Most people would agree that the various branches of the U.S. military are rather conservative folks. They have to be, since the battlefield conditions require them to be able to follow a strict chain of command under the worst kinds of pressure. So when all the branches begin to adopt acupuncture as a healing modality in their field hospitals, their hospitals back here in the states, and when wounded warriors swear by acupuncture's efficacy, I think that's a pretty darn good testament to the efficacy of acupuncture. Who needs double blind trials when you have tens of thousands of wounded vets saying it has helped with their pain and helped them avoid addictive painkillers with severe side effects. This article is from "The Stars and Stripes," the military's own newspaper.
Military turns to acupuncture as alternative to prescription painkillers - Stripes - Independent U.S. military news from Iraq, Afghanistan and bases worldwide