Acupuncture & Other Alternative Medicine Reducing Use of Pain Killers in the Army

Acupuncture & Other Alternative Medicine Reducing Use of Pain Killers in the Army

Acupuncture and other forms of alternative and complementary medicine are helping reduce the use of opioids to block pain in Army patients, the service’s assistant surgeon general said in a Military.com report.

Brig. Gen. Norvell V. Coots, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command and assistant surgeon general for force projection, testified Wednesday, at a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee about overmedication concerns.

In 2011, 26 percent of all service members were prescribed at least one type of opioid medication, but this number was brought down to 24 percent last year, partly due to the use of acupuncture, yoga and other alternatives to medication, Coots said.

“It is a small difference, but I think it still represents a big cultural change and a move ahead,” he told the committee.

via Acupuncture & Other Alternative Medicine Reducing Use of Pain Killers in the Army | Elevated Existence.

One response to “Acupuncture & Other Alternative Medicine Reducing Use of Pain Killers in the Army

  1. Reblogged this on Qi Ottawa and commented:
    Veterans much like the public are starting to realize that pain cannot be healed simply by surgery and medication. Love reading all the new studies and articles on how Acupuncture is being used to help fight pain and stress with “superior” results compared to conventional western medicine.

    This is the real revolution in health care!!

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