Non Profits

Tyger Tyger, Not So Burning Bright

January 29, 2022

Yvonne Lau, Mayway President

Sumatran Tiger

2022 is the Year of the Tiger, and an update on the preservation of this magnificent animal seems fitting. Yvonne Lau, President of Mayway, discusses the current status of tiger conservation with links to read more about what you can do to help preserve their numbers.

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Thanks (Giving) Back

November 22, 2021

Gratitude is what many of us feel and reflect upon this season. In that spirit, here are some east Asian medicine (EAM) organizations that we appreciate and support, and hope that you will consider supporting too. They all work in some way to promote traditional Chinese medicine, while fostering a sense of community and shared purpose.

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The Medicine of Peace: How Herbs Can Be Used to Treat Stress, Pain and Trauma

November 20, 2021

Acupuncturists Without Borders

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) works throughout the US and internationally to bring trauma-informed, integrative health care to communities impacted by disaster, violence, climate change, poverty, and social injustice. We call AWB’s work the Medicine of Peace because cultivating peaceful, healthy communities is our overarching goal. We believe that trauma is often at the basis of human suffering, and that unless trauma cycles are interrupted and resolved at the personal, familial, community and global level, this suffering will continue unabated. Trauma healing helps people feel hopeful, resilient, and empowered.

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Charlotte Maxwell Integrated Cancer Clinic

November 17, 2021

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic

Charlotte Maxwell Integrated Cancer Clinic

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic (CMC), the Oakland, CA-based nonprofit women’s clinic, is celebrating 30 years of providing free access to compassionate integrative care, including acupuncture, herbs, body work, homeopathy, guided imagery, and nutrition education, for low-income women with cancer in the San Francisco Bay Area. As the reopened clinic welcomes clients anxiously seeking 1-on-1 services in a nurturing environment, the safety of all concerned is of utmost importance. We are so excited to return and greatly appreciate your support of our mission in providing the highest opportunity for improved health outcomes and quality of life for low-income women impacted by cancer and complications from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Treating Trauma with NADA

January 11, 2021

Acupuncturists Without Borders

Nepal Acupuncturists Without Borders

As the New Year begins, we can see light in the midst of darkness. The COVID-19 pandemic will likely fade into a less virulent disaster for communities around the world, as more people gain immunity through natural exposure and immunization. The suffering has been deep, devastating and global, combined with other major stressors like systemic injustice, natural disasters, poverty, violence, human displacement and long-neglected generational trauma. It has been a very hard year. We review the NADA ear acupuncture protocol and its effect on trauma.

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Ximena's Dream - Healing at the Border

July 12, 2020

Acupuncturists Without Borders

AWB Border Treatment

AWB made its fourth service trip to Espacio in February, right before CoVid shelter-in-place regulations went into effect. Luckily, we were able to complete a NADA ear acupuncture training for 10 midwives, who are now able to treat patients every day. A new birth center for migrant women has been created, and AWB continues to supply herbs, moxa, and telemedicine training for the midwifery team until we can resume service trips with greater safety. Read about Ximena, a midwife working towards creating an integrated clinic at the border offering bio-medical services and traditional, culturally inclusive healing therapies.

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Acupuncture Relief Project: Groundbreaking Research in Nepal

September 5, 2018

Andrew Schlabach, MAcOM EAMP Director, Acupuncture Relief Project

Sep 5, 2018 7:15:33 AMRight now, little is known about the health risks and problems in rural Nepal. No one knows exactly how many cases of diabetes or hypertension are in the population because most of the cases are undiagnosed. It might be a huge problem and it might not. We don’t know. This research will be a groundbreaking model in Nepal that is actively utilizing an integrative approach to address the real health needs of it’s people.

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AWB Update: Responding to Hurricanes, Shootings and Wildfires

November 9, 2017

Acupuncturists Without Borders

AWB patientsAcupuncturists Without Borders has never been called upon to respond to so many disasters as we have this fall. Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, the shooting in Las Vegas, and the fires in California have left millions of people in the United States without homes, power, medicine, communication resources, or a semblance of safety. Many of our neighbors are traumatized and are facing long recovery periods – in their external circumstances and internally on an emotional level.

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Making a Ripple

September 16, 2015

“How can I help you?” This simple question should summarize our relationship with our patients by placing us in a role of service to our patients. Unfortunately, all too often, the question is presented more in the light of “What is the problem?”.

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Update on the Acupuncturists Without Borders Nepal Earthquake Relief Project

June 18, 2015

Due to AWB’s ongoing work in Nepal, a trauma healing “infrastructure” has been put in place, with trained practitioners already on the ground. This is a huge gift to Nepal’s recovery. AWB Nepal practitioners are deepening their skills as community organizers/healers through this disaster response.

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AWB Update: Healing Community Trauma: Empowering Acupuncturists to Transform Their Communities

March 3, 2015

Acupuncturists Without Borders

"Acupuncturists Without Borders' (AWB) vision is to help build stable, peaceful, global communities. Knowing that unresolved trauma can have repercussions for decades, we train acupuncturists to offer community style acupuncture to interrupt this cycle… Over the past ten years, AWB has learned that the best way to accomplish this mission is by training acupuncturists to provide trauma relief in their own communities.” - Diana Fried

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Update on the Global Acupuncture Project in Uganda

March 2, 2015

Richard Mandell, Lic.Ac.

In November, 2014 the Global Acupuncture Project (formerly The PanAfrican Acupuncture Project) embarked on a new initiative. Having trained over 300 health-care workers in Uganda, we began visiting our Trainees where they practice to provide ongoing support and supervision and to enrich their skills and understanding of acupuncture.

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Healthcare with Compassion

October 21, 2014

Pamela O’Malley Chang, CMCC volunteer acupuncturist

The Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic is “a place of loving kindness that opens your heart, feeds your body, heals your soul. It’s a place where everyone sustains and uplifts each other, creating a pocket of good energy that each woman takes as she leaves and spreads around.

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Women’s Healing Clinic, Project Report

August 14, 2014

Suzanne Snyder, L.Ac.

People’s lives changed at the Women’s Healing Clinic. People who were on the verge of giving up everything or going over the edge had their spirits touched, healed and lifted, leaving with new energy, hope and a desire to continue on with their life and being part of the collective struggle for positive change.

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Laughter is Good Medicine

March 11, 2014

Andrew Schlabach, MAcOM EAMP Director, Acupuncture Relief Project

Our teams regularly assist with child birth, respond to midnight emergencies, diagnose cases of cancer, parasitic infection and diabetes, and report suspected cases of polio to the World Healthcare Organization. We see our clinic as a new model in the delivery of primary healthcare in rural and developing regions.

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