Acupuncture for the Miltary

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An increasing number of military members (soldiers, families) are now getting Acupuncture for combat wounds and other issues that are attained in the military such as PTSD.  While the military was not the first group to believe in the beneficial effects of acupuncture, they are sure catching on to the amazing healing abilities that acupuncture can offer to their soldiers and families of soldiers. Check out the article here.

Acupuncture has been in existence for the past 5000 or so years, but it has only come to the United States in the last few hundred years.  Western medicine has been the main medicine utilized by the military as a whole.  Only in the last 5-10 years has the military decided to bring acupuncture on board.  While living in Honolulu, HI I worked with several military members, and while they came to my private clinic, Acupuncture was also offered at Tripler Hospital, as a modality used to treat pain.  Of course this works, as acupuncture is most well known to treat pain.  The military LOVES this as it is helping to reduce the number of pain killers that the soldiers and veterans are using.  It is explained in the article from the military news here.Some branches of the military are now hiring Acupuncturists to work in their hospitals with doctors.

PTSD is a common problem amongst military members, and Acupuncture is a sure-fire way to treat this quickly and effectively.  Because acupuncture for PTSD has become so effective, there has been an entire protocol created for ‘Battlefield Acupuncture’ in times of stress and crisis.  Due to this need, Acupuncturists have been responding to disaster areas, such as Katrina, 911 Incident, and the Haiti Earthquakes.  Acupuncture affects the nervous system and therefore is very beneficial for stress, trauma, PTSD, and emotions that can leave victims feeling like life is unbearable.

Due to the number of issues that acupuncture can treat from insomnia, headaches, pain, digestive issues, emotional problems, stress, depression, hormonal imbalances, it is no wonder that the military wants a part of this.  Tri-care has now included acupuncture as a covered treatment under most insurance plans.  This is great for soldiers and family members who would like to extend their range of services, with benefits that are better than they were in the past.  Acupuncture is such a great medicine to utilize for many healthcare issues.  It is not invasive and there are very few if any side effects.  The most common side effect is, ‘I feel AWESOME!’

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