Saturday, May 26, 2012

Stress-Relief Acupuncture

What is Stress-Relief Acupuncture?
copyright Megan Kingsley Gale, 2011
While all forms of acupuncture treatment relieve stress in some way, Stress-Relief Acupuncture referred to here is also called "five needle protocol" and is similar to the NADA protocol (see below). This protocol is 5 special points in each ear. These points are needled bilaterally in each person (each ear gets needles) for a total of 10 needles per person per treatment. (*1) This is a very powerful protocol that brings the body from "fight or flight" mode to "rest and digest" mode while the needles are in. It helps the body remember what it is like to be in "rest and digest" mode. This protocol has been very effective in Disaster Relief clinics (see the work by Acupuncturists without Borders) and is being used in Military Stress Recovery Project Clinics. It aids in recovery from shock. Some people experience pain relief and better sleep as side effects of the treatment (see Testimonials page). Remember, the main purpose of the Stress-Relief Acupuncture treatment is to remind the body how to be in the "rest and digest" mode (aka parasympathetic state). It reminds the body and mind how to come out of the "fight or flight" (sympathetic) mode. The parasympathetic state is essential to quality sleep. Quality sleep leads to better memory and overall body function and strength. Quality sleep is essential to resilience.
*1: Accommodations are made for those who have an injured ear or are wearing hearing devices that obstruct the auricle, as appropriate.
Stress-Relief Acupuncture is used in the De-Stress Vets clinic and other Military Stress Recovery Project clinics across the country.
Acu-tack Courses:  Stress-relief Resources for Corpsmen and Medics
For information about an even simpler protocol available to corpsmen, medics, and other deploy-able military medical personnel (nurses, physicians, and so on), please see the Acu-tack for Stress Relief and Acu-tack for Pain Relief courses.  The Acu-tack courses are designed as a front-line intervention to treat the symptoms of combat stress and pain as soon as possible by putting this simple protocol in the hands of the front-line medic and corpsman.  The sooner the cycle of pain, stress, and insomnia can be disrupted, the greater resilience and healing can kick in.  Thereby reducing the long-term effects of stress and reducing the occurrence of the related long-term stress reaction disorder, PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).
--Megan Kingsley Gale, EAMP/L.Ac.
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