Acupuncture for Veterans: Treatment Increasingly Common at VA Facilities

Contributing Editor

Veterans in need of relief for chronic pain increasingly are finding acupuncture available as a treatment option throughout the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), reports the journal Medical Acupuncture.

Over the past seven years, the number of VHA facilities that offer acupuncture services has more than doubled from 42 percent to 88 percent. Acupuncture, a component of traditional Chinese medicine, involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points throughout the body, including the feet, hands, ears, and back.

The VHA is using acupuncture, including ear-centric auricular acupuncture, to help treat chronic pain and insomnia; to reduce the pain of colonoscopies; and to promote healing and general wellness.

Source: Medical Acupuncture