Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Acupuncture is honestly a fantastic treatment option for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. This Clinic in West End was inspired by my own experience and successful healing through Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Many people are unaware that Acupuncture can treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We have numerous clinical trials on it, documenting its effectiveness. These demonstrate Acupuncture to be equal with the most utilised, most successful psychological treatment of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Acupuncture has also been shown to significantly improve outcomes for patients, including so -called ‘secondary’ outcomes of reduced depression and pain, and improved sleep, physical and mental functioning. Patients receiving Acupuncture showed significant improvements over those receiving standard care only.

The US military have utilised Acupuncture in the treatment of PTSD for returning war veterans for the last two decades.They haven’t done it for the ‘light relaxation’ that many people associate with Acupuncture. They haven’t done it for no reason, or a vague hunch. They’ve done it because they know that it works. And as someone who has had PTSD myself, and treated others with PTSD, I know it works. Its not ‘placebo’, its not random, and its not coincidence.

PTSD sufferers, in particular, demonstrate a much higher level of activation of the sympathetic and autonomic nervous system, otherwise known as hyper vigilance. Simply, this state of hyper arousal and the feedback loop it creates activates the well known ‘fight or flight response’, resulting in many of the symptoms well known and experienced with the condition.

PTSD, unlike many other conditions, tends to escalate, not wind down over time. The whirlwind can and will turn into a tornado. This is a unique property of nervous system disorders and can be both surprising, and confusing. They have an effect on the natural balance of many body systems, not just one, which is why they are so difficult to treat – with Western Medicine. As numerous studies on the mechanism of action of Acupuncture have demonstrated, we sedate and regulate, and maintain homeostasis of the nervous system. Additionally, due to the holistic nature of Chinese Medicine, treatment and improvement of many apparently unrelated symptoms is not only possible, but completely logical. We treat both symptoms and the cause, because we look at the individual and their unique pattern of disharmony. This is what we do best!

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Young-Dae Kim, In Heo, Byung-Cheul Shin,Cindy Crawford, Hyung-Won Kang, and Jung-Hwa Lim. Acupuncture for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Prospective Clinical Trials. School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University, Yangsan 626-870, Republic of Korea