ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE – Using ancient Chinese medical techniques, a small team of military doctors here has begun treating wounded troops suffering from severe or chronic pain with acupuncture.
The technique is proving so successful that the Air Force will begin teaching “battlefield acupuncture” early next year to physicians deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, senior officials will announce tomorrow.
The initiative marks the first high-level endorsement of acupuncture by the traditionally conservative military medical community, officials said.
Source: The Baltimore Sun, Dec. 11, 2008
This article was brought to my attention by a fellow student of mine and I hope you find it as interesting as I did! This topic is just another example of how Acupuncture is gaining notoriety in the field of health.
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For more information on ‘battlefield’ acupuncture, here is a link to another article posted on Military.com back in March, which also talks about the institution of a limited form of acupuncture that can be used out in the field.