I first heard about Acupuncturists without Borders during Hurricane Katrina. A group of people got together to see what the medicine could offer. Since that time the group has become a 501c charity, meaning all donations are tax-deductible. In addition to coordinating acupuncture efforts in areas of disaster, they offer advice and assistance with non-profit groups offering acupuncture to traumatized groups.
So what is a traumatized group? Many practitioners have set up Veteran’s clinics for returning veterans. Veterans have found that they sleep better, dream less, have less tinnitus and feel better over all. Those with PTSD find that the symptoms are less.
Cancer survivors are another group that can be help in the community clinic settings that AWB promotes. A practitioner in my seminar is from Alaska and she is looking to work with teenagers from the Tribal Nations. The variety of people who have been traumatized is astounding and there are practitioners who want to help.
The seminar teachers were fantastic. Anecdotal stories would bring tears to your eyes. Any acupuncturist who has wondered what more they can do would do well to get involved in Acupuncturists without Borders. There is such a huge need. AWB can serve as a gateway to opening a person’s eyes for the places that really need their service.