Battlefield acupuncture was developed as a protocol for the rapid relief of pain, with the intention that it could be used in military battlefields as well as in emergency situations.
Battlefield acupuncture uses is a set of acupuncture points on the ear (also known as auricular acupuncture), which is tailored to the type and location of the pain, and as such it can be used widely for any type of pain, and is used in emergency departments in the United States where other types of analgesia are not suitable (Tsai et al, 2016) as well as for specific pain such as low back pain (Fox et al, 2018), chronic neck pain (Guthrie et al, 2016), and for many more applications.
Elsewhere, battlefield acupuncture also has useful applications to trauma related issues, including PTSD and following traumatic injury (Walker et al, 2016; Niemtzow, 2007).
Fox, L.M., Murakami, M., Danesh, H. and Manini, A.F., 2018. Battlefield acupuncture to treat low back pain in the emergency department. The American Journal of Emergency Medicine, 36(6), pp.1045-1048.
Guthrie, R.M. and Chorba, R., 2016. Physical Therapy Treatment Of Chronic Neck Pain A Discussion And Case Study: Using Dry Needling And Battlefield Acupuncture. Journal of special operations medicine: a peer reviewed journal for SOF medical professionals, 16(1), pp.1-5.
Niemtzow, R.C., 2007. Battlefield acupuncture. Medical Acupuncture, 19(4), pp.225-228.
Tsai, S.L., Fox, L.M., Murakami, M. and Tsung, J.W., 2016. Auricular acupuncture in emergency department treatment of acute pain. Annals of emergency medicine, 68(5), pp.583-585.
Walker, P.H., Pock, A., Ling, C.G., Kwon, K.N. and Vaughan, M., 2016. Battlefield acupuncture: opening the door for acupuncture in Department of Defense/Veteran’s Administration health care. Nursing outlook, 64(5), pp.491-498.