What We Do

The Augusta Veterans Acupuncture Clinic is one of those independent clinics.

We at AVAC are indebted to:
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (www.acudetox.com) and
Acupuncturists Without Borders (www.acuwithoutborders.org)
for their pioneering work with acupuncture in the field.

We also acknowledge the:
Portland Veterans Acupuncture Clinic (www.PortlandVetsAcuClinic.org) and
Bangor Veterans Acupuncture Clinic (www.BangorVetsAcuClinic.org)
for their work with local veterans and for their generosity and support as we worked to open this Augusta clinic.
Acupuncture encourages the body, mind and spirit to rediscover and maintain optimal health and balance. This is achieved by placing hair-thin, sterile, single-use needles into carefully chosen points on the body.

In this community-style acupuncture clinic, we will use a form of ear acupuncture that was pioneered by Dr. Michael Smith in the 1970's at the Lincoln Hospital, Bronx, NY, to treat alcohol and drug addiction. In 1985, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) was formed. On their website, NADA reports that patients in their program evidence improved retention, a more optimistic and cooperative attitude, and reductions in cravings, anxiety, sleep disturbances and need for pharmaceuticals.
Since 9/11, acupuncturists have expanded the use of the NADA protocol to treat recovery workers in disaster settings (e.g., Ground Zero, New Orleans after Katrina, San Diego after the wildfires). First responders and displaced citizens treated in the field reported less insomnia and fewer nightmares, reduced irritability and anger, increased mental clarity and ability to focus on tasks.

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), after their successful mobilization in New Orleans, began the Military Stress Recovery Project in 2006 with a pilot clinic in Albuquerque, NM. Following the success of that pilot veterans acupuncture clinic, more than 30 free, independent clinics have opened, nation-wide, to treat veterans for PTSD and other service-related physical and emotional health issues.
Since 9/11, acupuncturists have expanded the use of the NADA protocol to treat recovery workers in disaster settings (e.g., Ground Zero, New Orleans after Katrina, San Diego after the wildfires). First responders and displaced citizens treated in the field reported less insomnia and fewer nightmares, reduced irritability and anger, increased mental clarity and ability to focus on tasks.

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), after their successful mobilization in New Orleans, began the Military Stress Recovery Project in 2006 with a pilot clinic in Albuquerque, NM. Following the success of that pilot veterans acupuncture clinic, more than 30 free, independent clinics have opened, nation-wide, to treat veterans for PTSD and other service-related physical and emotional health issues.


The Augusta Veterans Acupuncture Clinic is one of those independent clinics.

We at AVAC are indebted to:
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (www.acudetox.com) and
Acupuncturists Without Borders (www.acuwithoutborders.org)
for their pioneering work with acupuncture in the field.

We also acknowledge the:
Portland Veterans Acupuncture Clinic (www.PortlandVetsAcuClinic.org) and
Bangor Veterans Acupuncture Clinic (www.BangorVetsAcuClinic.org)
for their work with local veterans and for their generosity and support as we worked to open this Augusta clinic.
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