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“The United States is at war, and because of the war, there have been casualties. These casualties have been treated by medical acupuncturists and licensed acupuncturists, and these treatments have been successful…it its very meaningful what is being done through acupuncture for our wounded warriors”   Col. Richard Niemtzow MD, USAF, Medical Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely fine, disposable  needles into specific points in the body. There are many scientific theories about how stimulation of these points regulates and benefits the organs, systems, tissues and fluids of the body. As research from around the world has become more widely known, acupuncture has become increasingly accepted as an effective treatment for a broad range of both chronic and acute conditions including pain, fatigue, emotional unrest, nervous system disorders, musculoskeletal problems, and a long list of other disorders.

Acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and very fine, often just a little thicker than a hair. Insertion is generally performed without any discomfort, though there may be a sense of heaviness, tingling, or warmth from increased circulation. Generally, people find treatments to be profoundly relaxing and revitalizing.

Acupuncture has a clearly recorded history of about 2,000 years. Some authorities can site its use in China for over 4,000 years. From a western physiological point of view we know that acupuncture influences the electrical impulses in the body, induces a self-regulating effect on a variety of different functions such as the release of natural pain killing chemicals by the brain, the restoration of proper circulation in diseased areas, and the stimulation of hormonal glands and immune system function.

One specialized form of acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, utilizes the microsystems represented in the ear to treat a long list of conditions including Pain, Trauma, Stress, and Dependence. We utilize two specific auricular acupuncture protocols:

1.  The NADA protocol established by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association utilizes five specific auricular points. This highly effective system was developed in the 1970’s to help heal addictions. After the 9-11 World Trade Center tragedy this same system was found to be equally effective in the treatment of trauma and PTSD. It has since been widely used around the world to treat trauma following natural  and man made disasters.

2.  The Battlefield Acupuncture protocol established by Air Force Col. Richard Niemtzow MD  in 2001 utilizes a different set of five specific auricular points from the NADA protocol. This powerful treatment was developed for rapid relief of pain on the battlefield, in the clinical setting, or on the job.

The World Health Organization (WHO) officially recognizes that acupuncture has been shown through controlled clinical trials to be an effective treatment for a long list of common medical conditions including:

▪   low back pain

▪   neck pain

▪   sciatica

▪   tennis elbow

▪   knee pain

▪   periarthritis of the shoulder

▪   sprains

▪   facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

▪   headache

▪   dental pain

▪   tempromandibular (TMJ) dysfunction

▪   rheumatoid arthritis

▪   induction of labor

▪   correction of malposition of fetus (breech presentation)

▪   morning sickness

▪   nausea and vomiting

▪   postoperative pain

▪   stroke

▪   essential hypertension

▪   primary hypotension

▪   renal colic

▪   leucopenia

▪   adverse reactions to radiation or chemotherapy

▪   allergic rhinitis, including hay fever

▪   biliary colic

▪   depression

▪   acute bacillary dysentery

▪   primary dysmenorrhea

▪   acute epigastralgia

▪   peptic ulcer

▪   acute and chronic gastritis


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