PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a disorder in which a person has difficultly recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. Many associate PTSD with war veterans but the types of traumatic events that can trigger PTSD can range anywhere from a car accident to a terrorist attack, natural disaster, or a life-threatening medical diagnosis. Any situation causing emotional, physical, or mental trauma can result in PTSD.
Over the last year, I believe we have all experienced tragic, terrifying events—from the fear and isolation of COVID-19 to racial injustices, the presidential election, and recently, the insurrection here in D.C. followed by a heavy military presence.
As we are working to regroup and move forward, it is important to recognize how this last year has affected you and look for symptoms of PTSD. Personally, I have seen a spike in those with insomnia, depression, digestive issues, hopelessness, and issues related to feeling out of control. Other signs that you may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can include severe anxiety, intrusive memories, avoidance, negative thoughts, and changes in physical and emotional reactions.
If you have been suffering from any of these symptoms, specifically for over a month, or if you feel like you are having trouble getting your life back under control, know that you are not alone in this. I believe a majority of D.C. feels the same way. It is important to talk to a doctor or mental health professional.
You may also want to consider incorporating acupuncture into your life. Acupuncture can help you process your emotions from the past year, help stop overthinking, and reduce the stress our city has caused so many of us to feel.
How Acupuncture Can Help Those With PTSD
The art of acupuncture has been proven to help those with stress and stress-related illnesses, including PTSD and its symptoms. Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, supporting nerve channels, assisting the flow of oxygen-enriched energy, and relaxing the body system. This traditional Chinese form of medicine can help with:
- Getting higher-quality sleep
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing depression
- Balancing the immune system
- Reducing stress
- Improving headaches
- Increasing energy and motivation
- Improving indigestion
- Increasing physical movement and reducing pain
- Gaining a greater sense of well-being
The most common form of acupuncture for PTSD involves ear acupuncture, or auricular acupuncture, and scalp acupuncture. The points used to relieve PTSD symptoms are responsible for controlling specific areas of the brain that are related to nervous system functioning as well as stress hormones.
At Earley Wellness, I always personalize your acupuncture treatments. When it comes to treating PTSD, my process will depend on the person and how they react to their trauma. I can develop an individualized treatment plan aimed at relieving both mental symptoms as well as fostering a greater balance in those seeking help.
Studying Acupuncture for PTSD
Ongoing research on the positive effects of acupuncture for PTSD continues to rise. In recent years, the Pentagon has been studying the benefits of acupuncture, specifically on soldiers who suffer from PTSD. They found that combat veterans were relieved of their symptoms, including reduced depression and pain. The improvements were found to be both significant and rapid.
Another recent study found that Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture, can be used to treat the disease itself rather than only the symptoms. According to their research, acupuncture can affect the autonomic nervous system, and the prefrontal as well as limbic brain structures, making it able to relieve patients of PTSD.
Why Choose Acupuncture for PTSD?
Acupuncture is a drug-free treatment dating back hundreds of centuries ago. It supports the body in its own natural healing abilities by improving the flow of energy throughout your body and creating balance.
If you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD, or other stress-related illnesses such as insomnia, depression, or anxiety in the DC area, contact Earley Wellness Group today. We work in partnership with our client to address the root causes of stress and balance the body with acupuncture, herbs, and providing constant support for making necessary lifestyle changes.