Free Acupuncture for Veterans

February 12, 2008 at 3:12 am 3 comments

I am excited to be a part of a new program to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afganistan. Two Boston-area clinics, in Arlington and Boston, will provide free community-style acupuncture treatments for veterans and their families and caregivers.  Similar clinics are beginning in locations across the country.  The programs are inspired by Acupuncturists Without Borders’ nationwide effort to respond to the stress and trauma experienced by veterans returning from war. I will be volunteering as an acupuncturist and doing outreach and organizing for the project.This program will be open to veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as veterans from other wars or conflicts. Some clinics may also offer treatment to close family members, who are also affected.  The Arlington, MA clinic is open for clients (contact number below); the Boston clinic is expected to open in the next several months. Watch this blog for updates!

Community acupuncture is a simple but powerful approach to treating stress and trauma. Treatments are done in a group, seated and clothed, and consist of needles on the ears only. This style of treatment was used for AWB’s programs in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and was very well-received. Participants reported that it helped with anxiety, depression and insomnia; many others found relief from physical ailments as well. The feedback from an AWB pilot program for Veterans in Albequerque has also been very positive and encouraging.

To learn more about the veterans’ program (including an up-to-date listing of clinic sites around the country), how acupuncture can help with post-traumatic stress, and AWB’s work with Hurricane Katrina survivors, visit  For information on the Arlington, MA clinic, call 617-849-4928.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Elie  |  February 14, 2008 at 2:47 am

    That’s a great thing you are doing. I wish you luck with that.

  • 2. Holistic Junction  |  February 25, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    What a compassionate idea and gift to veterans. Are they going to be expanding this program throughout the US?

  • 3. myacupuncture  |  February 27, 2008 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks for the supportive comments!

    Yes, the idea is to expand the veterans’ program nationwide. Currently there are groups of acupuncturists working on starting clinics in many different areas. The model is very decentralized — clinics are run by the local sponsoring groups, rather than by AWB — but you can find up-to-date listings on their website:


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