Two local acupuncturists are offering free services to active duty military, veterans and their families.

I just talked to licensed acupuncturist Carol Penno, who founded the weekly treatments in June. She, along with Diane McCarty, another local licensed acupuncturist, provide a simple five-point ear acupuncture protocol for patients.

“The ear is a microcosm of the whole body, like in reflexology,” Penno said. “Parts in the ear correspond to parts of the body. It helps balance the mind and body with the five points.”

Treatments can induce a relaxation response, stimulate endorphins and potentially provide relief from pain, she said. It is an accumulative process, so people are encouraged to come weekly.

Look for a longer Live Well column on this topic later in the month.

It’s from 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, VFW No. 101, 702 S. Tejon St.; 330-8788,