Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is a type of anxiety disorder that develops when a person experiences a traumatic situation. These situations cause extreme fear or helplessness in a person, such examples being childhood abuse, war, life-changing accident, rape, or a severe natural disaster. If a person has post-traumatic stress disorder, some of the symptoms they may have include hyperarousal (when the nervous system is in a high state of alert or anxiety), intrusive thoughts (flashbacks of the traumatic happening), avoidance (when the person avoids anything relating to the traumatic event, or complete apathy.
Treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with Acupuncture
Acupuncture is a proven method used to help treat the symptoms of and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder itself. Those affected the most by this disorder are usually military personnel or war veterans who find that acupuncture has even calmed the most sever causes. Due to this, the military launched a stress recovery project known as Acupuncturists Without Borders to provide free acupuncture sessions for veterans returning to the United States from Afghanistan and Iraq. Their families are also permitted to get treatment done if necessary. This project has proved to be necessary due its success of improving the mentality, stress, and anxiety levels of veterans. It has also caused veteran hospitals to research acupuncture and make it an official treatment.
The way acupuncture works for post-traumatic stress disorder is same as how it works for normal stress-related problems mentioned previously in this article. Acupuncturists will place thin, sterile needles in certain points of your body in order to adjust the life energy and get it back to its best condition. Although it isn’t possible to completely erase a traumatic event from a person’s life, it can still be managed with treatments like acupuncture or alternative medicines. Oriental methods like Qi Gong and Tui Na exercises along with acupuncture will help you start focusing on more important activities, calm the mind, manage the symptoms caused by stress, boost the overall wellness of a person, and greatly increase the quality of life.