Veterans can now add acupuncture to the list of treatments to help with headaches and pain as a result of Gulf War Syndrome. Lisa Conboy (our friend), an instructor at Harvard Medical School Osher Research Center and co-director of research at the New England School of Acupuncture thinks that acupuncture can help the veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. The study will look at the benefits of acupuncture in managing the headaches, muscle soreness and other pain associated with the Gulf War Syndrome. The group is currently seeking about 120 volunteers living in the Northeast for the study.
Army’s Management Task Force recommended the practice – along with meditation and yoga – as possible options for soldiers who are not responding well to mainstream, pharmaceutical treatments.
Army officials will spend about $1 million on the three-year study, which includes weekly acupuncture treatments over a six-month span for the veterans involved.