Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Family Medicine


Nancy Reid, DHSc, MHA, PA-C


Battlefield acupuncture (BFA) is a specific auricular acupuncture protocol to treat pain that can be performed by nonacupuncturists in both military and civilian clinical settings. BFA is purported to be efficacious, quickly administered, and requires minimal post-administration observation. With very low risk and a negligible side effect profile, BFA can be used as an alternative or complementary treatment modality to manage pain associated medical conditions. There is low to moderate-quality evidence that auricular acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain. More large randomized control trials are needed to compare acupuncture with standard therapy in both the military and civilian settings.


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