Saturday, February 18, 2012

NPR 5 minute story: Acupuncture in Army Medicine, 2-16-2012

The February 16th, 2012, edition of Morning Edition on NPR ran a 5 minute news short on the use of acupuncture in the military.  Each of the clips could be much longer stories.  It gives you an idea of the various opinions on the use of acupuncture within mainstream medicine.  There is a body of research and evidence that shows acupuncture reduces pain greater than a placebo, with statistical significance. Plus, acupuncture is not addictive like morphine, naproxen, Vicodin, or other commonly prescribed opiate-based medications.

The big question in Western medical theory is "how?"  How does acupuncture work?  It has an Eastern medicine theory and foundation and history of use for 2000 years.  Western medical theory wants a way to understand how meridians and qi, etc, work within their mindset and frame work.  I think they will, some day when the concepts and new ways of measuring and testing come along.  Some potential areas in Western concepts of thinking that are helpful in explaining eastern theory concepts to a Western academic mind are:  neurology, nuclear physics, myofascial meridian theory, neuromusculoskeletal theory, meditation, and prayer.

For the 5 minute news short on how acupuncture is just starting to be used in Army medicine, see "Military Pokes Holes in Acupuncture Skeptics Theory" .


[Graphics from ClipArt.]

Related posts:
What is the Training of your Acupuncturist?
Weight of War, an NPR story about the Army's new approach to pain management, the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Clinics and the Army Pain Management Task Force and Intiatives.  These initiatives include CAM modalities (which include acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine) as a comprehensive patient-centered approach to patient care.  CAM modalities are also part of the plan to reduce the overall cost of health care.

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