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Acupuncture Administered by U.S. Military Physicians Growing for a Variety of Medical Conditions
New Rochelle, NY, May 12, 2011-The U.S. military is increasingly using acupuncture as a complementary therapy to help alleviate the debilitating effects of mild traumatic brain injury. Colonel (Ret.) Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of Medical Acupuncture, a peer-reviewed journal and the official journal of American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, has been at the forefront of efforts to adopt battlefield acupuncture and has demonstrated its effectiveness in pain control. The Journal is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
The Wall Street Journal recently featured an article on the growing success of medical acupuncture to treat mild cases of traumatic brain injury, one of the most common types of injuries affecting U.S. wounded warriors. The article describes the Navy's use of acupuncture-inserting needles at key targets in the head, ears, hands, and feet-to relieve symptoms such as sleeplessness, memory problems, anxiety, headache, and irritability that often follow an injury to the brain.
"The expanded use of acupuncture on the battlefield is being met with enthusiasm from physicians and patients because it works," says Dr. Niemtzow, Colonel (Ret), U.S. Air Force, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (Bethesda, MD) and Director of the USAF Acupuncture Center, Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. "Acupuncture may be used as a primary modality or as an adjunct to Western medicine. In either case, it is changing the face of military medicine as a force multiplier."
Medical Acupuncture is an authoritative peer-reviewed journal published quarterly in print and online that presents evidence-based clinical papers, case reports, and research findings that integrate concepts from traditional and modern forms of acupuncture with Western medical training. Tables of contents and a free sample issue may be viewed online.
The opinions and assertions contained herein are the private views of Colonel (Ret) Richard C. Niemtzow and are not to be construed as official or as reflecting the views of the Department of Defense.