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Battle Field Acupuncture / Advanced Needling Techniques in the Treatment of Pain – March 25 & 26, 2023

Battlefield Acupuncture

Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) is an Auricular Therapy technique (Ear acupuncture) which is utilized on the battlefield where standard western medical protocols cannot be effectively utilized.  It is an effective technique for the reduction of pain.

An article in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: March 2018 states: “Chronic pain is a serious problem for combat veterans and soldiers. In a sample of 2597 soldiers who had served in Afghanistan and Iraq, 44% reported pain lasting for more than 3 months, half of whom reported pain for 1 year or more.  Besides obvious questions regarding the mechanisms of action, the comparative efficacy, and duration of effects, the Department of Defense and Veterans Health System embrace of BFA presents an opportunity to study the adaption and implementation of this most fascinating complementary technique into traditional western practice. If the promise of BFA holds true, it will add an important treatment option in psychiatrists’ arsenal to treat acute and chronic pain.”

This unique treatment also utilized a very special auricular needle called the ASP Needle. This needle is currently being used to treat verterns in most VA hospitals for all types of Auricular acupuncture.  

Battlefield Acupuncture is a technique that originally and still utilizes 5 specific Auricular points.  It is not just using those 5 Auricular points randomly.  There is specific particular pattern, specific point order and specific point combinations, for the treatment for the reduction of pain.  The treatment process includes protocols which enhances the application of the Auricular points.

Dr. Hanson has enhanced the treatment protocols with other brain enhancing protocols which strengthens the effects of the overall treatment.

This technique can be a valuable tool to reduce pain in your patients and let you treat them more effectively.

Course Outline

Saturday – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

TBCE 4 Hours

8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Ethics (1 Hour)
Record Keeping (1 Hour)
Documentation & Coding (1 Hour)
Risk Management (1 Hour)

Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Battlefield Acupuncture

1:00 to 1:30 – Introduction & History of Battlefield Acupuncture
1:30 to 2:00 – Subluxation Complex
The relationship of the subluxation complex of the spinal levels with the treatment of pain in the various parts of the body.
2:00 to 2:30 – The ASP needle & the needling technique /  Clean Needle technique procedures for all types of Auricular Acupuncture / Insertion of the ASP needle.
2:30 to 3:15 – The 5 Auricular points & overall functions
3:15 to 3:45 – Uses & benefits of Battlefield Acupuncture
3:45 to 4:00 – BFA protocol & Outcomes
4:00 to 5:00 – Application / Types of stimulation / Review & overviews of procedure

Sunday – 8:00 am to 12:00 pm / 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Advanced Needling Techniques in the Treatment of Pain 

Course Description

This presentation will provide an in depth look at how pain affects the human body.  Correlation of Western medicine neurology and the aspect of pain in comparison to the Chinese medicine viewpoint of what actually causes pain. Different acupuncture needling techniques will be shown to treat pain related to headache, all spinal related conditions as well as upper and lower extremity conditions.  Needling techniques will be taught which include a review of the normal local acupuncture point commonly utilized. Detailed techniques in Distal needling, Balance Method and various Master Tung points for the related areas of the body being treated.


  • Demonstrate the knowledge the correlation between why acupuncture is effective in the treatment of pain related to Western principles.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of the most common local and special points related to Chinese medicine theory.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the Master Tung acupuncture system in the treatment of pain conditions and to be able to perform on patients.
  • Gain a basic understanding of the Balance Method in the treatment of pain conditions and be able to perform on patients.

8:00 am to 12:00 pm
12:00 pm  to 1:00 pm – Lunch Break
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Demonstration of procedures and administration of utilizing the different treatment techniques will be performed.

TBCE Mandatory Hours – 4 Hours / 12 Acupuncture Hours – 16 Total Hours

Seminar Times – Saturday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm / Sunday: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Continuing Education for Texas & Pace States
by the Texas Chiropractic Association (TCA)
Pace Approval #: BA0322


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