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Healing Community Trauma in Israel

In 2012, Israeli acupuncturist Keren Assouline traveled from Tel Aviv to attend an Acupuncturists Without Borders' "Healing Community Trauma" training course in Portland, Oregon. She came with a clear intention: to learn to use acupuncture to help people in her country, Jews and Arab-Palestinians alike, who suffer from significant stress and trauma. The AWB training prepared her to set up a stress reduction clinic using the NADA protocol for people suffering from post-traumatic stress. She took her idea to NATAL (The Israel Trauma Institute for Victims of War and Terror), recruited and trained three colleagues, and began providing treatments to NATAL clients in March, 2013.

AWB Training Trip to Haiti Proves Successful

After the Haiti earthquake in January, Acupuncturists Without Borders raised funds and sent eight volunteer teams to provide approximately 4,500 trauma recovery treatments in Haiti under the supervision of AWB Haiti Operations Manager Julia Raneri and Volunteer Coordinator Diane Eggleston. When doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers saw how beneficial these treatments were for their patients, they requested that AWB come and train them in this methodology.

AWB Facilitates Chile Earthquake Response

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) had also been responding to Haiti by sending teams to set up clinics throughout the nation. The AWB Board and staff was ...

APC Relief Response in Chile (04-25-2010)

Thanks to the AWB help and the training that Micah O'Neal and John Convey provided us, APC has been able to cover a wide section of the damaged area.

Nomads With Needles

8,000 feet above the world, at a monastery tucked into the foothills of the Himalayas, resident monks and nuns emerge to greet us, a group of visiting acupuncturists from the United States

AWB Haiti Update

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) recently returned from a trip to Haiti, Feb. 3-7. The trip included myself, Julia Raneri (AWB's Haiti Operations Manager), Kim Marin (an acupuncturist from Florida), a doctor from Florida, reporter Mia McCormick and U.S. businessman Jehan Heraux...

Report from a California Wildfire Effort Volunteer

I was fortunate to be able to join AWB in relief efforts for the victims of the San Diego fires that burned for weeks in October. The area I was positioned in was 60 miles southeast of metro San Diego, and less then 5 miles from the Mexican border.

Acupuncturists Without Borders: Summary of Treatments Administered 10/05 through 2/06

Elizabeth Sommers has written an excellent summary of AWB’s data collection project from Louisiana. Data compilation is still taking place, but this is results analysis of the process so far.

Diana Fried's Presentation to Council of Colleges for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine October 2006

Here's what I believe: Our collective response to humanitarian crises, as global citizens in the 21st century, represents perhaps our greatest opportunity to heal many of the roots of violence, and therefore, to sow the seeds of world peace.

Hurricane Katrina: One Year Later

A couple of weeks have passed since I have returned from New Orleans and I have now had ample time to settle back into my life here in Santa Barbara. I must admit that I was unprepared for the amount of decompression time that it would take to look unequivocally at my experience in New Orleans

Letter from the AWB Board of Directors

Acupuncturists Without Borders held its very first meeting of the Board of Directors over a sunny two days in Stone Ridge, New York on April 17 and 18...

Latest Update on Louisiana Medical Board Situation

Yesterday, John MacDonald (who had come from Pennsylvania and had a nightmare airport experience) was offered two minutes to speak to the Board. He said: “It’s an awful long way to come for 2 minutes.” ...

March Update

To date, our wonderful volunteers have provided over 4000 free treatments. The number of acupuncturists that we have sent into Louisiana exceeds the total number of people licensed to practice acupuncture in Louisiana ...

Treatments at Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, New Orleans

It has been powerful work with the Vietnamese community in New Orleans, among others ...

Last Night at the Clinic

Last night we treated on the street (Canal St.) in downtown New Orleans

Update from New Orleans

New Orleans continues to struggle with the enormity of this task of recovery … the scope is still truly unimaginable!

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