This veterans day we at Tai Chi Acupuncture and Wellness Center would like to extend our respect and gratitude to those that have served our country. Our goal is to always create healthier and happier people by providing high-quality, personalized, alternative healthcare. The healing of our nation's veterans is a part of this goal. Common conditions that veterans come in for include: anxiety, acute and chronic pain, sleep issues, and post-traumatic stress. Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive treatment that involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body. Treatments have been proven to help prevent and relieve a wide variety of health issues.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a significant public health problem, affecting approximately 7% of the general population and 13–18% of the combat Veteran population (Hollifield, et al., 2021). There will always be a place for Western medicine, but we hope to help our veterans suffering from PTSD by taking a holistic approach to healing. In Chinese medicine, practitioners focus on bringing balance to the mind, body, and spirit.
The VA considers acupuncture an alternative form of treatment for veterans. Acupuncture is one of the complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches within the VHA Whole Health System of care included in VHA Directive 1137 – Provision of Complementary and Integrative Health, published in May 2017. This allows acupuncture care to be FULLY covered by the Veterans medical benefits package, when clinically necessary, as determined by the patient’s care team (VA, 2021).
In order to get fully covered acupuncture from the VA, you would need to obtain a referral from your VA doctor. Once the request has been submitted, we usually have approval within 48 hours and can begin treatment right away. If you or someone you know is a veteran that could benefit from acupuncture please call! We are here to answer any questions you have and help with the process. We offer free 30 minute consultations where our practitioners sit down and discuss personalized treatment plans.
Hollifield, M., Hsiao, A. F., Carrick, K., Gory Munoz, A., Calloway, T., Cocozza, K., Smith, B., Smith, T., Jovanovic, T., Norrholm, S., Sokhadze, E., & Reist, C. (2021). Acupuncture for combat post-traumatic stress disorder: trial development and methodological approach for a randomized controlled clinical trial. Trials, 22(1), 594. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-021-05394-3