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Do you suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? Try Acupuncture and find out it does help Patients With PTSD.

By: Dr Tukmachi, Clinical Director of Acumedica Clinics


The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is chronic type of anxiety disorder which affect patients who exposed to certain physical and/or emotional traumatic events (for example: rape, childhood abuse, fear, horror, tragic loss of some body you love).

The clinical picture of such disorder is commonly started with signs and symptom either after short period of traumatic incidence or it could occur years after the traumatic stress. The patient with (PSTD)is usually showing the following signs and symptoms:

A. Physical symptoms:
lethargy
weakness
tiredness
easy fatigue and
Stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
Lack of concentration
B. Emotional and psychological symptoms:
Disturbed memories - nightmares and flashbacks of bad events.
Disturbed emotion with feeling numb with hopelessness about future
Feeling anxious which then turned into anxiety, irritability or anger which may lead to self-destruction (overindulgence in food, alcohol, smoking, or drugs).
Panic attack

In recent years there has been an increasing interest in acupuncture for treatment of (PTSD) among public and medical professions. The Chinese acupuncture treatment has been used successfully for patients in military service and particularly for veteran soldiers who were usually at a high risk for developing PTSD when they had been serving in war events ( such as veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as their families). Also acupuncture was used with excellent results for treatment of peoples who survived the natural disasters (for example the survivors of : hurricane in New Orleans and earthquake in Haiti) .Acupuncture has been offered to those survivors which resulted in improvement of mental clarity with much less anxiety and a reduction in severity of stress.
The medical researchers at Walter Reed Medical Center in USA indicated that acupuncture which has been used for treatment of returning veterans from war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan was viable and with successful outcome. Another clinical trial study was conducted at University of Louisville School of Medicine, to explore the effects of acupuncture on the symptoms of PTSD. They have analyzed depression, anxiety, and mental impairment in 73 people who had been diagnosed with PTSD. They divided the patients in that study into two groups: one group was to receive acupuncture and second group was to receive gnitive-behavioral therapy (a popular psychological treatment for PTSD) for 12 weeks. Their findings indicated that both acupuncture and Cognitive Behavioral therapy were superior to those in the control group. Furthermore, the effects of acupuncture were lasted for 3 months after the end of treatment. Very recently, an article was published by Reuters which stated that the Defense Secretary Robert Gates as saying, "We have an experimental unit ... treating soldiers with PTS (post-traumatic stress) and using a number of unorthodox approaches, including aroma therapy, acupuncture, things like that, that really are getting some serious results."

It is known that all types of stresses are often the cause of illness and the deterioration of health. For example, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger could have negative effects on the immune system to allow pathogens attacking the body. According to Chinese acupuncture medicine, the energy blockages in the meridians which are resulted from pathogens can be treated by needling the points along those meridians to help energy flow smoothly and alleviate both the symptoms of stress and anxiety and the stress and anxiety themselves. Acupuncture also enhances and improves the blood circulation, decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.Furthermore, Chinese acupuncture provides a wide range of tools (such as exercises, dietary therapy, meditations) and techniques that help your wellness plan to keep stress in check.
If you suffer from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, acupuncture may be what you’ve been looking for to ease your problems and to restore your health and vitality. Please call us today.