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One Arrow Project Provides Acupuncture Treatments to Veterans

Athena Desai, MAOM, of Bright Eyes Healing Arts, is launching a program to provide low or no-cost acupuncture for veterans. Desai is reducing what she normally charges to sponsor acupuncture treatments for veterans in the ongoing One Arrow Project held at Harvard Square Acupuncture and Massage, in Cambridge.“It creates a community of people who support healing for themselves and others, all at once,” she says. “Our veterans from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan particularly need and deserve this care, and I hope people will refer them to the One Arrow Project.”

Desai says that holistic health care can offer many benefits to returning veterans. “Acupuncture is a great method because it can address so many issues at once, and help veterans with all the levels of integration they face when they’re back home,” she says.

A former public radio journalist, Desai reported on the effects of overseas wars here in America. “Those experiences inspired me to give back in a more direct way,” she adds. “And I’ve also always been connected to warrior culture, perhaps due to my namesake, Athena, the goddess of war and wisdom.”

Location: Harvard Square Acupuncture and Massage, 12 Arrow St., Cambridge. For more information, call 617-960-6472 or visit