• Presented By

    Mitch Elkiss, DO, FAAMA; David Groopman, MD, FAAMA;
    Nick Kouchis, MD, DABMA; Ali Safayan, MD


1-Hour Webcast Replay

Monday, March 29, 2021
8:00 pm EDT, 7:00 pm CDT, 5:00 pm PDT


Review the neurophysiology of extraordinary stress and the unique features of ‘Frontline Pandemic Stress’ in Healthcare Workers. We will outline a specific medical acupuncture therapy for stress mitigation which combines ‘calming and  centering’(Koffman Cocktail) with the Auricular Trauma Protocol(ATP).We will discuss the specific points used and the possible application of this therapy in the current mental health crisis which confronts us. We have combined these two therapies to create the Covid19 Rapid Destress Protocol (CRDP).


The COVID-19 Rapid De-Stress Protocol (CRDP) is a medical acupuncture treatment protocol based on the neuro-physiology of stress and PTSI (post-traumatic stress injury). It addresses the mental and emotional trauma exhibited in frontline healthcare workers and all people coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. The personal isolation from physical contact, risks of endangering family members and friends, lack of adequate hospital equipment and PPE, and watching patients die alone, are examples of the COVID-19 ‘war’. Specific benefits of this treatment protocol include decreased sympathetic nervous system tone, a marked improvement in sleep, and a decrease in agitation and anxiety due to its calming effect.

Learning objectives

At the conclusion of this webcast physician participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the Post-Traumatic Stress Injury experienced by frontline healthcare workers as we care for patients with COVID-19
  • Diagnose the symptoms & identify the neurophysiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Injury and how this can be mitigated through acupuncture
  • Identify the auricular points to be needled and rationale for the Auricular Trauma Protocol (ATP)
  • Identity the body & head points to be needled and rationale for the Calm & Centering Treatment

To Register

The fee to participate in this activity is $40/members and $70/non-members.

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Note: This presentation was originally presented live in July 2020. If you registered and paid for that presentation, you already have access to the recording and do not need to sign up for this replay. Contact info@medicalacupuncture.org if you need assistance accessing the recording.


The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The AAMA designates this activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity and can only claim credit once.