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Acupuncture in the Community: ACTCM at CIIS


From a very early age, I knew that I wanted to be a doctor. Um, I just wasn’t quite clear on what kind of doctor. Moreover, ACTCM has enabled me to fulfill that purpose in a way that I could never have dreamed of. It combined what I wanted, which was acupuncture training, diagnostic training, and herbology. ACTCM has always been very community-oriented, and it’s one of the reasons I have chosen to study there now twice in my career.

We treat hundreds of vets a year with acupuncture that they can’t get anyplace else. So, how are you doing? I am doing pretty good. I, uh, it’s, you know, a little anxiety. Yeah, I can feel in your pulse it’s a little bit whirly. I was enlisted for six years, three years of active, and three years of inactive. I had done acupuncture in the past, but it never dawned on me that it might help with the stress of PTSD.

♪This is a clinic set up by Acupuncturists Without Borders. ACTCM has been very generous in working with me as a program director at Acupuncturists Without Borders. They use an ancient medical tradition as an effective, low-cost, and safe therapy for pain control and the prevention of post-traumatic stress. Our clinical work in these settings has enabled us to really learn how to work with challenging, um, clinical situations and social situations, as well as provide service to the community. I still bring… an attitude of, um, of awe to acupuncture. I’m amazed at what it does for me. Like anything you love and you have a passion for, and you know that it’s why you’re on the planet, I can go to this– into the zone with my patient…

or with the group that I’m in, and this is like no other experience. So, I’m lucky I get to do that every day. Okay, good. Good.