How Veterans are Benefiting from Acupuncture & Why the VA is Reimbursing Acupuncturist for Community Care

A few years back, the VA began compensating licensed acupuncturists in the community for services. More recently, VA facilities began offering acupuncture on-sight and the military is rapidly incorporating acupuncture for all service members and qualified veterans...

5 Things That Thwart Opioid Addiction Recovery: Learn healing strategies for top reasons rehabilitation fails now!

Opioid withdrawal is hard! The symptoms are so brutal that many who truly want to be rid of their opioid dependency don't even make a second attempt after their first experience stopping opioids. My patients describe their shock when they realized that they were addicted, especially after being told by the prescribing physician that the … Continue reading 5 Things That Thwart Opioid Addiction Recovery: Learn healing strategies for top reasons rehabilitation fails now!

What Do Emotions Have to Do With Pain?

This question was posed to me during a radio interview and I had to pause for a moment to answer this insightful query. I knew the answer, but could not go into the complex theories of traditional Chinese medicine to provide an answer and had to come up with a simple explanation. My condensed reply … Continue reading What Do Emotions Have to Do With Pain?

Veterans Receive Acupuncture Treatments for PTSD as an Evidence-Based Therapy

I have treated countless veterans for PTSD with great results, but one such patient haunts me. About eight months ago, a good looking Marine in his late 40's came to see me. He lives down around Charlotte, NC with his wife and two tween girls. He returned from Afghanistan with tremendous neck pain and PTSD … Continue reading Veterans Receive Acupuncture Treatments for PTSD as an Evidence-Based Therapy

VA Using Acupuncture for Pain, PTSD, and Opioid Cessation

I will begin commuting to a local VA hospital in Salisbury, NC next month to treat veterans one day per week.¬†Salisbury is one of only a dozen or so VA sites that was chosen to participate in a new study. The goal is to collect data that will help to systematically determine what complimentary modalities … Continue reading VA Using Acupuncture for Pain, PTSD, and Opioid Cessation