Arizona acupuncture school offered free stress treatment

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine offered some mental relief from the Tucson shootings.  It hosted free walk-in trauma and stress recovery treatments Monday.

Volunteers performed 45-minute community style acupuncture treatments by inserting five one time use needles in each person's outer ear.

"Often the nervous systems gets stuck in a state of fight or flight and its difficult for them to sleep or think.  The acupuncture treatment is like pressing the reset button for the nervous system that allows them to calm down and de-stress," said Melanie Rubin from Acupuncturists Without Borders.

People who are treated typically feel a tiny pinch when the needles go in.  That quickly gives way to a feeling of deep relaxation.