I’d like to introduce you to a great new pain reduction technique that I learned recently. It is called the Battlefield Acupuncture Technique and it uses a type of acupuncture called auricular acupuncture. Tiny gold plated steel needles are inserted into the ear and remain there for three days. Usually five or six needles are inserted and in many cases the reduction in pain is immediate and lasting.
This technique was developed by Dr. Richard Niemtzow of the US Air Force based on earlier work by Dr. Paul Nogier of France. Dr. Nogier’s discoveries were later incorporated into a Chinese system of ear acupuncture in the 1970’s and on. Like body acupuncture, ear acupuncture has been done for centuries. However, these refinements are relatively new. Dr. Niemtzow’s protocol is now being taught to medics and doctors in the armed forces for use on critical missions.
The ear is incredibly sensitive for no apparent reason. There are about as many nerves going to the outer ears as to the hands; however the outer ears do not need the fine motor coordination of the hands. Why so many nerves? That is a topic for another day. For now it is enough that there is a wonderful technique that often brings dramatic and immediate pain reduction.