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June 1 - 7, 2010

Veterans get free acupuncture at AMC’s Community Clinic BY ROBERT HAMILTON

Veterans can receive up to 12 free acupuncture treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m., beginning June 4, at Acupuncture and Massage College’s Community Clinic, 10506 N. Kendall Dr. Classified as an anxiety disorder, PTSD can result from the experience or witnessing of traumatic or life-threatening events such as terrorist attack, violent crime, torture, genocide, natural disaster, and military combat. Symptom clusters of PTSD include reexperiencing of the event (intrusive memories, flashbacks), emotional numbing, behavioral avoidance of trauma-related stimuli, and hyper-arousal (difficulty sleeping, irritability, being easily startled). According to the National Center for PTSD (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs), about 30 percent of the men and

women who have spent time in recent war zones experience combat-induced PTSD, a categorization of PTSD more difficult to treat than PTSD caused by other traumas. Acupuncture can be an effective addition to treatment regimens for PTSD, alleviating symptoms including insomnia, stress, anxiety, and depression. If you are a veteran, call to schedule a free acupuncture appointment at 305-5959500. AMC encourages veterans to schedule regular, free treatments on Fridays. Acupuncture and Massage College is an accredited institution, recognized as a leader in natural health education. Founded in 1983 as the Acupressure Acupuncture Institute, the college integrates the teaching of traditional Oriental healing methods with the knowledge of Western medicine science. The college offers a master’s program in Oriental Medicine and a Massage Therapy certificate program.

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