Military Trains Doctors in Acupuncture
Apr 02, 2009 12:08PM
In a pilot program started in March, the military is preparing 44 U.S. Air Force, Navy and Army doctors to use acupuncture as a part of emergency care in combat and frontline hospitals. Air Force physician Col. Richard Niemtzow developed the battlefield acupuncture method in 2001; based on traditional ear acupuncture, it uses shorter needles, to fit under combat helmets.
Niemtzow says that most of his patients report a decrease in pain within minutes. Acupuncture treatment also allows troops to reduce narcotics prescribed for pain, giving physicians a more accurate assessment of any underlying brain injury. Plus, according to Col. Arnyce Pock, medical director for the Air Force Medical Corps, acupuncture’s pain relief avoids traditional painkillers’ side effects.
Source: Military.com, 2009