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Battlefield acupuncture: Old practice, new practitioners Sgt. Brian Smith-Dutton

U.S. Army Lt. Robert Blume, left, the physician assistant for the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), inserts a thin gold needle through a U.S. civilian contractor’s ear during a battlefield acupuncture session at Combat Outpost Champkani, Afghanistan, Jan. 27, 2013. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese technique that was brought into the military in 2001. (U.S. photo by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton/Released)

PAKTYA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army 1st Lt. Robert Blume, the physician assistant for 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), performed battlefield acupuncture on a U.S. civilian contractor on Combat Outpost Champkani, Afghanistan, Jan. 27.

The patient had come to Blume complaining of massive back pain sustained from years of being enlisted in the military and had opted for acupuncture.

"Battlefield acupuncture is done so as to augment therapy for people who don't want to take pills everyday," said Blume.

Two needles were inserted through both ears of the patient without flaw or complications and he was able to walk out with no complaints of back pain.

Battlefield acupuncture may be still in the beginning phases within the military but many service members are opting for therapy over medication.


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This work, Battlefield Acupuncture: Old practice, new practitioners, by SGT Brian Smith-Dutton, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:01.27.2013

Date Posted:02.11.2013 11:54

Location:PAKTYA PROVINCE, AFGlobe

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