What is Battlefield Acupuncture?

Dr. Daniel Hsu, DAOM
Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Battlefield Acupuncture involves placing a  few tiny semi-permanent ear studs into the skin of the ear. Within minutes, the sensation of pain is greatly reduced.

Air Force Colonel Dr. Richard Niemtzow introduced Battlefield Acupuncture to the United States military in 2001. Traditional Chinese acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain among soldiers as well as civilians in China. Today, many of the 50 active United States military doctors who practice acupuncture are learning that this very effective modality helps reduce the amount of narcotics soldiers take.

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a technique using very thin needles, which are strategically inserted in certain parts of your body. The theory is founded on balancing the flow of energy (qi or chi) through pathways (meridians) in your body. Practitioners believe that by restoring the energy flow, a re-balancing and restoration of harmony will be restored to your body. Western medicine is becoming more and more open to this ancient practice, and over the past several decades, acupuncture has been looked upon as a favorable alternative to treating many conditions.

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