Battlefield Acupuncture is an Auricular Therapy (Ear acupuncture) procedure that was invented by Dr. Richard Niemtzow MD. The name Battlefield Acupuncture was used because simply it could be used on the battlefield, where western pain medicine options are not advisable.
The Battlefield Acupuncture Protocol uses French acupuncture needles called ASP® needles.
The ASP® needle (Semi-Permanent Needle, “A” is for Aiguille, meaning needle in French) comes in three kinds of metals. 90% of the time the gold ones are used for the Battlefield Acupuncture protocol. The other metal types are stainless steel and titanium.
They are single use needles that can stay in the ear for a few days. The Battlefield Acupuncture protocol can provide relief after your patients leave your clinic and for days afterwards.
When these needles are inserted into the Battlefield Acupuncture points (we call them zones now) they will have an incredible effect on your patient’s condition. These points/zones when used in a pattern can not only relieve pain, but many other conditions as well. A question that is often asked is, “Can I use other needles and not the ASPs®?”
Yes you can, but your results will be limited at best and you will most likely not achieve any results.
The ASP® needles are designed to stay in the ear for up to a few days. It is my experience and my colleagues’ that although there are other semi-permanent needles out there, the ASP® needles work the best. It is hypothesized that the needles send a message right to the healing center in the brain to correct that patient’s pathology. With the needles being retained in the ear, communication is continued to the areas in the brain which correct imbalance in the patient’s pathology and create a healing process. The true reason why these needles and points works is still debatable, but the face that this therapy works is not debatable.