturist to target specific areas of the body or even internal organs with the healing power of electrons and precise neurochemical stimulation to effect healing. So, take advantage of what nature provides. You have everything you need to heal yourself all around you. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be a major part of the healing process.

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