Battlefield Acupuncture in Asheville
Battlefield acupuncture is spreading like wild-fire through the media (Wired magazine and Forbes) and is being used by the US military and in hospitals across the country. To see a video of Asheville acupuncturist James Whittle using battlefield acupuncture on ABC news, just click here. James Whittle M.S., L.Ac. is the only acupuncturist in western North Carolina to use this type of treatment in his clinic. Acupuncture has a powerful effect on the brain and causes the body to release natural pain killers.
Battlefield acupuncture, a type of ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy, was developed by Colonel Richard Niemtzow MD over a twenty year period. James learned the technique in 2007, from Dr. Niemtzow himself. James has seen it help hundreds of people recover from pain and use less pain medication. Battlefield acupuncture works extremely well for acute injury type pain and for other health conditions as well.
Additionally, we use this style of ear acupuncture for all types of pain including headaches, neck pain, back pain, wrist pain, leg pain, hip pain, knee pain, ankle pain and others types of pain.
At our Asheville acupuncture pain clinic, the Blue Ridge Acupuncture Clinic, we use ear acupuncture on a regular basis and see incredible results for not only the types of pain listed above, but other types of acute and chronic pain, including neuropathic pain, like peripheral neuropathy.
To learn how acupuncture can help you, call our Asheville acupuncture clinic for a free consult at (828) 254-4405.
What is Battlefield Acupuncture?
Battlefield acupuncture is a technique that involves inserting small, sterile, steel or gold needles into points on the ear. Needles are inserted in a precise order to control pain. By stimulating these points, the brain releases natural pain killers known as endogenous opiates. Opiates lead the central nervous system into a state of relaxation and pain relief.
In some cases, semi-permanent needles are utilized, remaining on the ear for up to a week. These needles can provide continuous stimulation to the targeted acupuncture points and the pain centers in the brain, resulting in a sustained release of endogenous opiates and long-lasting pain alleviation.
This approach offers simplicity and portability, making it applicable in diverse settings. Combat zones, emergency medical situations, and civilian healthcare facilities have used the technique. Trained practitioners can quickly administer this style of acupuncture without extensive equipment.
Moreover, beyond its pain management benefits, this technique exhibits promise in addressing other health conditions. Research shows that anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be helped with this therapy. With its non-pharmacological nature and minimal side effects, battlefield acupuncture serves as an appealing alternative or complementary treatment option.
Originating as a means of immediate pain relief in military settings, this type of acupuncture has transcended its initial purpose and has emerged as a straightforward yet effective tool for overall well-being.