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Acupuncturists without Borders supports Calgarians & residents of High River

Posted by Tanya on July 17, 2013 at 6:45 PM

In two short weeks, a city has endured a disaster beyond what I thought I'd ever see in this lifetime. Many Calgarians pulled together and made it through...together

Volunteering in our city was at an all time high, many organizing their own grassroots clean up teams, businesses packed up supplies and services, and headed down to the affected areas donating their time and profession - the point in all this? A heroic city full of self-sacrificing individuals came together as a community in support of those who were affected by the devastating Alberta floods. How very powerful and profound.


Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), an organization on a mission to provide immediate relief and recovery acupuncture services to global communities that are in crisis from disaster or human conflict. AWB also seeks to provide training and services to global communities that promote and sustain local self-directed, self-sufficient, proactive and long-term recovery, rebuilding and trauma (including PTSD) resolution.


Acupuncturists Without Borders has helped more than 20,000 people recover after Hurricane Katrina, the Iowa floods, the California wildfires, the Boulder wildfires, the shootings in Tucson, Arizona in January 2011, the earthquake in New Zealand in February 2011, and in recent work with traumatized populations in Nepal, Ecuador, Mongolia, and Haiti.


AWB arrived in Alberta June 2013, with a few separate venues within Calgary, and 2 other efforts for mobile acupuncture in High River and many surrounding areas  - which has enabled AWB to treat over 100 people the first week of its set up, and currently has treated well over 300+ individuals and families since. The call to help has been extremely beneficial.



The community acupuncture method that we use is well-suited to conditions faced in a disaster or after traumatic events. We can set up our treatments almost anywhere and we can immediately treat large groups of people.


"Treatments last from 30-60 minutes with people receiving treatment while sitting in a chair fully clothed. Under the NADA protocol needles go on the ears. The treatments done by AWB acupuncturists are effective for helping people facing enormous stress, anger, frustration, depression, fatigue and other emotional and physical pain.

 

The therapeutic effects happen quickly and can last a long time. These simple acupuncture treatments can have a transformative effect without requiring the traumatized client to talk.

 

Done in groups, community acupuncture can help break the isolation often felt after traumatic events. Even those who resist traditional treatment for Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)are often willing receive acupuncture. Treatments support rebuilding strength and resiliency, essential for the recovery process. Acupuncture treatments have a calming effect and help those struggling with anger, hostility and frustration.

 

Our treatments are free and available to all who need them. We are committed to helping the primary survivors of traumatic events, as well as emergency responders, relief workers and others affected by the emergency."

http://www.acuwithoutborders.org


Acupuncturists Without Borders plan is to remain in these affected areas until there is no longer a need. If you would like Free acupuncture in Bowness, come on down to the Bowness Community Association! Registered Acupuncturists are available for your free treatment and to help you destress Monday, and Tuesdays from 5:00 -8:00pm.


Bowness Community Centre - Calgary, AB


Tenting in Inglewood - Calgary, AB


Rodeo Grounds - High River, AB


We all have areas of expertise that can be utilitzed in unprecidented disaster or tragedy. In the comments below, please share when your talent was called upon?

 

References

This article was written using the following sources:

1. http://www.acuwithoutborders.org

2. https://www.facebook.com/CalgaryFloodAcupunctureReliefProject" target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/CalgaryFloodAcupunctureReliefProject

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13 Comments

Reply Tanya
11:39 PM on September 18, 2013 
For the month of September, Acupuncturists Without Borders is set up:

Bowness Community Association: Monday & Tuesday 5-8pm
Sunnyside/Hillhurst Farmer's Market: Wednesday 3-7pm
High River Farmer's Market: Thursday 3-7pm
Reply Tanya
6:28 PM on September 12, 2013 
[Nadine Nicholson]
Tanya, what an amazing organization you belong to. The assistance offered to the flood victims is amazing and I love hearing the stories from the volunteers who've been helping.

Great job!

Thank you for taking the time to comment Nadine, I too was filled with love and awe at the number of families coming together - setting up grassroots companies, or just lending a hand where they could. I am especially thankful to Eastern Currents in Vancouver (who continually supplies us with the required needles, and disposable containers).
Reply Tanya
6:18 PM on September 12, 2013 
[Dana Goldstein]
What a great idea and a fantastic way to support others. When disaster strikes, people would expect the basic needs to be covered and usually counselling is available. It probably did not occur to anyone to try acupuncture until they saw your tent.

There was some controversy over how we were initially 'helping' the community but if you read the testimonials, many could barely get through the overwhelming nature the flood, let alone the impact this had not only their homes, but marriages and families.
Now a daily line up at the tents is usual, including local farmer's markets! Its worth a try and spreading the word about acupuncture is brilliant! The acupuncture society couldn't be more honoured.
Reply Tanya
6:13 PM on September 12, 2013 
[Josephene Juell]
As a Bowness resident-it was great to see you set up in our community-thank you! We have absolutely seen many post-stress individuals in our office these past 3 week for all of our services-massage, acupuncture & chiropractic, and were happy that we were able to pull together a free community day to raise money for one of the charitable groups working with kids and families, also affected by the flood. It only feels like a little, but many hands make light work?

Thank you for taking the time to comment Josephene, what you and your business is doing will make movement in your community - its hard to not be sure where to help but like you said, "many hands make light work.." Love it!
Reply Tanya
6:10 PM on September 12, 2013 
[Jennifer]
Oh wow - this post is amazing. What a fabulous way of sharing the incredible work you do with so many who are in need. Beautiful. When a community joins together to both help and heal anything can be accomplished.
Jen

I think the entire community of Alberta has come together in such a memorable way! Yes, definitely more help is needed in High River but if one person at a time can be touched then Acupuncturists without Borders has done its job well! Thank you for posting Jen! :)
Reply Tanya
6:08 PM on September 12, 2013 
[Laura]
What a great way to give back and an excellent organization to be part of. I am sure everyone you touched in aid of the stress incurred through these times has been helpful!

The organization has reached its 1,000th treatment! I am definitely blessed to support an organization of wonderfully helpful and talented acupuncturists!
Reply Tanya
6:05 PM on September 12, 2013 
[Katie]
This is truly amazing!

Thank you for your comment Katie, Alberta is amazing indeed!
Reply Katie
2:50 PM on July 31, 2013 
This is truly amazing!
Reply Laura
11:40 AM on July 26, 2013 
What a great way to give back and an excellent organization to be part of. I am sure everyone you touched in aid of the stress incurred through these times has been helpful!
Reply Jennifer
12:20 AM on July 26, 2013 
Oh wow - this post is amazing. What a fabulous way of sharing the incredible work you do with so many who are in need. Beautiful. When a community joins together to both help and heal anything can be accomplished.
Jen
Reply Josephene Juell
7:08 PM on July 24, 2013 
As a Bowness resident-it was great to see you set up in our community-thank you! We have absolutely seen many post-stress individuals in our office these past 3 week for all of our services-massage, acupuncture & chiropractic, and were happy that we were able to pull together a free community day to raise money for one of the charitable groups working with kids and families, also affected by the flood. It only feels like a little, but many hands make light work?
Reply Dana Goldstein
8:15 PM on July 19, 2013 
What a great idea and a fantastic way to support others. When disaster strikes, people would expect the basic needs to be covered and usually counselling is available. It probably did not occur to anyone to try acupuncture until they saw your tent.
Reply Nadine Nicholson
4:23 PM on July 19, 2013 
Tanya, what an amazing organization you belong to. The assistance offered to the flood victims is amazing and I love hearing the stories from the volunteers who've been helping.

Great job!