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...

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?

Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 2

Part 1 Linked here! I am in a rare position of having intimate knowledge of all areas of the addiction spectrum. Following our shocking episode, we entered the nightmarish reality of hard-core opioid addiction. My husband was shamed and would not speak to anyone about the addiction for almost a year, not even his own … Continue reading Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 2

Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 1

When I began practicing acupuncture decades ago it was a cash practice in an upper-middle-class neighborhood outside of Charlotte, North Carolina.  Back then there was no insurance coverage for acupuncture and my patients tended to be well-to-do. This is where I started treating opioid dependency. I didn’t have a preconception at the time about addiction; … Continue reading Do You Know Someone Affected by the Opioid Crisis? Chances are You Do! Part 1