Acupuncture Is Being Used To Advantage Among Military Doctors In Afghanistan

I am always so gratified when more and more people begin to understand and use acupuncture.  Here is an article that describes the way the military is using acupuncture treatments for minor traumatic head injuries.  This is particularly smart because it means that soldiers with head injuries can be treated without introducing unnecessary chemicals into their systems.

From The Wall Street Journal ( ~ Can Needles Soothe Wounded Warriors? “Military doctors in Afghanistan are using acupuncture to treat brain injuries, with promising results”

“In a bit of battlefield improvisation, the Navy is experimenting with acupuncture and soothing atmospherics to treat Marines suffering from mild cases of traumatic brain injury, commonly called concussions—the most prevalent wound of the Afghan war.

After hitting on the idea in late November, Cmdr. Keith Stuessi used acupuncture, along with the music and lights, to treat more than 20 patients suffering from mild brain injuries. All but two or three saw marked improvements, including easier sleep, reduced anxiety and fewer headaches, he says. Cmdr. Earl Frantz, who replaced Cmdr. Stuessi at Camp Leatherneck last month, has taken charge of the acupuncture project and treated 28 more concussion patients.

“I think a couple years down the road, this will be standard care,” predicts Cmdr. Stuessi, a sports-medicine specialist turned acupuncture acolyte. “At some point you have to drink the Kool-Aid, and I have drunk the Kool-Aid.””

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