According to this article at the Chinese Medicine Times, the military is using acupuncture (primarily ear acupuncture) to relieve pain in wounded soldiers. They’ve found that it helps reduce the amount of pain medication they need to administer, reducing that hazy sensation pain meds can produce. By reducing the pain level overall, the body is better able to heal itself, so recovery is faster.
I’m pretty excited that the military is using acupuncture–perhaps this will lead to more wide-spread acceptance of acupuncture, and more insurance coverage across the country.
Here’s a link to the article: http://www.chinesemedicinetimes.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1224#post1224