Resources

Looking for some information about acupuncture and veterans? Here’s a few online resources to help you get started.

BLOGS

Holistic Treatments Help Soldiers Battle PTSD May 2012 http://www.army.mil/article/80772/Holistic_treatments_help_Soldiers_battle_PTSD/ By Jennifer Mattson “…clinical social workers, psychologists, reiki master teachers, licensed massage therapists, an acupuncturist, and a yoga, tai chi and qigong instructor all work together to help these Soldiers get to a point where they can return to their unit.”

Help for Veterans with PTSD Nov 2010 http://acutakehealth.com/?s=PTSD By Sara Calabro  “Acupuncture is an ideal remedy for what a recent CNN article  calls a “cookie-cutter” approach to addressing the hidden wounds experienced by many veterans and active military personnel.” Clarifies why acupuncture makes sense for PTSD.

AcuTakehttp://acutakehealth.com/   Intelligent and accessible. AcuTake is an online publication created to improve acupuncture education and access. The goal is to help you understand how acupuncture really works—in the real world, on real people—so that you can use it as a tool for creating the life you want. Updated weekly.

The Power of Acupuncture: Part 1, 2, 3  Dec 2011 – Jan 2012  http://navymedicine.navylive.dodlive.mil/?s=acupuncture  Written by Capt. Elwood W. Hopkins, Neurologist, Naval Hospital Bremerton, Wash. Scientific and clinical. His journey to become a believer.

ARTICLES

Wounded Warriors Face New Enemy: Overmedication April 2012 http://www.npr.org/2012/04/26/151443507/wounded-warriors-face-new-enemy-over-medication?ft=1&f=1128&sc=17 The Pentagon has set up special battalions to help returning troops recover from their battlefield wounds, but some of those soldiers have been given excessive amounts of prescription drugs, which are causing additional problems.

Military Tries Acupuncture to Treat Troops for PTSD   June 2010 http://www.statesman.com/news/local/military-tries-acupuncture-to-treat-troops-for-ptsd-757786.html Article reviews use of acupuncture for PTSD in veterans.

Military Turns to Acupuncture as Alternative to Prescription Painkillers  August 2010 http://www.stripes.com/military-turns-to-acupuncture-as-alternative-to-prescription-painkillers-1.116167 Article reviews acupuncture for pain in the military. Many good comments at the end.

Military Doctors Embrace Acupuncture  Jan 2009 Associated Press http://www.military.com/news/article/military-doctors-embracing-acupuncture.html Describes Col. Richard Niemtzow work with acupuncture for pain in the military and battlefield acupuncture.

Airmen Poke Out Stress With Acupuncture  Dec 2011 http://www.military.com/news/article/air-force-news/airmen-poke-out-stress-with-acupuncture.html Article reviews different types of acupuncture, stress. (© Copyright 2012 Air Force News. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Military Deploys Acupuncture to Treat Soldiers’ Concussions  Feb 2011 http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/02/07/108250/military-deploys-acupuncture-to.html – dsq-comments Reviews Battlefield Acupuncture used in case of concussion.

Military Pokes Holes In Acupuncture Skeptics’ Theory  Feb 2012 http://www.npr.org/2012/02/16/146944270/military-pokes-holes-in-acupuncture-skeptics-theory Acupuncture for pain in veterans which includes comments from some skeptics.

STUDIES

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Among Military Personnel  Apr 2006 updated Jan 2012   (Official title – Acupuncture for the treatment of Trauma survivors) http://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT00320138 The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture as a treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among military personnel.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use Among Veterans with Chronic Noncancer Pain http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/11/489/denneson489.html Study describes prior use and willingness to try complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among 401 veterans experiencing chronic noncancer pain and explores differences between CAM users and nonusers. Participants in a randomized controlled trial of a collaborative intervention for chronic pain from five Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) primary care clinics self-reported prior use and willingness to try chiropractic care, massage therapy, herbal medicines, and acupuncture.

REVIEWS OF STUDIES

Acupuncture May Help Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Pilot Study  June 2007 http://nccam.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/092107.htm Review of pilot study showing acupuncture may help people with PTSD.

PUBLICATIONS

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml Downloadable booklet on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that explains what it is, treatment options, and how to get help.