From Disaster Relief to Long Term Social Development
Acupuncture as Bare-Foot
Means ``feet`` on the ground, that people on the ground in a given place are able to offer care for the people in that community.
We mobilize assistance in the aftermath of disasters to assist with trauma and stress management, and to support the local efforts of first responders. We offer safe and evidence-informed clinical services for migrants, refugees, the homeless, survivors and their families. Our teams can set up a clinic anywhere people can sit.
We show community health workers how to create safe spaces for people seeking refuge or support for health problems. Our students observe us offering direct care while they apprentice to apply basic community acupuncture techniques, like the NADA protocol, distal Tan style acupuncture, and the Miriam Lee Protocol.
Community Acupuncture Clinics
We offer acupuncture in a group setting, which is traditionally how acupuncture has been practiced in Asia. This model allows us to make acupuncture accessible and affordable to underserved groups, through donation only or sliding scale payments. Community acupuncture is also easily integrated into hospital settings. Treatments are offered in comfortable recliners. We do not ask people to disrobe. In addition to ear acupuncture, community acupuncture primarily uses points in the head, hands and feet, known as distal style acupuncture.
El Paso Shooting Response by the Barefoot Acupuncture Movement