There are many veterans in this country who have served bravely and suffered for it, and I want to say THANK YOU! I’m also happy to report that acupuncture has been helpful to those who have defended our country, deserve and need the support. Often veterans return with traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Acupuncture has been effectively used to help relieve many of the debilitating symptoms veterans suffer from with success. For example: numerous returning veterans have received acupuncture to help with PTSD and pain relief. (AWB) Acupuncturists Without Borders, a group that has provided relief to the survivors of the earthquake in Haiti and the hurricane in New Orleans, launched The Military Stress Recovery Project. This organization provides free acupuncture treatments for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as their families. “Treated military personnel are reporting improved mental clarity, less anxiety and a reduction in stress.”
Acupuncture has also been used abroad by the military. In 200 cases, in Baghdad, after cesarean birth, due to drug shortages, acupuncture was used in lieu of oxytocin. In 2010, The U.S. Department of Defense gave the New England school of acupuncture a $1.2 million dollar grant to fund a clinical trial on the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Illness (GWI). Plus the Army’s former surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker has become a powerful advocate of TCM. Here are a few quotes from the General:
“What we’re doing here is to open the aperture . . . to a much wider range of modalities that can be applied to the management of both acute and chronic pain, and they’re largely focused on the results of pretty careful studies.”
“In fact, the use of acupuncture for pain management is almost mainline.”
“We’re now using it in the battlefield, even in the special operations community and other places with much success.”
Thank you to all Veterans for your service and sacrifice!
Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist with a practice in downtown Chicago, Illinois, since 2002. Dubowsky earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from University of Illinois in Chicago and her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, Colorado. During her studies, she completed an internship at the Sino-Japanese Friendship Hospital in Beijing, China. Dubowsky has researched and written articles on Chinese medicine and has given talks on the topic. She maintains a popular blog about health and Chinese medicine at Acupuncture Blog Chicago. Adventures in Chinese Medicine is her first book. You can find her at www.tcm007.com.
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