USAF AIM center places needle focus on warfighters’ health

A semi-permanent acupuncture needle, or ASP, is inserted next to the ear of 2nd Lt. Paul Schroeder, a Uniformed Services University student working with the 779th Medical Group’s Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Clinic staff March 28, 2017 at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Auricular therapy is one kind of acupuncture protocol that can be used on the battlefield because the placement of the ASPs can be learned by medical professionals who don’t specialize in acupuncture and the needles can remain in the ears from 3-5 days. Doing so, provides relief for patients suffering from some ailments such as anxiety, back pain, muscle stiffness and headaches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe Yanik)

PHOTO BY: Staff Sgt. Joe Yanik
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