Madison Veteran's Project is a grassroots volunteer initiative in Madison, WI that offers a free acupuncture clinic to serve veterans and their families. Local licensed acupuncturists administer this service free of charge to veterans and their families in a group setting on a weekly basis. This is a walk in clinic and no appointments or preregistration is required.
Since we opened in June 2008, our services have been used by active military members, veterans, their families, and health care providers. Here are comments we receive from participants that come for acupuncture.
"After a couple of sessions I noticed a big difference in my sleep patterns."
“Thank you for encouraging me to attend and how wonderful this would have been to help with my PTSD and depression over the years since Vietnam. But better late than never.”
“This is the deepest meditation I have ever experienced”
“Today, I have come to the clinic every week for one entire year. Thank you.”
Community Acupuncture -
Our clinic offers community-style acupuncture to provide caring, compassionate treatment in a group setting. This model of treatment allows everyone treated to experience relief from stress and trauma together. When the entire group feels calm and quiet, hope, determination and resiliency rises powerfully within it. Acupuncture treatments have a calming effect and can help those struggling with anger, hostility and frustration.
Treatments are based on the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) ear protocol which has proven to be extremely powerful in alleviating symptoms of acute stress and trauma. During treatment, people sit fully clothed in a circle of chairs, and the licensed acupuncturist places 5 tiny needles on each ear. The recipients are invited to close their eyes and rest for 30-45 minutes, as the acupuncture does its work. Group treatment creates a sense of community and commonality, and the energy of the group enhances the treatment for everyone.
Veterans are experiencing benefits such as a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. They are reporting improved mental clarity, less anxiety and a reduction in stress. Acupuncturists wtihout Borders (AWB) is now working with acupuncturists around the country who plan to open local clinics in their communities. Our clinic Madison is one of them.