”I would like to inform the Vet around
this area about the great free service that I and
others are receiving at the acupuncture at riverside. I have received
for depression of which has let me stop taking my antidepressant pills.
Also have had
my left index finger treated for pain with very good results.”
“It is nice to have this help from someone who really cares and
performs this service. “
“This area should really be thankful for this service for the vets.”
Mr. Jan Niehaus
“I started treatment with Ellen after
having my first flashback. PTSD has affected my
life for forty years. The only relief has been antidepressants and
counseling, which are
good, but fall short of mental well-being. The flash back devastated
me. But since
starting treatments with Ellen the symptoms of PTSD are diminishing. I
thank God for
the opportunity to start acupuncture. I don’t remember having this kind
PO Box 381
Grants Pass, OR 97528
When I first started coming in I had
issues dealing with past memories jumping into my
mind and become emotionally involved with these past memories
(flashbacks) to the
point of being uncomfortable. After a few treatments I began to realize
that these were
only past memories of events that were dead and gone. They only existed
memories and why should I waste any energy reliving them when it would
be so much
healthier to just forget them and move on with my life. The treatments
seem to be
cumulative and the reoccurring issues that I deal with seem to be
easier to deal with
To Whom It May Concern:
“The treatment I have been getting through
Riverside Acupuncture has been very
positive. My sleep had improved which is a huge relief. The depression
I’ve had from
combat in Viet Nam has been constant. These treatments have been a big
results are well received by this vet. I would highly recommend these
treatments to any
Michael A. Hogan
Grants Pass, OR
April 16, 2007
My name is Raul and I’d like to let you
know how acupuncture has benefited me.
First a little about myself, I served two tours in combat in Vietnam
from 1968-1970. I suffer
with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I’m 100% disabled because of PTSD.
My symptomology from PTSD is wide in range. I have high anxiety, easily
angered. I have a
hard time sleeping with nightmares and flashbacks and I’m always
mind-racing. I had a hard
I was introduced to acupuncture from another combat friend of mine. The
Acupuncturists Without Borders. I’ve been receiving treatment once a
week for about the last
two and half months now.
I believe that because of the acupuncture treatments I have become
calmer and my anxiety
level has drastically come down. I’m able to sleep more restfully and
longer and without
nightmares or flashbacks. My mind-racing is definitely not as bad. I
now feel that I can sit
and kickback and relax without feeling anxious.
I attribute my changes to the acupuncture treatments I’ve received. I
can say that
acupuncture works. It does for me. Thanks!
From Portland, ME Vets Clinic:
I got chatting with the ZZ-Top guys (all
those guys from Lewiston) last night after the clinic.
They asked me to please let everybody know how much they appreciate
this service. "Basically
we have all lived through hell and this clinic is making a huge
difference for us" - and his wife
agreed that there is a big difference in her husband now! Another said
that after the first clinic
they all went to dinner and someone told a joke, "for the first time in
many years I laughed
out loud. A real belly laugh. That's when I thought maybe these needles
were doing something
after all!" And they all agreed that the clinic is making huge
differences in their lives.
Stories from Ellen Leonard, Leader of
Grants Pass, OR Veterans Clinic:
I've been in acupuncture for eight years,
and I have found it to be wonderfully gratifying to be
able to affect patients' physical and emotional pain. But nothing I
have done in those years
compares to the satisfaction I experience every week treating my vets
for their post combat
When these men and women first started coming, (all Vietnam era
soldiers) they were
guarded at best, some obviously still traumatized, some quite
disheveled and wanting to be
alone in a treatment room rather than with the others. As the weeks
passed, I saw a beautiful
transformation in every one of them. Their appearance improved, the
loners started joining
the others, quietly at first and then finally participating fully. I
tried to make it a quiet,
relaxing experience for them, but this group would have none of it.
They are boisterous,
energetic, they share their experiences and humor, and some have since
been able to
participate in other forms of emotional healing, fully recalling war
experiences that until now
were fully repressed. The energy freed from repressing the memory is
now expressing in joy
rather than depression. I continue to see profound change in every one
Testimonials from the Portland Veterans
Acupuncture Clinic, Portland, Maine
Veterans Day November 11, 2008 Portland Veterans’ Acupuncture Clinic
At PVAC, we held our usual Tuesday night
everyone had their treatments, the vets and family members congregated
in the hallway, where the acupuncturists had set up a table of homemade
goodies in honor of Veterans Day. Members of both teams of
acupuncturists showed up to honor the vets in this social time.
I asked a few of the participants what they would like me to pass along
to seminar participants in future AWB trainings, and, if they
couldn’t think of anything along those lines, what are they
getting out of coming to PVAC.
Here’s what they said:
The first vet I spoke to after the Vets
said, he thought it would be good for me to tell prospective vets
acuclinic operators that vets ought to be told what to expect from
treatment: that some people have immediate positive results, and others
experience a “gradual glide”. He mentioned experiencing
“dopey” feelings, and stated that he now realizes that
it’s going to take a long time to get through his stuff. In the
beginning, he quit taking his antidepressants, and just crashed after 2
– 3 sessions. Almost quit. But didn’t. He said acupuncture
has not been a magic bullet for him, but he sleeps better, one night
each week, especially. He is less anxious. Calmer. Better able to cope
with day to day stuff. He said he has heard some people say it’s
just a placebo effect and he says, who cares what it is? “It just
feels so good to come in after all these years to know someone cares.
