Sunday, April 24, 2011

Acupuncture Used in Afghanistan to Treat Brain Injuries

The April 23-24 Wall Street Journal carried the story "Can Needles Soothe Wounded Warriors?" by Michael M. Phillips.

The article begins:
Marine Lance Cpl. Tristan Bell was injured in a jarring explosion that tore apart his armored vehicle, slammed a heavy radio into the back of his head and left him tortured by dizziness, insomnia, headaches and nightmares.

He is recovering on a padded table at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, beneath strings of soft, white Christmas lights, with the dulcet notes of "Tao of Healing" playing on an iPod and a forest of acupuncture needles sprouting from his head, ear, hands and feet.

In a bit of battlefield improvisation, the Navy is experimenting with acupuncture and soothing atmospherics to treat Marines suffering from mild cases of traumatic brain injury, commonly called concussions — the most prevalent wound of the Afghan war.
The article reports some amazing results, and all because in 2008 the Navy put a few doctors through a 300-hour acupuncture course.

One of these doctors, Cmdr. Keith Stuessi, arrived at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, planning to use these skills for sprained ankles and sore backs. He then came across an article about using acupuncture to treat PTSD and realized that many of the PTSD symptoms were similar to those of mild traumatic brain injury.

Read the rest of the article to learn about the specific amazing results.

Also read the Mrs. Lieutenant post "Important News for Treating Traumatic Brain Injury."

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of the novel MRS. LIEUTENANT and her social media marketing company Miller Mosaic Power Marketing works with clients to use social media to attract more business. Read her social media marketing blog.

1 comment:

Acupuncture Los Angeles said...

Yes, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have a rich history in excess of 2500 years. It is already used widely throughout Asia and Europe. No wonder it is considered one of the newest primary health care modalities in the United States.