Having experienced combat or other difficult military duty or experiences, active duty military servicemen and women often feel significant and debilitating physical, mental, and emotional stress. They often battle depression, anxiety, anger, post-traumatic stress (PTS), pain, addiction/substance abuse, and relationship problems. The current suicide rate among U.S. military veterans is about 22/day! Low- or no-cost community-style acupuncture treatment through the CAV project in Connecticut is an effective way to address these difficult issues, to help affected people to better cope in their day-to-day lives, to feel relief, and to recover. Treatment has been described as helping combat veterans truly “come home” to themselves.
Clients are treated in a group setting, fully clothed, in a seated position. Very thin, filament-like needles are placed in the outer ears at specific points shown over many hundreds of years to be highly-effective at treating what our U.S. military warriors experience. A treatment usually takes about five minutes for painless needle insertion, after which clients relax comfortably in a chair for 30 to 45 minutes, often experiencing a very pleasant, relaxed euphoria.
Sensei David LoPriore, is a Connecticut state Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.), senior teacher and practitioner of acupuncture, counseling, and Asian medicine with 25 years’ experience. Mr. LoPriore offers tremendous clinical experience in treating all levels of functional and behavioral stress (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual). His title “Sensei” denotes both his status as a senior practitioner of Japanese-style medicine, and also that he has taught traditional Japanese martial arts over the last 30 years. Mr. LoPriore has trained and treated many members of the U.S. Armed Forces, Special Forces, and law enforcement officers for decades, giving him a unique ability to build rapport, understand, and treat the warrior’s mind, as he works to help veterans, especially combat veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress.
Sensei LoPriore co-founded the Newtown Acupuncture Response following the shootings in Sandy Hook in 2012. He was a key organizer in the delivery of more than 800 free community-style treatments by Licensed Acupuncturists in Connecticut to the Newtown community, teachers, and family members over the four months following the tragedy there.
The treatment technique used by Sensei LoPriore is uniquely effective for the treatment of U.S. military veterans because it is uniquely suited to their needs. The auricular (ear) acupuncture technique Sensei LoPriore developed transcends and includes the National Acupuncture Detox Association five-needle protocol, and is tailored to the unique needs of today’s veterans, who are fighting pain, addiction, and substance abuse, relationship issues, anger, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and many other challenges. For those interested, he also teaches mindfulness-based meditation and other holistic wellness techniques that come from the warrior traditions he practices.
CAV- Community Acupuncture for U.S. Military Veterans and active duty personnel.
CAV-- Community Acupuncture for Veterans is a Connecticut-based non-profit (-pending) organization offering no- and low-cost acupuncture treatment to veterans and active-duty personnel of the US military.