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,
After the Haiti earthquake in January,
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.
Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB)
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...
I was fortunate to be able to join AWB in
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.
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
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
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
A. MacDonald, J.D., Director for Policy, Planning & Budget
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 ...