Dr. Angelica Kokkalis, O.M.D L.Ac.

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How the Military is Using Acupuncture to Fight Pain

The United States military has found that Traditional Chinese acupuncture provides immediate relief for acute and chronic pain without the risk of addiction that can come from opioids. The process involves a small needle inserted into the ear, which has a “central effect” on the nervous system and the cingulate gyrus, an area of the brain that processes pain.

The US Military is now using acupuncture to treat pain instead of addictive pills.

“They don’t have to wait hours for medications to take maximal effect or endure side effects, like drowsiness or allergic reactions, of common pain medications,” said Air Force Col. Lynda Vu, who recently administered Battlefield Acupuncture. “This allows personnel to go back to the fight with minimal impact to continuing mission operations.”

Acupuncture may not work on every patient, but it can also be used in combination with oral medications, which Niemtzow said are helpful treatment options when used appropriately. Patients are encouraged to explore other holistic treatment options, and to look beyond medicine and surgery. Vu recommended full spectrum acupuncture as a complementary therapy.

Angelica Kokkalis recently attended Signature HealthCARE of Lafayette’s wellness far. She was super excited about the wellness event that happened, Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at Signature HealthCARE of Lafayette.

Neurochemical Mechanisms of Acupuncture CoverIn Neurochemical Mechanisms of Acupuncture, writers Dr. Song-Ping Han and Dr. Ji-Sheng Han present the first book of a collection of studies on the neurochemical mechanisms of acupuncture that have been conducted by Dr. Ji-Sheng Han and his associates at Beijing Medical University This alternative therapy with its 3,500 year old history, is now gaining credibility and respect. The authors offer a unique blend of knowledge having a combined clinical and research acupuncture experience of over 70 years.

This book is a scientifically supported explanation of the basic neurochemical mechanisms and processes underlying the practice of acupuncture. This may well be one of the most valuable books of acupuncture you will ever read. It is also a teaching manual by which an evidence based, highly effective no-drug method of treatment can be used to treat pain, psychiatric and other chronic illnesses.

This is a book that belongs in the library of every physician, medical school and school of Chinese medicine. Several other studies of Dr. Ji-Sheng Han will be introduced in subsequence to this book including his recent research in the considerable successful treatment of autism and assisted reproductive medicine.

“A compilation of a leading researcher’s work, in any field, would be an excellent single point of reference for future generations to build upon. In order to accelerate progress, knowledge of what has already been discovered is of the utmost importance and would be invaluable to current researchers and practitioners if this knowledge were compiled into a life-work compilation.” -Cari Skaggs, Philosopher

Dr. Angelica D. Kokkalis is the editor and President of the Han Institute. She is a graduate of Beijing Medical University class of 1989 and currently resides in Indiana USA.

Dr. Angelica Kokkalis will be attending the Pacific Symposium in San Diego, California this November 4-11, 2014. It is an opportunity for her to experience a community of healers while learning from innovators in the field. It will showcase 73 exhibitors eager to present new products that can help you and your health.

Pacific Symposium 2014

This event draws acupuncturists, massage practitioners, chiropractors, nurses, medical doctors and traditional Chinese medicine students from all over the country. She will earn continuing education credits while listening to this year’s speakers present current research, unique methodologies, and explore new techniques to integrate into your daily practice.

Since 1987, this event has served as an interactive environment for brilliant minds of the Eastern medical profession to come together and thrive. A renowned conference with worldwide recognition, this annual event unites acupuncturists, massage therapists, students, and professors by opening the gates to the exchange of industry information.

Research shows that soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) given hypnotherapy treatment while using electro-acupuncture for 30 minutes at the same time can be useful in alleviating the symptoms these patients experience (Ref.1) and is twice as effective as traditional acupuncture. A recent PTSD study on the effects of electro-acupuncture confirms this.

What is Electro-Acupuncture?

Electro-acupuncture is a complementary medical treatment that has been authorized by the FDA. It uses electrically-conducting polymer pads or EKG pads instead of traditional acupuncture needles. Not only is this method needle free, but the weak electrical impulses that are used with electro-acupuncture treatment double the effectiveness of the older acupuncture method.

History of Electro-Acupuncture

Professor Ji-Sheng Han from the Beijing Medical University conducted systematic experiments to study the phenomenon of electro-acupuncture (Ref. 2). Dr. Han did 30 years of experimentation and also observed patients very closely. He explained that traditional Chinese acupuncture points were merely spots on the body where electric currents are picked up easier and transmitted to the brain.

1: George A. Ulett, M.D., Ph.D. and SongPing Han, B.M., Ph.D.: “The Biology of Acupuncture”, copyright 2002, Warren H. Green Inc., Saint Louis, Missouri, 63132 USA

2. J.S. Han: “The Neurochemical Basis of Pain Relief by Acupuncture”. Vol. 2. Hu Bei Science and Technology Press, Beijing, 1998 (784 pages).