Battlefield Acupuncture (BA) is one of the most effective treatments for pain. Results are immediate. Treatment consists of inserting small semipermanent needles into specific areas of the ear that correspond to pain centers and reflex areas of the body. Needles are kept in the ears for hours or days. Immediate benefits include reduction of pain and inflammation, increased immune response and relaxation.
The name “Battlefield Acupuncture” was coined in 2001by Dr. Richard Niemtzow, an acupuncturist andColonel in the US Air Force, who developed this protocol for rapid pain relief in the battlefield. It is now being taught to military medical personnel for use in the field, hospitals and clinics.
Auriculotherapy or the treatment of the ear is based on traditional Chinese medicine. Ear points were used for treatment in the Chinese army more than 2000 years ago. Later it was developed by Dr. Nogier, a French acupuncturist, who became interested when he noticed many of his patients had scars in the ear corresponding to the hip reflex area. Upon questioning his patients, they replied that treatment of the ear in that area alleviated them of chronic sciatic pain.
Dr. Nogier developed a complete system of ear correspondence with body parts that is used today.
Auriculotherapy is very effective in the treatment of many conditions besides pain relief. There is a classical ear treatment protocol for addiction detox from drugs, smoking and alcohol.
In addition, auriculotherapy can be a great adjunct therapy to any Acupuncture or Acupressure Therapy and can continue the benefit of the treatment for days and weeks afterwards.
Common conditions treated include pain, digestive problems, headaches, menstrual issues, weight problems, depression, allergies, and stress.