White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy
Final Report of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In March 2000, the President and Congress responded to public demand and public need by creating the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. The Commission's mandate was to develop legislative and administrative recommendations that would help public policy maximize potential benefits, to consumers and American health care, of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies - chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, herbs, and nutritional and mind-body therapies like Qigong, as well as a host of other approaches. The main goals were "...to engage Americans to participate actively in their own care; to stimulate research that will fairly test promising new and ancient approaches; to fully inform all health professionals and the people they serve about what is, and is not, known about CAM therapies; to make sure safe and reliable products are available to all Americans; to expand all Americans' options for safe and effective care; and to promote the study of approaches that may save us all money as well as enhance our health and well being."
White House Forum on Health Reform March 2009
President Obama called a non-partisan forum to discuss how to lower the costs and improve the quality and accessibility of health care. Participants strongly recommended changing the current paradigm so that prevention of illness and keeping people healthy becomes an integral part of the American health system. They noted that it is much cheaper to prevent disease than to treat it, and that public health and prevention should be interwoven into our society, including schools.
White House Forum on Health Reform Report: Short summary or Full Report.
U.S. Armed Forces
Army’s New PTSD Treatments: Yoga, Reiki, ‘Bioenergy’.
Army looking at yoga, acupuncture to treat pain. The final report of the Pain Management Task Force of The Office of the Army Surgeon General includes a recommendation for alternatives to medication, including acupuncture, acupressure, qigong, tai chi, meditation, and yoga.
SF Clinic Eases Veterans' PTSD With Acupuncture
Military deploys acupuncture to treat soldiers' concussions. CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan — The U.S. military is applying an ancient Chinese healing technique to the top modern battlefield injury for American soldiers, with results that doctors here say are "off the charts."
Two sessions of sleep-focused mind-body bridging improve self-reported symptoms of sleep and PTSD in veterans: A pilot randomized controlled trial.
Samueli Institute Center for Research on Integrative Medicine in the Military (CRIMM).
The David Lynch Foundation is working with military organizations to provide individual and group programs utilizing meditation for PTSD.
Building spiritual fitness in the Army: an innovative approach to a vital aspect of human development. This article describes the development of the spiritual fitness component of the Army's Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) program. Spirituality is defined in the human sense as the journey people take to discover and realize their essential selves and higher order aspirations.
Acupuncture Gets Military Support For Gulf War Illness Treatment - The Department of Defense has made a $1.2 million research grant to the New England School of Acupuncture (located in Newton, Massachusetts). The goal of the study is to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Illness (GWI)
Battlefield acupuncture delivers fast, alternative relief from pain.
Stress for success: Transcendental meditation will balance the PTSD brain.
Veterans learn about meditation for treating post traumatic stress. Veterans treat Post Traumatic Stress with Meditation
VA study finds loving kindness meditation reduces symptoms of PTSD and depression.
Special issue of Medical Acupuncture explores military applications of acupuncture.
PTSD? Try meditation, Tai Chi, and yoga. VA exploring alternative therapies as big wave of vets hits.
U.S. Marines Overcome PTSD with Transcendental Meditation®. A study published in Military Medicine in 2011 found that veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who practiced the TM technique experienced a 50 percent reduction in symptoms of PTSD after just eight weeks of meditating. Similar reductions were found in a study on Vietnam veterans conducted at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and published in the Journal of Counseling and Development in 1985.
Meditation and Stretching Ease PTSD Symptoms.
Alternative therapies like yoga, meditation and mindfulness training are helping to heal PTSD.
War veterans say meditation could solve PTSD Meditation might sound an unlikely activity for men trained in killing people and blowing things up in Afghanistan and Iraq, but US war veterans suggested meditation to help heal the post-war mental disturbances that afflict a growing number of American soldiers.
SYSTEMATIC REVIEW: ACUPUNCTURE FOR POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER.
Commentary and Video. Brief Vignettes of Four War Veterans Receiving Energy Psychology Treatments.
Simplified Qigong practices were proven beneficial for service members diagnosed with mild traumatic brain injury, and Qigong allowed them to control symptoms and reduce their reliance on pharmacotherapy.
Qigong at the VA. Teaching Qigong to combat veterans with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) was covered recently in Psychology Today Magazine. Veterans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are experiencing a powerful new program “Training Mindfully with Qigong Principles,TM” to manage their post-combat stress. It’s part of a new patient-centered health care initiative sponsored by the VA.
Combat Verterans Gift from World Tai Chi and Qigong Day. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day's founder is currently working with a Veterans Administration Hospital to provide copies of his acclaimed Tai Chi & Qigong DVD for free to returning veterans, in honor of his father, William Edward Douglas, Sr., who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder his entire life. If your local VA Hospital is interested in this program, have them contact BillDouglas@WorldTaiChiDay.org
Navy doctor branches out with deployment medicine. Cabrera has been practicing acupuncture alongside traditional medicine for nearly two years now. He’s sold on its effectiveness. The trick is to let the patients try it out and experience the results for themselves. Regardless of the underlying explanations, he’s seen it work firsthand.