Founded in 2005 as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Katrina that devastated the Gulf Coast, Acupuncturists without Borders (AWB) is a grassroots organization that provides free acupuncture treatments to survivors and first responders of natural disasters. Because acupuncture is such an effective form of treatment for stress and anxiety related disorders, AWB partnered with organizations such as clinics, shelters, law enforcement agencies, and FEMA to help individuals to cope with the tasks of surviving and rebuilding.
The success of AWB was quickly evident, and in 2006, a new pilot program called the Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) was established to provide trauma treatment to active duty soldiers and veterans of our US military. This program, based in Albuquerque, NM opened its doors to provide free community-style treatments for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, mental fog, and hyper-vigilance. Untreated, these mental disruptions create an unhealthy trauma cycle that perpetuates through generations.
Today, AWB is a nationwide organization that continues to provide excellent no-cost acupuncture care to our military, and is always prepared to assist with natural disasters. Those helped by AWB programs report improved mental clarity, reduced stress and anxiety, and relief of chronic pain.
We are proud to announce that Ida Mat Aris, L. Ac., has joined the AWB team. If you or a loved one is a veteran or member of the active military and are currently experiencing any stress related issues, please give us a call at Healing Circle Community Acupuncture at 909-590-4183. We will be happy to give you information about sessions, and about how our treatment can work for you.