Anna Kelly had just completed a year working in the Wounded Warriors program at Walter Reed hospital when we recorded this show. There she used acupuncture to treat veterans for PTSD, trauma brain injury and other chronic conditions that soldiers face after being injured in the line of duty.

As with so many complex and difficult conditions, there is no simple cure for PTSD, as trauma of this sort entangles its way into so many aspects of a person’s life. While we do discuss the role of acupuncture in aiding with the recovery from PTSD, this conversation touches on a range of therapies and modalities that not only help those suffering from this stifling condition, but also are helpful for a wide range of chronic issues that get stuck in our physical and psycho-emotive systems.

Listen in as we explore how transformation is an integral part of healing a shattered life.

Show Highlights:
2:55 A doctor’s eye view of the difference between acupuncture and conventional pain medication therapy.
6:12 All patients, not just those with PTSD are looking from relief from angst.
7:37 The Eastern model of medicine looks at a person as an ecosystem.
9:18 The military is far ahead of the curve in embracing alternative treatment methods.
15:11 Acupuncture turns on the internal pharmacy.
19:51 Considering the proper use of the Will.
23:21 Consciousness is not an artifact of the brain.
48:24 Suggestions for integrated care around PTSD.
52:55 What patients are saying about acupuncture.


Anna C. Kelly, M.D. is a 1989 graduate of Emory University School of Medicine, where she also completed four years of residency training in anesthesiology. Additionally, she is a graduate of the “Medical Acupuncture for Physicians” program through UCLA. And is the only physician in Georgia to become a licensed acupuncturist (L. Ac.) after completing a five year TCM apprenticeship and passing the  national NCCAOM exam.

Dr. Kelly is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Medical Acupuncture, and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  She was the founding President of the Georgia Association of Medical Acupuncturists and is licensed to practice medicine and acupuncture in Georgia and South Carolina.

From June 2016 through June 2017, she served as an Integrative Medicine Physician for the Warrior Clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Kelly is currently a fellow in the Division of Addiction Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

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