Acupuncturists Without Borders -  Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort
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12/12/05

I am a fourth year medical student from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. I found myself watching Katrina and the events that unfolded afterwards and felt helpless. Then I contacted my American Medical Student Association, who put me in contact with Common Ground. Before getting here, I donít think I was prepared for the collaborative effort that truly is Common Ground. It is a mix of massage, herbalists, acupuncturists and traditional medicine.

My experience with the acupuncturists over the past week and a half has been interesting. On my second night I decided to get it done because I had never experienced it and I wondered how I could refer people to something I donít know. After treatment I had a good, calmer feeling that night. Over the past week and a half I have referred many people with chronic pain and stress, who feel they have no other options, for acupuncture. I really appreciate having this modality here. Often people stop me and ask if I know where the acupuncturists are and where they can get treatment. I really enjoyed working with Acupuncturists Without Borders. Thank you for being here.

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