San Diego, CA – Pacific College of Oriental Medicine will offer free acupuncture and massage for relaxation and stress relief to local law enforcement officers, firefighters, military personnel and their families, as part of a celebration of North American Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day Saturday, October 23rd, from 10-4pm. This exclusive event, called “A Hero’s Service Day,” is designed to inform and give back to the men and women who selflessly give to the community throughout the year. The festivities at the San Diego campus will also include:
- stress management workshops with Qi Gong, acupressure, and nutrition
- demonstrations on cupping, guasha, herbs, and acupuncture
- complimentary lunch sponsored by Applebee’s
- live music featuring the band, Rock of Ages
- kids activities such as face painting and seed planting
The use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in the U.S. military and other civil service sectors is gaining nationwide acceptance. In 2009, The US Air Force launched a program to train doctors in taking acupuncture into the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. Forty-four Air Force, Navy and Army physicians went prepared to use acupuncture as part of their emergency care in combat and frontline hospitals. Acupuncture has also been introduced to Law Enforcement, and through organizations like Friends of Firefighters, providing acupuncture services ranging from acute and chronic pain to stress and trauma treatments.
Celebratory and educational events like the one at Pacific College’s San Diego campus, will take place near October 24th throughout the nation, marking the eighth annual observance of North American Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day, which was conceived by the National Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as part of a national campaign to educate the public about the benefits, progress, and promise of acupuncture and Asian healing.
For more information about National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day celebrations, or Pacific College’s Programs please call (619) 574-6909.