What is Humanitarian Acupuncture
Acupuncture Ambassadors is always looking for those in our community who are exploring the rising movement of “Humanitarian Acupuncture”. Here are two outstanding thinkers in our field:
In her 2009 dissertation “Acupuncture in Humanitarian Work” Joanna Bond, then an acupuncture student from the United Kingdom, talked about the volumes of information about mainstream humanitarian organizations. She states: “Humanitarian Aid and Development are areas that have been widely researched with much discussion of politics, ethics and efficiency of organizations, movements and trends. Less well known is the part that Acupuncture plays in humanitarian efforts-this is an area that has not had great deal of attention from either researchers or the media and there is a complete lack of explorative, or analytical work to look at the spread and growth of this work, the reasons why and how it emerges, who is doing it and with what success. There also appears to be no opportunities for shared learning for theses organizations and charities using Acupuncture for humanitarian means, such as a website where information can be posted and a forum for discussions, and no publications dedicated to looking at this kind of humanitarian work.” The full text of this dissertation is available on Jo’s website: www.acupuncturewithjo.co.uk and Jo can be contacted by email email@example.com
Social Justice, Medical Aid, and Acupuncture. Part 1: Voluntourism
Collaboration, Musing, Research Aug, 2011
Beth Griffing, an Acupuncturist, Researcher and Adventurer will be taking a four month trip to learn about traditional Thai and Chinese medicine in Thailand in 2012, and has been pondering the significance of medical volunteer work abroad. What is the goal of medical service in other countries? Why do we volunteer in other areas when there are certainly people in need of free medical services in our own countries, states, cities and communities? It can seem like the flight of fancy of a privileged class of practitioners, or an extension of the colonial or missionary mindset, but on the ground what does it offer to the travelers and to the communities they work with?
See Beth’s interesting and thoughtful analysis of Medical Aid in general and the growing movement of Acupuncture in Humanitarian Aid can be a double edged sword in global health.