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Acupuncture Gaining Acceptance for Treating Chronic Pain Conditions; Medical Acupuncturists at the Forefront
New Rochelle, NY April 6, 2010—Medical acupuncture, which is acupuncture performed by a licensed physician trained at a conventional medical school, is being used increasingly for pain control at medical centers around the U.S., including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Medical Acupuncture, a peer-reviewed journal and the official publication of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, is at the forefront of these efforts.
A recent front-page article in the Wall Street Journal discusses that acupuncture is being used to treat common pain conditions such as arthritis, headache, lower back pain, and nausea and fatigue due to chemotherapy, and that the effects on the body are documented by high-tech scientific measurement techniques such as neuroimaging and Doppler ultrasound. Furthermore, acupuncture is relatively inexpensive compared to other treatment modalities, and generally quite safe.
Two physicians quoted in the article, Peter Dorscher, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL and Joseph M. Helms, MD, of the Helms Medical Institute in Berkeley, CA are on the editorial board of Medical Acupuncture.
Richard Niemtzow, MD, PhD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, developed a technique called “Battlefield Acupuncture” that helps relieve severe pain due to many causes. Based on modern neurophysiological concepts, Niemtzow developed a variation of acupuncture that involves inserting very tiny semi-permanent needles into very specific acupoints in the skin on the ear which appears to reduce pain signals from reaching the brain. This method can lessen the need for pain medications that may cause adverse or allergic reactions or addiction. This technique is being taught to military and civilian physicians.