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Air Force to Use 'Battlefield Acupuncture' for Pain Relief

Submitted by dave on Wed, 12/24/2008 - 11:48pm


Here are a couple interesting stories about acupuncture:,15240,164071,00.html and

Using tiny needles that barely penetrate the skin of a patient's ear, Air Force doctors say they can interrupt pain signals going to the brain ... reliev[ing] even unbearable pain for days at a time....

"This is one of the fastest pain attenuators in existence -- the pain can be gone in five minutes," said Col. Richard Niemtzow, a physician, acupuncturist and senior adviser to the Air Force surgeon general.

Acupuncture in the Ear

Those of you who know Serene Impulse might find the following statement very interesting:

Col. Richard Niemtzow, an oncologist, also sees acupuncture as a way to treat macular degeneration. Niemtzow says this protocol is difficult and the placement of the needles in the orbital area of the eye is technically challenging. The entire [procedure] has to be performed precisely.


It would be interesting to know exactly which acupoints Niemtzow is using and what his treatment protocol is. 

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