Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Acupuncture Ambassadors Think Tank and other plans.

I know it has been a while since I posted but I wanted to let you all know that I have been working on an update and will be posting it very soon.

I do want to say that I want to thank all who have been participating in the development of the Acupuncture Ambassadors Travel Television series. All is moving along quite nicely and the excitement is growing everyday. Will keep you posted as to our progress.

We are working on a number of new features for our website, ones that we believe can help us move forward with our mission of “integrating our medicine into global healthcare”. One of the very exciting features we are working on is the “Ambassador Think Tank”. It will be for discussing the “big ideas”, the sometime obvious and sometimes not so obvious potential of our medicine. It will begin in the form of discussions but I would like to take it to another level. If a “big idea” becomes developed through our discussions, we will form a plan to move the idea forward, first in our community and then out into the mainstream. The world is so quickly changing and we don’t have the luxury of time anymore. Thinking small doesn’t cut it.

Besides our new service of promoting and posting the workings and volunteer opportunities of many our partner organizations of Humanitarian Acupuncture, we will also be featuring some individual colleagues who are doing some extraordinary things in and outside the treatment room.

I am so fortunate that working in an organization like Acupuncture Ambassadors gives me the opportunity to connect directly with so many of you. I am so impressed by the caliber and quality of our members. We are a community of thinkers and doers: intelligent, caring, passionate and compassionate people who say what they mean and don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Wow! It is so inspirational to be around such individuals like yourselves.

So stay tuned.
Best regards,

Anthony Giovanniello, Ms.Ac., L.Ac

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A look back at 2011 and moving forward to 2012

Hello all,
I hope this finds you well. We wish to thank you for your ongoing support these past years. We are so grateful for all your generosity and welcome future contributions. As you know Acupuncture Ambassadors is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organizations and all donations are tax deductible. You may donate this week and get the deduction for your 2011 tax return.

Our 2011 missions started off in March where my colleague and Director of Field Operations Adam French and me traveled to Nepal. It seems that Nepal is evolving into our Asian base of operations. It makes lots of sense as the country needs what our medicine can offer and the people and institutions are very open to us.

We worked with the Kathmandu based Acupuncture Association’s Hata Sensei, Dr. Bishal Shrestha and a number of accomplished local acupuncturists to treat at a 6 day free clinic. We were able to give almost 900 treatments to a very needy population.

We wish to thanks Hata Sensei for her incredible hospitality during our stay. She is a force for the medicine of acupuncture in Nepal. Her story is an incredible journey from Japan almost 20 years ago to creating an acupuncture school and a moxa factory serving and employing so many in this country. She treated us to a fantastic dinner at a French restaurant just outside of Kathmandu run by Japanese. She also prepared an amazing Bento Box lunch for us at the moxa factory. It had been some time since I was in Japan and her meal reminded me of what “real” home cooked Japanese food tasted like. Arigato Gozaimas Sensei!

We were also invited to present acupuncture for detox at Maya Nepal and Volunteer Home. These are two organizations working together to help so many drug addicts suffering in Kathmandu. We were very touched by the warm welcome by the patients and directors. It was a very successful day of treatments and education on the use of acupuncture for addictions and emotional issues.

We also presented a lecture and demonstration on “Acupuncture and Emotional Health” at a local Medical College. The doctors, nurses and medical students were eager to know more about our work and plans for future training programs and in discussion for 2012.

Adam and I have started the process of receiving our official license / registration to practice acupuncture in Nepal.

Upon our return we were able to start development on a project that has been brewing for quite some time. In the last few years Acupuncture Ambassadors has been pitching a television series proposal to a number of production companies. We have begun a partnership with two television producers in New York to create a documentary style-travel TV series based on the important work of the numerous Humanitarian Acupuncture groups and volunteers worldwide. The working title is: Point to Point: On the road with Modern Barefoot Doctors. It is our hope that this series will help mainstream the medicine of Acupuncture worldwide. We have 2 well known acupuncturists as hosts in consideration. We are currently looking for co-hosts to be an additional "face" of the series. If you are or know of an acupuncturist (western medical training a plus i.e. psychology, psychiatry, nursing, physicians assistant, wholistic MD, D.O., EMT, etc.) please write us at: and attach a CV with a photograph. I would also be glad to send a copy of the TV treatment of this series.

