Battlefield Acupuncture: Old practice, new practitioners

3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AA) Public Affairs
Story by Spc. Brian Smith-Dutton

Date: 01.27.2013
Posted: 02.11.2013 11:54
News ID: 101789
Battlefield acupuncture: Old practice, new practitioners

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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> "Battlefield acupuncture is done so as to augment therapy for people who don't want to take pills everyday," said Blume.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Battlefield acupuncture may be still in the beginning phases within the military but many service members are opting for therapy over medication.