Acupuncture can be Efficacious in treating almost Anyone with ANY Pain Symptoms.
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Acupuncture is an effective form of healthcare wellness treatment. It was discovered in China over 5000 years ago and involves inserting thin needles strategically along the meridians or pathways to balance the flow of energy or life force AKA chi (chee).
Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) is a form of ear acupuncture that is a nonpharmaceutical pain intervention in which a sequence of tiny semi-permanent needles are placed on the surface of one or both ears. It can be introduced in conjunction with other pain treatments or as a stand-alone treatment. This style of acupuncture can provide rapid and highly effective pain relief for nearly all types of pain. It was developed by Dr. Richard Niemtzow, MD while he was serving in the United States Air force back in 2001.
If you are one of the 100 million+ Americans that suffer from chronic pain, the answer is yes with the exception of a few unique circumstances.
*As with any medical procedure, it’s important that you consult with your doctor and disclose any preexisting medical conditions and medications that you are consuming.*
What are the risks of BFA?(All are EXTREMELY UNCOMMON)
Pain is subjective and really depends on the individual. The initial insertion of the needles may cause patients to experience some very minor discomfort. Don worry! It’s only for a short duration. Patients always tell us they ” forget they even have these small needles in their ear.”
Every patient is unique and the duration in which they experience relief will vary. Needles will be worn for 4-5 days. They will typically fall out on their own, or you can remove them easily yourself. Pain relief can be permanent or last anywhere from 2 weeks to several months, depending on the severity of the pain and your medical condition. Some patients only need one treatment while others need several. Most patients get pain relief within several days and several more treatments maybe are necessary for longer-term pain relief.
After your needles have been placed, your doctor will discuss aftercare instructions and send you home with easy tips to successfully care for your acupuncture treatment.
Discuss any concerns or out-of-the-ordinary health changes with your BFA provider.