In late May we were honored to connect with a distinguished New York Hospital who has developed a program to work with the local refugee population especially those members who have experienced the devastating effects of being tortured in their home country. There are over 90,000 refugees that call New York their new home. So many of them suffer from the physical and emotional scars of their torture. At this time we are working with this organization to add acupuncture treatments to their amazing services. We will keep you posted on our progress.

Just returned from a three-week trip to Nepal in October. As usual it was an amazing experience! I arrived in Kathmandu on October 2nd and was able to meet with Sylvia Kohn acupuncturist of the German Humanitarian Acupuncture group TCM Social Forum. They have been doing some incredible work in Nepal and Laos over the past few years. Sylvia and I have begun to form a strategic partnership with other fantastic groups to try and bring together as many Humanitarian groups to share our experiences, knowledge and resources to unite in mainstreaming Acupuncture into Global Healthcare. We have been working on attaching a Humanitarian Acupuncture forum to existing Chinese medicine symposiums being held in 2012. We will keep you posted as to our progress over the next few months.

We have recently started an online forum for those interested in Humanitarian Acupuncture on a terrific website: The forum is called Humanitarian Asian Medicine Community. You can join the site and the community by joining up on the Mediyak site. There are also a number of projects, links and discussions about this work on our newly launched website:

While in Nepal we had the wonderful opportunity to work with Soraj Khanal, the Nepal director of a NGO called Service for Peace. They run two fantastic children’s homes in Nepal. The children are orphans and displaced families who are victims of the cival war that Nepal suffered in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. The beauty of these homes is that the children are from both sides of the conflict and living together peacefully. Amazing work.

Soraj invited us to work in a remote area of Nepal called the Terai. ( It is quite a poor and remote place and deficient in the way of healthcare in this area of Nepal. When we showed up, needles in hand, patients just came from many miles around. I joked with Soraj that in New York my patients come to my office by taxi and subway. In the Terai they come by wagon pulled by water buffalo.

My wonderful assistant Anjali Tamang, incredible local volunteers and I performed 370 treatments in 4 days. Overwhelming and at the same time incredible humbling and rewarding.

The Terai is also an area where their years long civil war started. There is still much reconciliation to be done there and we are looking at how the protocols of acupuncture could help in opening peoples minds and hearts to be forgiving and compassionate. We are calling the initiative "Acupuncture for Peace". We are exploring issues of reconciliation with psychologists and acupuncturists to develop a pilot program for this area and then move it to other places in the world.

When we got back to Kathmandu we had the tremendous opportunity to visit some hospitals in the Bhaktipur area of the Kathmandu Valley. Our friend and great supporter of acupuncture orthopedic surgeon Pradip Sapkota was our guide. In Bhaktipur we had a meeting with a teaching hospital and college of Health Science about adding an acupuncture course of study. The meeting was very positive and we are working on a proposal for this venture.

We also had the honor to visit Patan Hospital and observe and treat patients in the leprosy clinic. Although Leprosy is a curable disease so many in Nepal came to have treatment too late. They have had limbs and facial features distorted by this devastating disease. Dr. Sapkota has been doing amazing work to help with reconstructive surgery to bring more function for everyday activities for these patients. Heartbreaking and moving we saw patients in all states of the disease. The hospital was very open to having acupuncture therapy in the future.

We also met with a Nepali medical officer who is involved in research in the public health area. TB is still a huge issue where by statistical data some areas have 80% of their population effected by TB. Our friend and colleague Merlin Young of Moxa Africa ( is working on Phase II of a study to use moxa to treat TB and Drug Resistant TB. We are working very hard to support his efforts. With this local medical officer we are trying to introduce this therapy in Nepal. Please go to the Moxa Africa website and support this important effort.

We also met with an incredible hospital and College for Health Sciences in Bhaktipur (just outside of Kathmandu) to discuss the possibility of creating and acupuncture training program for their graduates. They were so enthusiastic about the possibilities of having acupuncture training to their curriculum. We have sent them a proposal that includes the potential establishment of a three year masters degree acupuncture program within their college. I look forward to working with them on bringing a world-class program to this first rate medical center.

We plan to continue our efforts to build our profile in Nepal and introduce as many programs to this wonderful country. We are also getting invitations every week to working in many countries like Jordan, Columbia , Venezuela, India, Ghana and the New Republic of Sudan.

