PTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from exposure to a traumatic event. The disorder results in several different symptoms including anxiety, irritability, insomnia and flashbacks. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone’s life can be far reaching. Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon. Getting help can be hard at first, but can have a great impact on the life of someone struggling with PTSD.
A recent study looking into the benefits of acupuncture for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has shown promising results. Researchers investigated acupuncture benefits in relation to normal treatment approaches and the results showed significant improvement. Studies in the past have shown that veterans with PTSD are wary of seeking treatment for PTSD as many do not believe that mental healthcare and natural remedies can be effective. Researchers hope that with the increased efficacy of the adjunctive acupuncture treatment, veterans will be less reticent towards seeking treatment for PTSD including acupuncture heath care and holistic healing.
The acupuncture treatment also saw secondary benefits for those treated wit this natural remedy as many reported a decrease in depression and pain as well as a general improvement in mental and physical well-being. PTSD can be debilitating and even more so with little or no treatment.
The Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) is a unique program that provides free community acupuncture health care for veterans and active duty soldiers with PTSD and their family members.
Treatment in a MSRP clinic is unique for several reasons. Patients are treated in a group setting. There is an environment of calmness and support. The patients are treated using the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, a series of 5 needles placed in one ear. The program is designed to address all the needs of people with PTSD.
The MSRP clinics have been very successful. Patients report stress reduction, improved mental clarity, improved energy, enhanced performance, better sleep, fewer bad dreams and headaches. Acupuncture treatments also helped soldiers anxiety and depression, reduced anger and pain, improved general health and better relationships.
Those suffering from PTSD should consult a doctor about treatment and discuss the option of visiting a licensed acupuncturist as well because of the successful treatments using natural remedies.
Michael McClure is a licensed acupuncturist working out of North Olmsted, OH. For more information please contact Michael or visit his site here.
2185 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070