Acupuncturists Without Border’s mission is to bring healing, hope and empowerment to communities affected by natural disaster, environmental devastation and human conflict. We do this by offering simple, yet powerful, ear acupuncture treatments to people who have experienced physical and emotional trauma. To increase the impact of AWB’s trauma-healing work, we train volunteer acupuncturists, physicians and other health professionals to create sustainable, collaborative programs in their own communities.
Unresolved trauma is increasingly understood to be at the root of many physical and mental health problems. Without intervention, post-traumatic stress becomes chronic, often undercutting the ability to adapt and move forward. It is often transferred to the next generation and beyond, resulting in significant social problems for individuals, families, communities, and nations.
We have learned while caring for US veterans with post-traumatic stress that drug treatment is not a very effective treatment, and that psychological therapy is not enough. Because post-traumatic stress is a physical condition that wreaks havoc with the brain, nervous system and metabolism, physical treatment is required to begin the healing process. Somatic treatments like acupuncture help re-regulate the body so that the person can emotionally process trauma. Otherwise the person is “stuck” in flight, fright or freeze, creating chronic illness and disability over time. AWB’s treatments help people to re-set, regain hope and resilience, and benefit more fully from other trauma-healing therapies. We call our work the Medicine of Peace.Website: http://www.acuwithoutborders.org
Organization Phone: 505-266-3878