Treating pain using acupuncture for nonacupuncturists

Author: Bernard Toney Jr1
Affiliation: <sup>1</sup> Bernard Toney, Jr., is a PA assigned to the Translational Vascular Medicine Branch of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.
Conference/Journal: JAAPA
Date published: 2023 Jan 1
Other: Volume ID: 36 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 1-4 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000902880.99336.60. , Word Count: 82

Battlefield acupuncture is a specific auricular acupuncture protocol that can be performed by nonacupuncturists in military and civilian clinical settings. Battlefield acupuncture is purported to be efficacious in controlling pain, is quickly administered, and requires minimal postadministration observation. With very low risk and a negligible adverse reaction profile, this technique can be used as an alternative or complement to manage pain. More large randomized controlled trials are needed to compare acupuncture with standard therapy in military and civilian settings.

PMID: 36573821 DOI: 10.1097/01.JAA.0000902880.99336.60