The NUHS Whole Health Center - Lombard offers free acupuncture care for combat veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The "At Ease" clinic uses a special protocol which is effective in reducing the symptoms of PTSD. Any 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:
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.
The "At Ease" clinic hours are Tuesdays, 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the NUHS Whole Health Center-Lombard, and new patients are scheduled by appointment. For more information, or if you are a veteran who would like to make an appointment for PTSD treatment, call 630-629-9664.