Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat. Any situation causing emotional, physical or mental trauma can result in PTSD. The use of acupuncture for PTSD has been scientifically proven to show reduced anxiety levels and stress in individuals. In the past few years acupuncture has been shown to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD.

A study published in June 2007 in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease showed that acupuncture “provided large treatment effects for PTSD” similar to those seen after counseling and therapy. The study also showed that acupuncture was able to reduce PTSD symptoms, while also continuing to reduce those symptoms even three months after treatment ended PTSD symptoms can be extremely disruptive to daily life and can include depression, anger, persistent frightening thoughts and memories, sleep problems and a feeling of numbness or detachment. Now, the U.S. military is effectively treating PTSD with alternative therapies. Other major problems seen from warfare which acupuncture is also used for are: acute and chronic pain, acute and chronic stress disorders, and side effects from a concussion.

In an effort to find new ways to effectively fight PTSD, the U.S. Department of Defense is employing counseling programs and is exploring alternative treatments, including acupuncture. Innovative PTSD programs launched at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, in 2007 are believed to be the first comprehensive efforts of their kind in the military – importantly, they combine alternative therapies and traditional treatments for soldiers with PTSD.

When considering treatment therapies for PTSD, stress, anxiety, or other emotional issues acupuncture is non invasive and effective treatment. It is free of side effects commonly seen from prescription medications and offers a plethora of other health benefits by treating the whole person.

Originally posted by CDA Press