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Alternative and Complementary Medicine for Pain: Battlefield (auricular) acupuncture and Yoga

Session outline

Pain is ubiquitous in society. There are various treatment of pain. Pain management requires a multidisciplinary approach. Complementary and Alternative medicine may be combined with other treatments to decrease pain.

Battlefield acupuncture is a non-pharmacological method of pain management. It is a form of auricular acupuncture.

The protocol involves inserting semipermanent needles at each of 5 points in succession each ear until pain relief is elicited or until all needles are inserted. The needles then remained in the ears for several days. It is based on series of traditional Chinese acupuncture meridians system.

Yoga is practiced all over the world. There are various scientific articles on treatment of pain. Various techniques will be discussed with focus on pain management

Learning outcomes

  • The participants will be able to analyse the medical evidence for battlefield acupuncture.
  • Learners will be exposed to guidelines and strategies to for non-pharmacological management of pain
  • Learners will discuss, observe and implement guidelines for use of battlefield acupuncture for pain management.
  • The participants will be able to analyse the medical evidence supporting use of yoga for pain management.
  • Learners will be exposed to guidelines and strategies to for non-pharmacological management of pain
  • Learners will discuss, observe and implement guidelines for use of yoga for pain management.

Target audience

  • Allied health
  • Medical practitioners
  • Students
  • Trainees
  • Nursing staff
  • General public

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