Medical Acupuncture has been recognized by the US military as an effective way of treating injured soldiers on and off the battle field.
The ACUS Foundation has pioneered Medical Acupuncture and trains military doctors in Medical Acupuncture and has achieved outstanding results in pain relief and avoiding addictive opiate medications.
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Mission Statement of Acus Foundation
Our mission at Acus Foundation (Latin for ‘needle’) is to bring life-changing medical acupuncture to our nation’s service members and veterans. We train the doctors who treat the pain.
We focus our training efforts on primary care providers because these are the professionals on the frontlines of medicine.
Patients in acute and chronic pain come to them first, and for this reason they issue a higher number of opioid prescriptions than physicians in any other medical specialty.
Medical acupuncture offers primary care providers an alternative at the moment of prescription: They can treat their patient with acupuncture instead of painkillers.
I founded Acus to transform military medicine by training military physicians in medical acupuncture. With this new skill, physicians provide additional help to service members, veterans, and their families. Too often we hear about the consequences of combat trauma: chronic pain, impaired mental focus, emotional numbness, social isolation, job loss, substance abuse, suicide. And too often these consequences are not adequately addressed by conventional treatments.
Since I became involved in military medicine in 2007, medical acupuncture has shown itself to be a valuable treatment to alleviate the physical and psychological symptoms of combat trauma. Acupuncture is the strongest and most scientific of the integrative medicine disciplines, and it improves patients’ conditions without side effects or addiction.
At Nellis Air Force Base, we have created a culture of Think Acupuncture First that makes acupuncture available to a patient at any appointment. We are also pursuing rigorous research studies to confirm the clinical, social, and financial benefits of a medicine environment where acupuncture is a regular part of the service.
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