Friday, 12 December, 2008
Air Force Adapts A Placebo Treatment
Military news: Air Force to Use 'Battlefield Acupuncture' for Pain Relief.
The military medical community has been using all sorts of alternative therapies -- yoga, meditation, even animal-petting -- to ease the strains of post-traumatic stress disorder FOR returning troops. One of the non-traditional treatments will be used in a war zone for the first time.
"The Air Force will begin teaching 'battlefield acupuncture' early next year to physicians deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan," reports the Baltimore Sun's David Wood. "The initiative marks the first high-level endorsement of acupuncture by the traditionally conservative military medical community, officials said."