vision is to foster the creation of stable, peaceful global communities
through its community-based acupuncture services and training which
interrupt the cycles of unresolved trauma.
Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) is collaborating with the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ICAOM)
to bring stress-reduction acupuncture to residents of Puna, Hawaii
impacted by the Kilauea volcano lava flow and Tropical Storm Iselle.
Hundreds of people have been evacuated, are on evacuation alert, or
have been adversely affected by smoke. Several schools in Puna have
been closed for at least two weeks, creating a tense, stressful
atmosphere for students, teachers and parents. The "slow" nature of
this process has meant profound uncertainty and worry for many in a
community that is already economically challenged.
"Fear, tension, and grief have prevailed for many weeks...life in Puna
is in a highly transformational stage. Most of us need help with these
changes! Mahalo for even considering coming to our community.
We NEED you, and we need healing!" ~ Mary L., Resident of Pahoa
has received a $1000 anonymous donation to help support this relief
effort! We would like to match these funds with additional donations to
make sure there is enough money for:
Training of Volunteer Acupuncturists
Ground Transportation for Volunteers
ONGOING needs of a long-term sustainable clinic due to the unique nature of this relief effort
tax-deductible donation, which will be doubled, helps the people of
Puna and local acupuncturists who are reinforcing community resilience!
AVAILABLE: Acupuncturists Without Borders Digital Photo Essay!
Display photos from AWB outreach missions, trainings and other events
on a digital photo frame in your office!
Includes hundreds of photos taken around the world by AWB volunteers,
staff and professional photographers - on a digital photo frame with
memory card.(the frame is 8 inches wide, resolution is 600X800 pixels)
Click here to see a
sample of photos - price starts at $129.00 + 8.00 shipping and handling
Please contact our office for shipping &
handling charges to Canada and other international locations.
AWB Healing Community
Join two of our excellent
trainers (Diana Fried,
Deb Boehme, Melanie Rubin and Carla Cassler) in one of
ten US cities for an AWB Healing Community Trauma Training (15 CEUs
including 4.5 in Safety and Ethics - NCCAOM, CA, FL, TX).
Please check the trainings
page regularly for dates and locations!
DONATE HERE (by
clicking below) and help us be prepared to save lives and support the
healing of those who have suffered devastation and trauma.
The Power of Community
Acupuncture: AWB Facilitates Chile Earthquake Response
“Red Cross gave me
water, food and blankets. Acupuncture gave me peace and relief of the
stress of all this chaos.”
CA, Witch Fire
evacuee, Ramona Senior Center, SoCal. Wildfires Relief Effort, October
The Military Stress
Project (formerly the Veterans' Project) is well underway in 27 cities
nationwide and growing!
for more information about AWB's Military Stress Recovery Project
Some of the cities where Military Stress Recovery Clinics are up and
running include: Albuquerque, NM, Boston, MA, Charlottesville, VA
Chicago, IL, Fort Myers, FL, Grants Pass, OR, Portland, ME and many
more! See our full listing of Military Stress Recovery Clinics HERE.
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for the world! Over 30% of your purchase
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AWB's mission is to
immediate relief and recovery acupuncture services to global
communities that are in crisis from disaster or human conflict. AWB
also seeks to provide training and services to global communities that
promote and sustain local self-directed, self-sufficient, proactive and
long-term recovery, rebuilding and trauma (including PTSD) resolution.
helped more than 20,000 people recover after Hurricane Katrina, the
Iowa floods, the California wildfires, the Boulder wildfires, the
shootings in Tucson, Arizona in January of 2011, the earthquake in New
Zealand in February 2011, and in recent work with traumatized
populations in Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and Haiti as well as Missouri,
Minneapolis, and Springfield, Mass. after the tornadoes of
2011. Many have said the treatment helped save their lives.
This is from a recent
a Haitian earthquake survivor who was
treated by AWB volunteers:
After the disaster…I get
trouble, you know, because I lose many
friends. When the first
AWB team coming here, they explain me about the acupuncture. I take the
first therapy. I feel
so good. There’s no stress, pain for me. I sleep well. After that, I
explain this to the other people.
They agree with me…This is the best therapy that I ever know...”
—Jean Marie Exavier,
AWB gathers resources and
funding to assist our volunteer-led teams to respond to emergencies and
disasters worldwide. If you would like to make a donation to assist our
efforts, please visit our Donation page and click on the links that
allow you to make donations to our efforts.
AWB's Military Stress
Recovery Project, healing the wounds of war, has been in operation
since 2006. Thousands of veterans, active duty military, and their
families have been treated with free community acupuncture around the
country. New clinic locations are continually being initiated in cities
across the United States and AWB is providing regular training and
support to the leaders of these unique free clinics that are healing
not only individuals, but families and communities. Additionally, other
types of community clinics are now part of our Community Clinic
Program, serving diverse populations in need of services.
AWB also leads service
trips, and trainings, in
countries around the world. The trips are called World Healing Exchange
trips, and involve exchange with local healers, as well as clinics.
Trainings are generally for local health care practitioners, and in
conjunction with local non-governmental organizations and community
In addition, over 1500
acupuncturists have been trained at
Acupuncturists Without Borders Healing Community Trauma Trainings held
around the country and hundreds of others have applied to work with AWB
in the field. AWB is building a nationwide network of acupuncturists
trained to respond to trauma and disaster and who are bringing
information from AWB's trainings back into their communities.
We are currently working
community acupuncture part of the
standard of care in the immediate aftermath of disasters, alongside
traditional medical interventions. AWB is committed to treating all who
have been affected by disaster and conflict including survivors, first
responders, emergency personnel and other care providers. The community
model for treatment allows those treated to experience relief together
from stress and trauma. When the whole group feels calm and quiet,
hope, determination and resiliency rises powerfully within it.
acupuncture method that we
use is well-suited to conditions faced in a disaster or after traumatic
events. We can set up our
treatments almost anywhere and we can immediately treat large groups of
30-60 minutes with people receiving
treatment while sitting in a chair
fully clothed. Under the NADA protocol needles go on the ears. The
treatments done by AWB acupuncturists are effective for
helping people facing enormous
stress, anger, frustration, depression, fatigue and other emotional and
The therapeutic effects
happen quickly and can last a
time. These simple acupuncture
treatments can have a transformative effect without requiring the
traumatized client to talk.
Done in groups,
acupuncture can help break the
isolation often felt after
traumatic events. Even those who resist traditional treatment for Acute
Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)are often
willing to receive acupuncture. Treatments support rebuilding strength
and resiliency, essential
for the recovery process. Acupuncture treatments have a calming effect
and help those struggling
with anger, hostility and frustration.
treatments are free
and available to all who need
are committed to helping the primary survivors of traumatic events, as
emergency responders, relief workers and others affected by the
The actual cost of these
treatments is extremely low
compared to other forms of treatment.