While commonly connected to those who have served in the military, post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD, can impact anyone who has suffered from violence or emotional trauma. The National Institute of Mental Health defines PTSD this way, “Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can develop after exposure to a potentially traumatic event that is beyond a typical stressor.” According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approximately 12 million adults in the U.S. suffer from PTSD during a given year.
Research has shown that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a fantastic fit for PTSD reduces anxiety and stress levels. TCM is also a great treatment option for those suffering from other health issues because of PTSD (i.e., insomnia, digestive issues, headaches, stress and anxiety, etc.).
How it Works
Typically, TCM treatment for PTSD will focus on specific auricular (ear) points that focus on different areas of the brain. Some address the emotions, memories, or even amnesia. When the provider stimulates that point, the patient can find relief from symptoms.
Perhaps a surprising reason TCM for PTSD is so popular is that it allows the person suffering from the trauma to receive help without having to go into detail about the cause of the trauma. While a full medical health history is taken, not having to relive the trauma helps patients to feel safe and perhaps a bit more relaxed.
One of the most complicated components of dealing with the treatment of PTSD is also reigning in the symptoms that result from it including depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, chronic pain, and other mental health concerns, just to name a few. The good news is that TCM has a proven track record of success in treating these issues.
Each person with PTSD is different, however, depression and anxiety are often present, and both can manifest in physical and emotional symptoms. This is often an indication of an imbalance of Qi in the body. Qi is defined as the body’s energy pathways flowing through channels in the body called meridians. When Chi is balanced and flowing through the meridian network, our bodies operate optimally. When Qi isn’t balanced, depression, anxiety, loss of appetite, high blood pressure, and even digestive issues can be present.
Many people who suffer from PTSD also have insomnia or other sleep issues. TCM has also been proven to increase serotonin levels which helps to improve sleep as well as mood. It’s an effective drug-free treatment without the side effects often caused by prescription medications.
Chronic pain is often another complaint of those with PTSD and it can be debilitating for those suffering from it as it directly impacts their quality of life. People often treat chronic pain with anti-inflammatory medications (both prescription and over the counter), physical therapy, or with ice and heat, but those options don’t always provide long lasting relief.
Whether you suffer from PTSD or any of the associated symptoms, TCM is an excellent prescription drug-free treatment option to help address a variety of health concerns. Even if you are looking to achieve better overall balance in your life, consistent TCM treatments just might be the solution you need. Make an appointment with your practitioner today. Your practitioner will do a thorough health history in order to get to the bottom of the symptoms. Call today and get your wellness journey back on track!