Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Acupuncture and Combat Stress, TBI, and Traumatic Stress

Acupuncture used for treating Combat Stress, TBI, and Traumatic Stress.  Locations:  forward deployed U.S. military bases, disaster relief and recovery areas around the globe through Acupuncturists without Borders, and locally in Military Stress Recovery Projects clinics and offices of Acupuncturists/Practitioners of Traditional Asian Medicine.

Acupuncture is drug-free. Acupuncture is wonderful as an adjunct treatment for combat injuries and operational theater injuries such as concussions, traumatic brain injury (TBI), stress, anxiety, poor sleep, and racing thoughts. See more on Stress-Relief acupuncture at the De-Stress Vets website.

This is why Acupuncturists without Borders is so successful in treating people recovering from disasters in their Disaster Relief mobile clinics and the Military Stress Recovery Project.

There are several levels of education of acupuncturists. There are detox specialists, medical acupuncturists, and Licensed Acupuncturists/East Asian Medicine Practitioners who have a masters or doctorate degree in the medicine. For a more thorough explanation, please see the list from the CCAOM (Council of Colleges on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Please ask your acupuncturist what training in acupuncture they have received and ask to see their license or training certificate before you receive a treatment.

From CCAOM site "Know Your Acupuncturist":
Acupuncture Training hours
Description of Title or Certificate
3 - 4 years graduate school
(1500-2000+ hours)
"Licensed Acupuncturist" or "East Asian Medicine Practitioner"
Received a master's or doctorate in study of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from an accredited program* AND passed the National Board Exam.
300 hours or less
"Medical Acupuncturist" or “medical acupuncture”
An MD, osteopathic physician, naturopathic physician, or chiropractor who takes a continuing education course in acupuncture pain relief procedures only.
100 hours or less
"Detox Specialists" in the United States.
They are limited to using 5 needles or less in each ear. Ear/Auricular acupuncture only.

For more detailed information, check out the CCAOM's "Know Your Acupuncturist" page.

--Megan Kingsley Gale, L.Ac./EAMP (MSAOM), Dipl. OM
Licensed Acupuncturist/East Asian Medicine Practitioner
(Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine)
Nationally Board Certified Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM**)

*Accredited program. Acupuncture program must be accredited by the ACAOM (American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), which has been given the directive from the U.S. Department of Education as the only accrediting body for training of Acupuncturists.  The only accredited programs for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine are Master's degree and Doctoral Degree programs.

**NCCAOM = National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the national board exam providers for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine National Board exams in the U.S.A.
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