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  1. CAM at the WRIISCs Jeanette E. Akhter, M.D., M.Ac Complementary and Alternative Medicine Fellow WRIISC DC

  2. Palo Alto-YOGA Louise Mahoney • Three classes • One for women only.  • One is chair yoga for Veterans in the VA MOVE program • 3rd class is a mixed gender mat class

  3. Growing Demand • Class size increasing • A few Veterans come 3 times/week; willing to drive long distances • Feedback from participating Veterans: helpful for PTSD

  4. Challenges • Space • Personnel / Time

  5. East Orange, NJ • Research project within WRIISC • Planning Qigong for Veterans and probably also for staff (held up by credentialing of practitioner)

  6. Additional CAM Activities • Acupuncture • Biofeedback • Meditation • Therapeutic touch • Aromatherapy • Yoga

  7. Washington, DC • Within WRIISC • Acupuncture: individual full body treatments and group ear acupuncture • Zero Balancing- body work to balance energy flow between bones, joints and soft tissues

  8. Within WRIISC • Yoga Nidra –guided meditation practice promotes improved psychological, physical and spiritual wellbeing • Labyrinth: (experience this yourself !!) • Research: “Effect of Group Ear Acupuncture on Insomnia in OIF/OEF Veterans with PTSD”

  9. Additional CAM Practices • Biofeedback • Qigong, Tai Chi • Services for Staff (via Planetree) • Ear acupuncture • Body acupressure • Massage • Reiki

  10. Development of our Integrative Health Center • Coordination of all CAM activities • Increasing availability of CAM services to Veterans and Staff

  11. Challenges • Increasing demand – what a wonderful “problem”! • Personnel / time • Credentialing • Funding • Space