On May 25th, 2018 by Acus Admin

Making Warriors Well

On this Memorial Day Weekend, honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's military by giving to Acus Foundation.


Veterans relieved of pain and stress without drugs.


Doctors inspired by seeing their patients get better.


Millions of dollars saved in medical costs.


Well-being among all members of our military community.


Acus Foundation works to make all of this possible.

We bring life-changing medical acupuncture to our nation's service members and veterans. We train the doctors who treat the pain.

Give today and your donation will provide valuable acupuncture training to the military health care providers who are on the frontlines of pain and stress.

Your gift to Acus Foundation will honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's military this Memorial Day.

Thank you, and join us in making warriors well.

On April 3rd, 2018 by Acus Admin

Vision into Action

Helms at Nellis AFB 2016

In 2007, seven years before Acus Foundation was established, Founder and President Joseph M. Helms, MD presciently wrote this in the conclusion of his book, Getting to Know You: A Physician Explains How Acupuncture Helps You Be the Best YOU. Talk about putting vision into action!

"Acupuncture is an ideal primary approach for many of the medical problems that arise daily on military bases, such as musculoskeletal trauma, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal disturbances, and headaches … I would create a training program in medical acupuncture exclusively for military physicians, so that all bases and military medical environments were generously staffed with qualified physician acupuncturists. Because of the constant turnover of military personnel in all service branches, a pan-military training program is necessary to continually refresh the physician population with new acupuncturists."

On March 26th, 2018 by Acus Admin

Acus Research Spotlight: New medical acupuncture study hot off the presses

JABMFA CoverWe are thrilled to announce the publication of a new peer-reviewed article by the Acus research team in The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. The article, "Critical Factors to Practicing Medical Acupuncture in Family Medicine: Patient and Physician Perspectives" was co-authored by Christy J.W. Ledford, PhD; Carla Fisher, PhD; David A. Moss, MD; and Col. Paul Crawford, MD. The research team gathered data in 2016 and 2017 through patient interviews and surveys at the Family Medicine Residency Clinic of Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Read the full article here!


Introduction: Although an increasing number of physicians are completing medical acupuncture training, only half of those physicians are able to successfully incorporate acupuncture into practice. We conducted a qualitative study to identify the factors and barriers that can enhance and impede physicians' delivery of and patients' engagement in medical acupuncture within the family medicine clinic.

Methods: We conducted interviews with 15 family physicians and 17 patients in a US family medicine clinic that has integrated medical acupuncture into its practice. Audio recordings were transcribed and analyzed by 2 members of the study team in ATLAS.ti, using the constant comparative method.

Results: We identified 3 physician themes of factors/barriers that impact delivery/engagement: 1) patients' aversion to needles, 2) time challenges, and 3) access to resources. We identified 3 additional themes from patient interviews: 1) appointment access; 2) wanting noninvasive, no side effects alternative; and 3) openness to anything.

Discussion: The factors and barriers reported by physicians/patients help illustrate conditions needed to enhance physicians' ability to provide acupuncture and patients' willingness to engage and sustain it. Participants' experiences help to illustrate strategic approaches to managing these barriers—strategies that can be used by other individuals/institutions to enhance care delivery and patient engagement.


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