A Gap and An Opportunity: Using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the Military
With Guest: Jennifer Williams
In this episode we speak with an acupuncturist, who is also a veteran. We get a look not only at the current opportunities for how acupuncture is used to treat the soldiers and veterans of our nation, but also glimpse into the challenges involved in working within the military.
Listen in as we explore how acupuncture and Chinese medicine are used in the treatment of military personnel and veterans. And learn about the various credentials and certifications that will allow you to work within the system and help those who have served our country.
- Why Chinese medicine is scientific
- How our soldiers would be benefited by more attention to diet and nutrition
- What Jennifer has learned as a faculty member at Walter Reed, teaching pain management skills
- Current state of use of acupuncture in the military
- Some thoughts on research and protocols
- The role of glial cells in chronic pain
- Why issues with fluids, blood and phlegm are a useful place to start when treating neurological and pain conditions
- Various resources that can help you to help veterans
- Some things to be aware when treating veterans
- Treatment considerations for people who go to work by jumping out of airplanes
- Use of moxa for treating pain
She teaches for the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Doctoral program and is on faculty at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. She has published articles, contributed to books, and participated in research. As a national and international NCCAOM professional development activity partner, she is committed to providing quality continuing education.
Jennifer has a small Chinese medical practice north of Asheville, North Carolina where she specializes in complex presentations and difficult diseases. In her North Carolina and Tennessee mountain properties, she raises chickens, and grows herbs, mushrooms, and tea.
Slides to help you understand military culture, and the traumas that veterans have experienced.
Online course for Military Culture: Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals.
Toolkit for community providers.
Here is the document that discusses the differences between the NADA and Battlefield Acupuncture protocols.
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