He described how he and another fellow in particular never sit with
their back to the door of any space they are in. But here, it feels so
good to sit anywhere in the circle, because they know that we have
Family of Active Duty
I spoke to a couple (middle aged) who said
a vet, but they were children of vets, and they have two kids who are
currently in active duty, one a marine, and the other in the Coast
Guard. At present, on child is in Iraq. They said right now, whenever
the doorbell rings is really scary to them. Stressful. I asked why they
are coming to the clinic. She said, “It brings a calm on me. I
last a whole week.” He said, “I get three to four good
Wife of Vietnam Vet
She comes to the clinic with her husband.
“date night”. It’s good time together. She gets
“an overarching sense of calm”. After the treatment, they
go out and get something to eat or pick up a pizza. Treatment
“takes the edge off of sometimes testy expeditions
together.” Husband is an angry driver, and the drive in is
sometimes very tense. Clinic time is not weighted. There is no stress
associated with it. It’s a way to be supportive of him, but it is
helpful to her, too.
Husband - the Vietnam Vet
He is sleeping a lot better. He backed off
meds, then missed a couple of weeks in the clinic, and had to start
back up on sleeping meds again. Was referred to clinic by the Vets
Center. Has been coming for a while. Has a problem with anger –
but can’t remember when was angry last. Sleeps better; feels
calm; don’t need as much medication to feel normal. Seems happier
(in spite of the fact that several family members have died in recent
past, and today their dog died.)
Have wanted to work with vets for years.
this clinic manifests a deep meditation vision she had years ago of
herself and her work.
Referred to clinic by one-on-one
problems with anger, anxiety, and PTSD. It’s been about a month.
Didn’t know what to expect. Was just sitting there, and suddenly
calm zoned him out. Anxiety has really come down. Looks forward to
Tuesday night. Still feels angry, but doesn’t get as mad, and his
anger doesn’t last as long.
Quotes from Veterans Pilot Project
Albuquerque, New Mexico
From a male Vietnam Army combat veteran:
“It has helped me a great deal.
I would recommend it to anyone, especially to help a person with PTSD
or other physical or mental problems. Thanks a lot. Freddie Lopes
He circled that the treatments helped with: mental clarity, headaches,
anxiety, depression, anger, helps me cope with day-to-day life. Circled
Extremely effective, Definitely come again and recommend to others.
From another male Vietnam Army combat
“I haven’t been here
in a few weeks and boy did I need the treatment. Thank you so very
He circled it helped with: mental clarity, improved energy, enhanced
performance, sleeping problems, bad dreams, headaches, anxiety,
depression, anger, helps me be calmer, helps me cope day-to-day life
better(this is the entire list on the form). Circled Extremely
Effective, Definitely would come again and recommend to others.
From the wife of an Air Force veteran:
“Three years ago I received an
electrical shock that caused brain injury from disrupted cerebral
circulation (Spec Scan). This was similar to an older, less serious
injury from husband’s time overseas (i.e. microwaves
& radiation), causing loss of balance and nervous cognitive
difficulties. This week we were able to get movement and tissue release
so that I can do exercises for proprioception. The first healing of
that injury also came through acupuncture and (it enabled me to stay in
school.) Many veterans and their family members have been exposed, not
only to chemicals (e.g. agent orange), but also EMF and Radioactivity.
It is extremely difficult to treat the results of these exposures, but
you technique works very well. I would be pleased to support you in any
way helpful with medical or other documentation.” Gail
She circled that treatments helped with: Mental clarity, headaches and
anger. Circled Extremely effective, Definitely would come again and
recommend to others.
From a wife of a Vietnam Army combat veteran:
“Having a venue in which
veterans and their family members can receive treatment is beneficial.
This is recognizing the fact that PTSD affects the whole family system.
The relief of stress and anxiety is noticeable. I’m
appreciative of this service.”
She circled it helped with anxiety and to be calmer. Circled Extremely
effective, Definitely would come again and recommend to others.
She also told me on this night that she told her VA Women’s
PTSD group about our service and will be emailing the group our
advertising/information flyer. She said that the VA doesn’t
offer many services to family members and they feel isolated as a
result and this is why she is so happy with our service.
From a male Vietnam Army combat veteran:
“My treatment on Mondays is
something I look forward to. It helps in making me calmer throughout
the week.” Same as above :circled all, etc.
From a male Vietnam Marine combat veteran:
“It helps with my
heard about our soldiers returning from Iraq suffering from
post-traumatic syndrome. Our soldiers from other wars
such as World War II, Korea and Vietnam also suffered from the same
illness but it was called different names.
There is an organization of practicing acupuncture specialists who want
to use acupuncture to help these men returning from war.
This group is attempting to raise money to match a grant to use
acupuncture in the treatment of these soldiers. I have participated
and believe it can help. I fully support the efforts of this
Richard H. Thompson
Four Star General, USA (Retired)
"There were two gentlemen in the clinic at
time who had been coming on a regular basis. Neither had spoken to me
or each other on previous occasions. After acupuncture one gentleman
began telling me what had been bothering him for so many years (Vietnam
Veteran) and then the other joined in the discussion who is also a
Vietnam Veteran. It was a sad discussion about vivid flash backs, guilt
for surviving, etc."
Carolyn Bleakley, L.Ac., runs the
Pojoaque, New Mexico Veterans Clinic