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The Healing Power of Acupuncture for Veterans


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As an acupuncturist specializing in treating pain, I am passionate about providing effective and holistic care to individuals facing various health challenges. One group that holds a special place in my heart is our nation's veterans, who have selflessly served our country. In this blog, I want to shed light on the government's support of acupuncture as a preferred treatment for VA clients and the positive impact it can have on their well-being.

The Healing Power of Acupuncture for Veterans

For many veterans, returning to civilian life can bring a host of physical and mental health concerns. Common issues they may encounter include chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. While traditional medical treatments can be effective, they often come with the risk of side effects or may not provide the comprehensive relief that veterans seek.

Acupuncture, an ancient healing practice rooted in traditional Chinese medicine, has gained recognition and acceptance in modern healthcare systems worldwide. The practice involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body to stimulate energy flow and restore balance. While it may seem unconventional to some, numerous studies and real-life experiences demonstrate that acupuncture can significantly improve the lives of veterans.

Government Endorsement of Acupuncture

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recognized the potential benefits of acupuncture and has taken steps to incorporate it into their healthcare services. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) actively supports and endorses acupuncture as a preferred treatment option for veterans. This is an essential step forward in providing veterans with more comprehensive and non-invasive treatment choices.

Research Backing Acupuncture for Veterans

Studies have shown that acupuncture can effectively reduce chronic pain, which is a common issue among veterans, particularly those who have served in physically demanding roles. By targeting specific acupuncture points, this therapy helps release natural pain-relieving endorphins and reduces inflammation.

Furthermore, acupuncture has shown promise in alleviating the symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, and depression. The practice can have a calming effect on the nervous system, promoting relaxation and reducing the debilitating symptoms associated with these conditions.

Personal Success Stories

As an acupuncturist, I have had the privilege of working with veterans and witnessing the transformative effects of acupuncture on their lives. One of my patients, a retired serviceman, suffered from chronic back pain for years after his service. Through a tailored acupuncture treatment plan, he experienced a significant reduction in pain and an overall improvement in his quality of life. Another veteran I treated had been battling sleep issues since returning home. After a few acupuncture sessions, he reported more restful nights and increased energy during the day.

Accessibility of Acupuncture Services

The VA has made efforts to increase accessibility to acupuncture services for veterans. Acupuncture is now offered in certain VA facilities and may be covered by VA health benefits, making it more accessible to those seeking alternative and complementary therapies.

The Road to Healing

To all veterans seeking relief from physical or emotional pain, I encourage you to explore the healing potential of acupuncture. If you are a veteran experiencing chronic pain, PTSD, anxiety, depression, or sleep disturbances, consider discussing acupuncture with your healthcare provider or reaching out to a qualified acupuncturist.

Remember that you are not alone on your healing journey, and there are resources available to support you. The government's endorsement of acupuncture for veterans is a testament to the commitment to your well-being and the recognition of holistic and integrative approaches to healthcare.

At Mind Body Shen in Lenexa, I am dedicated to providing compassionate care and personalized treatment plans to address your unique needs. Together, we can work towards restoring your health and enhancing your overall well-being.

As a nation, let us honor and support our veterans by providing them with the best possible care and opportunities for healing. Acupuncture is just one of the many ways we can give back to those who have sacrificed so much for our country.


If you or a veteran you know could benefit from acupuncture services, please don't hesitate to contact us at (913) 349-7436. Let us join you on your journey to health and wellness.

Remember, there is hope, and healing is within reach.

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