Community & Giving
The successful use of acupuncture in the aftermath of September 11 inspired much of its use since then to ease tension and improve behavioral health after major disasters.
At the Pain Free Project, we are dedicated to easing the physical and mental pain of sex-trafficking survivors with compassion-based treatment by trauma-informed practitioners.
Horrified by the abusive and neglectful treatment of immigrants at the Tex-Mex border, volunteers offer food, supplies, and legal & health care services.
My venture back to Nepal is through the Acupuncture Relief Project – an amazing non-profit in Nepal that delivers acupuncture in the Makwanpur District.
Family Tree Acupuncture in Daytona Beach offers a free veterans memorial acupuncture clinic, dedicated to my grandfather and veteran, Paul J. Suchcicki.
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Community & Giving: Research & News
An Observational Study on Acupuncture for Earthquake-Related Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Medical Acupuncture) - 2018
Earthquakes are associated with severe psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Current first-line therapies for PTSD have well-known side-effects. Acupuncture is a complementary approach to help patients cope with mental problems after natural disasters and public health events. Click to read
Acupuncture for Treatment of Persistent Disturbed Sleep: A Randomized Clinical Trial in Veterans With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. (Journal of Clinical Psychiatry) - 2018
Real acupuncture, compared with a sham needling procedure, resulted in a significant improvement in sleep measures for veterans with mTBI and disturbed sleep, even in the presence of PTSD. These results indicate that an alternative-medicine treatment modality like acupuncture can provide clinically significant relief for a particularly recalcitrant problem affecting large segments of the veteran population. Click to read
Acupuncture: Bridging the Gap Between the Military and Veterans' Health Systems (Medical Acupuncture) - 2018
For the estimated 270,000 military service men and women who transition each year to the VHA, acupuncture and other integrative therapies are familiar treatment options for conditions such as chronic pain. Click to read
Responding to the health needs of survivors of human trafficking: a systematic review (BMC Health Services Research) - 2016
Authors drew attention to cultural differences in attitudes towards health, particularly mental health, and highlighted that typically Western approaches, such as counselling, may not be appropriate for this client group. In qualitative work by Aron et al., victims described wanting other services, outside of one-to-one therapy, to address their emotional needs, such as acupuncture. Click to read
TREATING THE HIDDEN WOUNDS: TRAUMA TREATMENT AND MENTAL HEALTH RECOVERY FOR VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING (US Dept of Health & Human Services) 2008
In-depth and timely information to help HHS design and implement effective programs and services that help trafficking victims overcome the trauma and injuries they have suffered, to regain their dignity, and become self-sufficient. Click to read
Back to Basics
What kind of acupuncture should you seek out – community or private sessions? Learn about the pros and cons of each, plus some options worth considering!
Have you heard the buzz about “dry needling” lately? Read on to learn more about the differences between dry needling and acupuncture and what this means for you.
What makes acupuncture work better for some than others? We’ll go over three keys to a successful treatment so you can get the best results possible.
Acupuncture is just one part of the whole medical system of Chinese medicine. Explore the world of TCM.
There seems to be an ongoing conversation that one must “believe” in acupuncture–as if it is a religious-based healing or its complementary opposite, voodoo–for it to be effective.
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December Spotlight: Community & Giving
Rachelle Lambert, LAc
Rachelle Lambert, LAc began to volunteer in 2014 and has been active in deployments internationally in Nepal after the earthquakes of 2015, in Colorado Springs during the Planned Parenthood Active Shooter Recovery in 2015, the Colorado Cold Springs Fire Response and Recovery in 2016, and the Sunshine Canyon Fire Response in 2017.
In addition to volunteering and running her private practice, Rachelle is involved with developing research studies to explore acupuncture treatments and strategies in the field of natural disasters and community crisis. She developed the State of Colorado Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Disaster Behavioral Health Team and serves as the Team Leader. Rachelle regularly teaches courses to educate the acupuncture community on how to be an effective and ethical emergency responder and is in the process of creating a certification course with the Academy of Integrative Medicine at Austin.
Maggie Meijia, Acupuncture Physician
Maggie’s passion for Chinese medicine is rooted in her personal experience with acupuncture beginning in her early 20s. As a former chronic allergy sufferer, frequent cold-catcher and the poster child for gastrointestinal upset (to which she credits growing up on Dairy Queen), acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese medicine lifestyle doctrines changed her health and, subsequently, her life.
Maggie’s master’s degree in Chinese medicine coupled with mentorships and clinical internships – in San Francisco’s acupuncture clinics and California Pacific Medical Center’s Stroke and Rehabilitation Center – have contributed to her clinical skills and her appreciation for integrative medicine. Maggie and the team at Family Tree Acupuncture show their love for community-style medicine and giving back to the community, with The Paul J. Suchcicki Free Veterans Memorial Clinic, named in honor of her grandfather.
Angela Yvonne, LAc
Angela Yvonne is an acupuncturist and herbalist who helps patients overcome anxiety, depression and fatigue by balancing mind, body and spirit. Her unique program for microbiome health allows her patients heal their gut, their mind and their body with a combination of dietary changes, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Angela is licensed by the California Board of Acupuncture and has over 10 years of clinical experience working with a wide variety of health challenges.
In 2015, Angela founded The Pain Free Project in the belief that every survivor of human trafficking deserves access to all healing modalities in order to fully heal their mind, body and spirit. The program matches survivors with a dedicated health care practitioner screened and trained in the treatment of sex trafficking related traumas to provide the best care in natural, holistic therapies.