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Psychiatrist Capt. Robert Koffman has more than 20 years of operational medicine and combat stress expertise, but he’s probably best known for sticking lots of needles in special operators.

Koffman, a mental health expert at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md., uses acupuncture to treat troops with ongoing psychological complications from traumatic brain injuries.

Talk therapy and medication have their place, he said, but he’s seen firsthand how alternative treatments such as acupuncture and meditation have helped troops manage their anxiety and chronic pain.

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