Acupuncturists Without Borders
is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Acupuncturists Without Borders was formed in September 2005 in the
immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. From October of
2005 to November 2006
AWB provided free community acupuncture treatments to survivors of the
hurricanes in Louisiana, including evacuees, residents, first
responders, emergency personnel, volunteers and other care providers.
AWB treated close to 8000 individuals in New Orleans and the
surrounding areas with a tremendously positive response and high demand
to expand its services. We organized over 25 teams to travel to New
Orleans with over 75 acupuncturists participating in the program. AWB
worked successfully with mental health organizations, free medical
clinics, homeless shelters, New Orleans firefighter, police and SWAT
teams, the military and Coast Guard, FEMA and
a variety of recovery groups to provide free acupuncture treatments to
the Greater New Orleans area. For a complete listing of our New Orleans
venues you can Click
With the experience and expertise of bringing community style
acupuncture to the people of Louisiana, AWB is looking forward to
taking its service
to a different population, U.S. Veterans. The Military Stress Recovery
(formerly Veterans) Project is being designed to provide free
acupuncture treatments for veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan,
but also welcomes veterans
from all other past conflicts or wars as well as the veterans' family
members. Our intention is to help the recovery process from the
enormous impact of war, thereby helping those individuals as well as
their families, communities, the country, and the world by intervening
in the cycle of trauma. For more
information about this program please visit the Military Stress Recovery Project page.
As part of our mission we are also hoping to initiate public trainings
in the New Orleans area to teach Simple and Effective Acupressure
Techniques to the layperson so that this work may continue into the
future. We currently are raising funds to intitiate this phase of our
work in New Orleans.
AWB is also conducting trainings around the country to familiarize
acupuncturists and other care providers with our work and to train
individuals to participate in AWB programs.
For more information about these training programs please visit our Trainings
Why Acupuncture and Why the NADA Ear Protocol?
Why has there been such a positive response to AWB¹s work in
Louisiana? To answer that question, it is necessary to briefly provide
the background for AWB¹s model for community based acupuncture
in the United States.
Acupuncture is part of 2000 year-old medical tradition which originated
in China and continues to function as the main health care system in
place for hundreds of millions of individuals worldwide. While for most
of its long and notable history its practice was confined to Asia, in
the past half century, its use and acceptance in the United States,
Canada and Europe has seen an unprecedented growth.
One application of acupuncture which has attracted tremendous interest
in the scientific community in recent years is in the chemical
dependency (alcohol and drug addiction) field. The work of Dr. Michael
Smith at Lincoln Hospital in New York City in the late 1970's led to
the formation of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association
(NADA) and the codification of the NADA protocol five needles
inserted at specific points in the ear. Research has shown that before
individuals can overcome chemical addiction, attention must be given
both the alleviation of the diverse array of mental-physical stresses
impacting their lives, as well as comprehensive restoration of the
community infrastructure. Further research demonstrated that the NADA
protocol addressed both the addictive component and the stress
component of drug dependency. And, if the treatments were administered
in a group setting, support from a community was available.
In brief, recovery from chemical addiction mirrors the recovery path
for individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress. This is precisely
the situation that Gulf Coast residents and responders face
enormous mental and physical stresses upon not only the individual, but
larger social systems the family, and community, all amidst
an almost unprecedented breakdown of social infrastructure.
Knowing that unresolved trauma can have repercussions for decades, we
offer the services of volunteer acupuncturists to provide treatment to
interrupt this cycle of pain and chaos and relieve suffering. By
partnering with local organizations and treating with community style
acupuncture in group settings we can support the healing of the whole
We provide services and training in local communities that will have
long-range benefits after we leave. We seek to do this in a way that
respects and enables the communities to direct the recovery and
rebuilding process in a way that best supports their needs.
Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) provides immediate disaster relief
and recovery to communities that are in crisis resulting from disaster
or human conflict. AWB is committed to creating alliances with local
community based organizations and treating all who have been affected -
survivors, first responders, emergency personnel and other care
AWB uses community-style acupuncture to provide caring, compassionate
treatment in a group setting. This model of treatment allows everyone
treated to experience relief from stress and trauma together. When the
entire group feels calm and quiet, hope, determination and resiliency
rises powerfully within it.
NOTE: We are not affiliated with
Acupuncture Sans Frontieres or Acupuncture Without Borders