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NUHS "At Ease" Clinic Offers Veterans with PTSD Free Acupuncture Care

National University of Health Sciences has opened a special clinic as part of its NUHS Whole Health Center in Lombard. The "At Ease" clinic will treat combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with acupuncture and more. Veterans seeking relief from PTSD are encouraged to call for an appointment.

Dr. Frank Yurasek, assistant dean for acupuncture and oriental medicine at NUHS says, "There are more veterans who are surviving battlefield injuries due to improvements in traumatic injury care, and more veterans who have been through more tour of duties during recent conflicts. That's why we are seeing such an increase in PTSD."

PTSD can occur after any life-threatening, terrifying or traumatic event, and can include symptoms such as:

  • Flashbacks-reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams and frightening thoughts
  • Feeling emotionally numb or feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
  • Being easily startled or feeling tense or "on edge"
  • Difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts NUHS

Certain acupuncture protocols have proved to be very effective in reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans. We can offer them real help in healing the psychological and physical trauma so that they can transition back into a more peaceful and satisfying life."

Vets visiting the NUHS clinic receive acupuncture using the NADA protocol. This system uses small pellets or needles in key points on the ear. Additionally, vets can receive instruction in simple Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements for deep relaxation and a way to deal with stress. Veterans with chronic pain from injuries are given "take-home therapy" in the form of acupressure micro-points they can stimulate for quick pain relief, as well as eye-movement therapy they can use at home to re-program traumatic memories.

Also, by incorporating the "At Ease" veterans clinic into the clinical program at NUHS, interns studying for their masters degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine receive first-hand training in the protocols and have an opportunity to work with the veterans. Dr. Yurasek hopes that this will encourage his students to provide similar service to their communities after they graduate.

"I understand how devastating PTSD can be. I have a family member who took his own life from lack of care following his return from serving in the Pacific in World War II. One of the main issues of returning vets is drug and alcohol abuse. I have used the NADA protocol to treat over 20,000 drug and alcohol abusers and violent offenders in my work for 15 years with Northern Illinois Council on Alcohol and Substance Abuse and I know from experience that this is an effective form of treatment for our underserved veterans."

For more information on the "At Ease" clinic, or to make an appointment for PTSD treatment, call 630-629-9664. The "At Ease" clinic hours are on Thursdays from 8:00 am - Noon, and the clinic is located at 200 E. Roosevelt Rd., Bldg. B, in Lombard.

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