Northwestern Alumni Provide Veterans with Community Acupuncture
Kate Martin | October 05, 2011
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More than 15 Northwestern alumni and students donated their time to show veterans the healing affects of community acupuncture at the annual Veteran’s StandDown. Nearly 225 veterans took advantage of the free services during the two day-event sponsored by the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). “This is our second year providing acupuncture services at the event,” said Lisa Grant, event coordinator and a student in the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern. “We spread the word early and received a tremendous response from the local acupuncture and oriental medicine community.”
Students greeted veterans at the site, offering them information about acupuncture and its healing affects. Valerie Overby, also a student at the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, viewed the event as a chance to get involved. “As a T2 student, I have not started my clinics yet,” said Overby, “so this is a way for me to help out and gain experience without being hands on.”
Northwestern alumni, along with a few other licensed acupuncturists, performed acupuncture based on the veterans' need for general wellness or treatment of chronic or acute pain. Acupuncture treatment helps reduce stress and anxiety; uplift depressive feelings; help with trouble sleeping; and provides a general sense of well-being.
After the acupuncture treatment, veterans were given information about Northwestern’s Warrior to Citizen Program. The Warrior to Citizen Program offers soldiers and their families natural health care treatments, including acupuncture and Oriental medicine, chiropractic, and massage therapy, free of charge. For more information about the program, call (952) 885-5415.