Welcome to the Bangor Veterans Acupuncture Project (BVAP), a non-profit 501(c)3 acupuncture clinic open to veterans of any war, active duty military, first responders and their family members, to alleviate physical and emotional stress. BVAP services are free. Donations towards the running of the clinic are accepted but not expected.
Veterans report experiencing after acupuncture such benefits as a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. Other reported benefits include: improved mental clarity, less anxiety and a reduction in stress.
Dating back some 3,000 years, acupuncture is one of the world’s oldest systems of medicine. Acupuncture works by manipulating and balancing energy (Qi) that flows through pathways called meridians. This is done by gently inserting hair-fine, sterile and disposable needles into specific points in the body. According to a World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture can be used effectively for a variety of ailments.
The flow of Qi in the body can be disrupted by a host of factors including illness, traumatic injury, lifestyle or stressful events. This disruption of Qi can manifest as disease, physically (pain) and/or emotionally (depression, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, etc.). If this sounds unfamiliar and strange, don’t worry. You don't have to understand or believe in the existence of Qi or meridians for acupuncture to work.
Acupuncture is simple, gentle and safe. It is a process and works cumulatively. The more frequently you come for a treatment, the better the results and the longer lasting the effects. Acupuncture is not habit-forming and can be used in conjunction with any other form of treatment or medication.