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...
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255 I have been helping patients get off of anti-depressants for decades and have witnessed the clinical efficiency of utilizing acupuncture and herbal therapy for depression. Recent studies affirm my experiences showing that acupuncture is a cost-effective and efficient way to reverse depression. As discussed in a previous blog linked here, … Continue reading Treating Depression with Acupuncture and Herbs
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
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
Opioid use has been shown to contribute to depression as prolonged use can produce neurological changes as we established in an earlier blog about opioid use and brain damage. Most anti-depressants are called selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI's). SSRI's ease depression by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) … Continue reading The Problem with Using Anti-Depressants after Withdrawing from Opioids