Opioid Use and Abuse: Can Acupuncture Help?

Most of us have encountered someone in our lives who struggles with an addiction to what was once a medically-prescribed drug. The overuse of prescription pain-relieving medication, and of opioids in particular, is dramatically on the rise both in the United States and around the world. Can acupuncture be used as an alternative to addictive prescription pain-relieving meds for people seeking relief from chronic pain? How about as a way to reduce dosage and therefore reduce risk of addiction and other side effects? Opioids include drugs such as OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin, which are mostly prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain. The drugs work by attaching to opioid receptors fou

Battlefield Acupuncture: Powerful Ear Points for Pain, Anxiety, and Addictions

In recent weeks we have added a new therapy to our community acupuncture offerings: “battlefield acupuncture”. Battlefield acupuncture is an auricular (ear) therapy that was invented by Dr. Richard Niemtzow, M.D, PhD. The treatment uses small gold or stainless steel semi-permanent needles in the skin of the ear to block pain in as little as five minutes. The needles are left to fall out on their own or be removed in 1-3 days. Dr. Niemtzow served as a consultant for complementary and alternative medicine to the Surgeon General of the Air Force. He initially introduced battlefield acupuncture in 2008 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where it was applied to wounded service membe

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