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National (USA) Programs

Learn more about our ongoing programs in the US below or donate to our national disaster relief fund which enables us to quickly mobilize after events such as wildfires, floods, earthquakes and hurricanes in the US.

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Disaster Relief

Our disaster relief work in the United States focuses on responding directly to traumatic events and supporting local practitioners in their relief efforts. This work started after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and, since then, we have responded to hundreds of other disasters including earthquakes, floods, mass shootings, wildfires, Covid-19 and more. We only mobilize efforts if our presence is requested in the local community. We prioritize supporting local practitioners and partnering with organizations on the ground. Our Healing Community Trauma training program aims to equip acupuncturists around the country to respond to these events with compassion and skill. 

If you would like to request AWB presence or support in the aftermath of a disaster in your community, please contact Carla Cassler at director@acuwithoutborders.org.

Alternatives to Opioids

In 2019, Acupuncturists Without Borders launched a national program to address the Opioid Crisis through specialized trainings and treatment protocols provided by licensed acupuncture practitioners in authorized clinical settings.

The urgent need for non-pharmacological alternatives to opioids drives this effort which will include:

  • specialized trainings led by a pharmacist/acupuncturist who has devoted her career to this issue
  • teaching of unique, opioid response treatments that provide a time-tested alternative to the prescribing of pain medications
  • working with families and communities impacted by this crisis
  • support for creation of clinics around the country to address this crisis\partnerships with others in Oriental medicine doing this work
  • partnerships with allied health professions
  • national media outreach and education

Community Service Clinics

AWB’s Community Service Clinic Program grew out of its Military Stress Recovery Program, which offers treatments for stress and trauma to veterans, active military and their families. Each community service clinic affiliated with AWB serves a unique audience within the local community, including populations such as: elders, people with limited access to healthcare and refugees.

The Inn Spot Community Acupuncture Clinic in San Diego offers free treatments to first responders

Military Stress Recovery Program

The Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) provides free acupuncture treatments for veterans, active military personnel, reservists and their families.
The MSRP began in 2006 with a pilot clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and currently includes over 30 AWB-affiliated clinics across the country.

AWB created the MSRP program during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because so many soldiers and veterans were suffering the effects of trauma without effective treatment within the military medical system. Pharmacological treatments for post-traumatic stress (PTS) have been shown to be relatively ineffective and can create chemical dependence with devastating side effects, including increased suicide rates. AWB has pioneered the use of acupuncture as a safe, effective, non-pharmacological therapy for returning soldiers that fills this trauma treatment gap.

Clients at MSRP clinics experience benefits such as a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. They experience improved mental clarity, less anxiety and depression and a renewed interest in social relationships and community. Many subsequently report that they are able to reduce medication dosages for a wide variety of symptoms that are co-morbid with stress and post-traumatic stress, including pain and insomnia.

The potential of this program is enormous. History has shown that the long-term impact of war takes a tremendous toll for decades. By providing free acupuncture to veterans who have recently returned from war, we can play a part in preventing history from repeating itself. By offering treatment for veterans from previous wars and conflicts, we take part in helping mend the psychological wounds of the past.

The beauty of acupuncture is that it is a simple, low-cost modality offering immediate, effective, easily accessible support for large numbers of people. It can also work harmoniously with other more conventional treatment modalities such as counseling and medication.

If you are interested in getting involved with the Military Stress Recovery Project please send an email to veterans@acuwithoutborders.org.

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