Unfortunately our planned trip to Amman, Jordan has been postponed due to lack of funding but we are committed to making this happen in 2012.

We have just connected to a new strategic partner in Jeffery Goodman, L.Ac. and his amazing work in the deeper understanding of the medicine of acupuncture. Please check out his website:

Now that we are back in the States we are working harder than ever to help integrate the medicine of Acupuncture into Global Healthcare.

As always I thank you for your ongoing support.

Best to you,

Anthony M. Giovanniello, MS.Ac.,L.Ac.
Founder and Executive Director
Acupuncture Ambassadors

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Support Acupuncture Ambassadors in the NYC Marathon

Ben Katz is running for Acupuncture Ambassadors in the NYC Marathon on November 6th

This is Ben’s first time running the big race and we invite you to join us in encouraging, cheering on and celebrating our newest Ambassador.

Ben is running to help support us in reaching our goal of raising $5,000 towards the establishment of a permanent training facility in Nepal.

He is pushing himself to a new physical extreme for us so we can extend our own physical boundaries and take one more step towards fulfilling our mission of integrating the medicine of acupuncture into global healthcare.

Track Ben on race day on the ING website. We will post his badge # as soon as we get it.

Run Ben Run!
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Thursday, September 8, 2011

New Website Launch

Going Live September 10, 2011

Thanks so much to our fantastic team at Organic Communications and Guarino Designs

Latest News

A Collaboration of the Humanitarian Acupuncture groups Barefoot Acupuncturists, Acupuncture Ambassadors and TCM Social Forum has led to the formation of a Humanitarian Asian Medicine Community Forum: Promoting Humanitarian and Volunteer work in the Asian medicine community. Please join the conversation at one of our strategic partners site:

There are so many opportunities for the medicine of Acupuncture to be integrated into the global healthcare system. Especially in the treatment of Anxiety, depression and PTSD.

Doctors Battle Psychological Trauma in Dadaab Refugee Camps


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: and Jo can be contacted by email

Social Justice, Medical Aid, and Acupuncture. Part 1: Voluntourism
Collaboration, Musing, Research Aug, 2011
Beth Griffing, an almost-Acupuncturist, Researcher and Adventurer will be taking a four month trip to learn about traditional Thai and Chinese medicine in Thailand next year, 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.

Friday, March 25, 2011

An Announcement from Acupuncture Ambassadors

As a prelude to the launching of our new website, the inclusion of some very important advisors and partners and plans for some exciting and challenging new mission sites, I have just posted a re-vamped mission statement. In a way this is a new beginning for Acupuncture Ambassadors as we move into a higher level of organizational structure, partnerships with world class humanitarian foundations, organizations and individuals and re-dedication of service to humanity. Thank you.

Anthony Giovanniello, MS.Ac., L.Ac
Founder / Executive Director
Acupuncture Ambassadors

Acupuncture Ambassadors

Mission Statement

Integrating the Medicine of Acupuncture into Global Healthcare

Our mission is to organize sustainable Acupuncture treatment clinics and training programs worldwide to care for refugees, victims of violence, war, international conflict and the poor.

In a war-torn world there are countless victims: refugees, sufferers of torture and human trafficking and the desperately poor. Many whose life trauma have led to a medical diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the many related, stress caused maladies. In developing countries with limited or non-existent healthcare these individuals have little or no hope for relief. Their illness affects their ability to learn, work, enjoy life and contribute to their family, community, country and our world.

For centuries acupuncture has been used as an effective, economical and versatile treatment protocol for so many health issues including PTSD and its devastating symptoms such as digestive issues, chronic pain, respiratory, cardiac and nervous disorders and depression. Our Acupuncture Ambassadors are dedicated to sharing their knowledge of this ancient medicine with those in need by treating patients, setting up sustainable clinics and schools to train personnel charged with their care. We serve communities independently and partner with existing humanitarian projects that are interested in adopting an integrated approach to global healthcare.

We believe that global change begins with personal transformation and our goal is to support global healing by mainstreaming humanitarian acupuncture and contributing to the health and productivity of individuals worldwide, one point at a time.

Anthony M. Giovanniello, MS. Ac., L.Ac.
Founder and Executive Director