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New England School of Acupuncture





What is Battlefield Acupuncture?


This ear (auricular) acupuncture protocol was developed by Dr Richard C. Niemtzow in 2001. He is a retired Air Force colonel and was the first full-time physician acupuncturist in the Armed Forces.


He originally conceived this technique as a way to deliver pain relief through acupuncture as quickly and efficiently as possible in combat and other military situations. It is growing in popularity in both military and civilian medical settings internationally.


This unique technique uses semi-permanent ASP® needles to activate ear points in order to influence the processing of pain in the central nervous system. According to Dr Niemtzow, pain relief can be immediate and hold for a longer stimulation. It can also be used in case of anxiety and insomnia.


BFA was recognized in 2019 as a solution to fight the opioid crisis by the Association of American Medical Colleges and presented in the documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare in 2012.


This course is approved for the following credits: 



16 – Florida CEs

16 – Texas CAE Credits for the Texas Medical Board

16 – California Category 1 CEUs* 



This seminar products are sponsored by Lhasa OMS



Seminar Location: New England School of Acupuncture19 Norwich St, Worcester, MA 01608



STANDARD: Battlefield Acupuncture Seminar

Cost: $425



Here is the information for registration.

  1. Create an account on, filling out all profile information. Make sure that your profile is set to “Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine” in the Participant Type dropdown and fill out all mandatory information.
    1. If you need to change your MCPHS adjunct/faculty status, please e-mail
    2. For students, make sure that you change your “Practice Status” to Student/Resident/Fellow in the dropdown.
  2. Once your profile and account is finalized, go to “Available Live Activities” and choose the appropriate registration form.
    1. NESA Faculty, NESA Student, Standard
  1. Proceed to payment.
  2. An automated confirmation email will be sent to the email address in your profile that includes the amount paid. For a more detailed transaction receipt, please email



A short video of BFA in the US Military


A solution to reduce opioid consumption. BFA was recognized in 2019 as a solution to fight the opioid crisis by the Association of American Medical Colleges and presented in the documentary Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare in 2012. In this excerpt you can see the insertion of ASP® needles at 4:26





The Battlefield Acupuncture Seminar schedule


The morning part (9:00 am to 12:00 pm) of the seminar is didactic, with the afternoon segment (1:30pm to 5:00 pm) of seminar consisting of hands on learning and clinical treatment of patients. Here is how the seminar is structured:


8:30 am check in and registration opens.

9:00 am the seminar begins.

10:30 am break for 15 minutes

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm lunch break

1:30 pm to 4:30 clinical treatment of patients

3:30 pm 15-minute break

4:30 pm finish clinical treatments

4:30 to 5:00 pm discussion on the day’s treatments and results followed by Q&A. 

5:00 pm the seminar ends. Please feel free to stay after class to ask us any questions you may have.



Day 1 – Course content (Basic BFA Training)


Illusions of the Ear

The history of Acupuncture and Auriculotherapy in the US

Point theory behind BFA.

History of Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) and what conditions can it treat?

Why use BFA?

Types of Needles used and why.

Needle Insertion techniques

Point Location and Function

Clinical Cut-Offs and Delayed Response

Ear Care and Follow-up 


Day 2 – Course content (Advanced BFA Training)


Review of Basic Battlefield Acupuncture Protocol 

The Illusions of the Ear

Incorporating Nogier’s Phases into BFA

Paul Nogier’s auriculotherapy phases 

When to consider using Advanced Battlefield Acupuncture

Pairing and Clustering of BFA Needles

Incorporating Devices to enhance clinical outcomes

Types of Needles used in BFA and Why

Needle Insertion techniques

How and when to apply Advanced BFA in your clinical practice successfully

Successfully implementing auriculotherapy into your practice

Ear Care and Follow-up with BFA

Questions and Answers



Some studies & articles on BFA:




*Provider #1115, Auriculotherapy Seminars, 240-413-9211

Refund Policy:

Up to Two (2) months before classes, refunded at 75%

Up to Seven (7) weeks before classes, refunded at 50%

Up to Five (5) weeks before classes, refunded at 25%

Less than (5) weeks before classes, there is no refund

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