When you have been through a traumatic event, whether you have been the victim of a violent crime or accident, been in a warzone, or suffered from physical or mental abuse, it is not uncommon for you to suffer from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder). And while counseling and therapy are the primary treatments for this mental health condition, there may be additional treatments and therapies that can help relieve some of the symptoms and help you manage the stress and anxiety that are associated with such trauma. Get to know some of these additional treatments that are offered through alternative medicine so that you can feel more like yourself as soon as possible.
Acupuncture is an alternative medicine practice that has its roots in the ancient Chinese medicine that began developing thousands of years ago. The basic philosophy of acupuncture is based on the concept that the human body operates and functions using a series of flowing energies. The energy moves from one area of the body to another much the way blood flows and is pumped through the veins.
When a trauma occurs, the normal flow of energy is blocked or disrupted, causing the body (and subsequently, the mind) to fall out of balance. An acupuncturist will treat these imbalances using tiny needles that are inserted into specific hubs of energy throughout the body. This is designed to stimulate the body to rebalance itself.
With PTSD, acupuncture can help a person to relieve tension and stress and to at least temporarily stop thinking about their troubles and relax. Many of the acupuncture points associated with treating PTSD are in the ears, although points in the hands, torso, and elsewhere on the head may also aid in healing from PTSD.
Yoga and Meditation
Yoga and meditation are also ancient forms of alternative medicine. The practice of yoga involves working through a series of flowing body movements as well as stationary poses and stretches while practicing mindfulness and meditative breathing. Meditation alone involves highly focused stillness and breathing techniques.
The idea behind yoga is to focus the mind and body as one fostering a connection between the two and keeping the mind on the present moment rather than on the past or the future. Such practices can help to break the vicious cycle of PTSD and the reliving of trauma and anxiety and fear that accompany the disorder.
In order for yoga and meditation to be their most effective, you will need to attend regular sessions with a trainer or meditation expert. Classes or group settings work best, but individual sessions are also an option to learn the techniques that will help you keep calm and focus your mind and reconnect the mind to the body.
Now that you know a few of the alternative medicine treatments for PTSD, you can try to incorporate them into your PTSD recovery program and get yourself feeling better and more in control sooner rather than later.