In the wake of the Boston Marathon
Acupuncture Care (VAC) Metrowest decided to open its doors to the
general public for four weeks. Its clientèle normally consists of
veterans, active military, first responders and their families. Other
similar clinics in the state followed suit.
After a deployment, the effects of war
marks on veterans in more ways than one. One of the most prevalent is
PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) which causes havoc on the nervous
system leading to numerous health issues from depression to severe
In the fall of 2011, 16 acupuncturists from USA and
Canada joined a "World Healing Exchange (WHE)" tour organized by
Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB). This was the third outreach
activity to Nepal and an essential step in nurturing the connection
between Nepalese Acupuncturists and AWB.
By Mercy Yule, LEAMP (Licensed East
Asian Medicine Practitioner)
When I see the devastation of an
earthquake or fire,
I recall my own pain and paralysis after 9/11. I felt scared,
overwhelmed and helpless, even though I was miles away. I remember not
being able to attend to simple things like paying my bills or
concentrate on a book.
In response to the growing need for
support above and
beyond what the current system is equipped to provide, Omega Institute
for Holistic Studies has convened national experts, healing
practitioners, and veteran’s advocates, including Montel Williams, to
collaborate on best practices in healing modalities in an effort to
help more Veterans get treatment, more quickly.
East Mountains resident Diana Fried is
send acupuncturists into underserved communities affected by disaster,
war and poverty. In September 2005, Fried founded Acupuncturists
Without Borders in response to Hurricane Katrina.
Participatory journalism has given me
the opportunity to do really interesting things. I’ve walked
on glowing hot coals, only to discover it felt pretty much like I had
hoped it wouldn’t. I’ve straddled a humongous rodeo
bucking bull, but showed some sense in that instance by getting off it
before the chute gate opened.
Charlie Minnick, 74, was struck in the
head with a lead pipe during a robbery in 1986. “I really
the power of acupuncture,” the Korean War veteran and former
says, adding that the sessions ease his pain...
Because of the design of Iowa's
regulations, however, the group's out-of-state licensed acupuncturists
have been unable to treat Iowa flood victims. The same is true for
out-of-state dentists and doctors who had hoped to offer a free clinic
at Westdale Mall in Cedar Rapids this weekend.
The sounds outside the Acupuncture
& Qigong Health Center are enough to grate on
anybody’s nerves … [but] serenity is most apparent
in Colchester’s Bill Maynard, who has just received five
needles in each ear…
Article written by AWB Volunteer
Jennifer Leonard. “I was fortunate to be able to join
Acupuncturists Without Borders in its relief efforts for the victims of
the San Diego Fires that burned for weeks in
…immediately following the
$30,000 WEF in
Wellington, FL, the non-profit organization…(AWB) will hold
event at the International Club...The event will provide attendees with
information about AWB's work with returning veterans.
Kristin Althea is using the exercise
promote her support and collect donations for a group, Acupuncturists
Without Borders, which provides alternative medical treatment to
victims of disasters and those returning from war…
grateful acknowledgment to Acupuncturists Without Borders for the
groundbreaking work they are undertaking in the area of healing this
epidemic of PTSD in Veterans. Further acknowledgment is due to Lisa,
Skip, and Lupine at Working ...
In the process we raised $277.50 for Acupuncturists Without Borders.
At one point in the morning, we had 3 acupuncturists tending to about
15 people. Every chair in the treatment room was taken, the couch and
most of the chairs in the ...
Yin,the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy
often appears with one thousand arms,
hands, and in the palm of each hand an eye. One thousand eyes scan the
universe, ready to respond wherever suffering is found. When I reflect
upon the work of Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) in New Orleans
over the past twelve months, I wonder if maybe She also appears with a
needle in each hand, poised to treat a roomful of trauma victims, still
struggling to find the ground under their upended lives in the
deepening aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
photo released by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture
and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a Hurricane Katrina survivor receives
auricular acupuncture by a practitioner from Acupuncturists Without
Borders Friday, May 11, 2007 in New Orleans.
acupuncturist Kim Paquette with Lotus Sun Therapeutics, has organized
an event to help raise money for Acupuncturists Without Borders, which
provides community acupuncture free to victims of Hurricane Katrina.
hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the outpouring of support focused mostly
on the physical and material needs of those affected by the storms.
Local acupuncturist Brodie Welch says that emotional and mental needs
have to be addressed as well.
Fried, Executive Director of Acupuncturists Without Borders
(³AWB²) announced today that the Louisiana State
Board of Medical Examiners (³LSBME²) enacted an
emergency regulation on May 16, 2006 to allow out-of-state licensed
years ago, Karen Nielsen stumbled onto her life's calling when she
accidentally walked into a room full of people getting acupuncture
treatments while visiting a friend at Fairview Riverside Hospital...
that calls itself "Acupuncturists Without Borders" has been told it
can't use its needles. So, among other things, it puts seeds into
pressure points in the outer ear to treat various ailments ...
that pins and needles could help people may be a revelation for many,
but Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) has used the ancient healing
art to soothe the stress, aches, pains, tired minds and muscles of
residents, relief workers and National Guardsmen struggling under the
weight of surviving and rebuilding a still devastated New Orleans in
the wake of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita. ...
Without Borders, a network of volunteer acupuncturists, is using the
ancient healing art to ease the stress, strain and pain felt by
residents, relief workers and others struggling to help rebuild New
In the wake
of one of the most devastating natural disasters since the December
2004 tsunami, thousands of generous individuals nationwide have offered
time, money and supplies to the victims of Hurricane Katrina...
Karen Adams said New Orleans, La., is a world of contradictions and
extremes. She just spent 10 days down there in late November with the
organization Acupuncturists Without Borders helping the victims of
Hurricane Katrina. ...