Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is defined as an anxiety disorder triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. There are 5.2 million U.S. adults aged 18 to 54 who suffer from PTSD during the course of a given year, with women twice as likely as men to develop it. People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, and feel detached or estranged, and these symptoms can be severe enough and last long enough to significantly impair the person’s daily life. We can characterize PTSD as a dysfunction of the body’s stress-coping system, which could lead to depression, substance abuse, and suicidal thoughts.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is being seen in persons whose work exposes them to traumatic events or who treat trauma survivors. These occupations include military personnel, firefighters, police officers, emergency medicine specialists, search-and rescue personnel, and disaster investigators. PTSD is also seen in survivors of serious accidents, natural disasters, neglect, or physical, verbal or sexual assault in adult- or childhood.
It can be subdivided into three categories: re-experiencing the trauma (intrusive memories), the numbing of affect and the avoidance of trauma-related stimuli (emotional numbing), and symptoms of excessive arousal not present before the event (increased arousal). Some of the physiological effects of PTSD include a higher heart resting rate, higher resting blood pressure, cognitive and mood disturbances, and abnormal changes in cortisol and norepinephrine (a hormone similar to adrenaline and “The Stress Hormone”, respectively).
Acupuncture can assist in alleviating some of the ailments related to PTSD such as anxiety/panic disorders, depression, insomnia, and mental fogginess. In more severe cases that are interfering with daily activities and responsibilities over the long term, acupuncture can work in conjunction with other treatments such as therapy or medication, helping to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment and minimize side effects.
Fatigue is another common symptom associated with depression or PTSD. When the body doesn’t move, more problems arise. Inactivity is associated with chronic medical conditions like hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and osteoporosis. This could lead to depression and helplessness. PTSD sufferers commonly express a feeling of helplessness.
Acupuncture helps to improve fatigue immediately, after the first treatment. Often patients remark that for even other primary concerns, fatigue was the first improvement they noticed. That is encouraging, and helps them continue further treatments for the other perhaps more stubborn symptoms. Acupuncture is of great benefit to all those looking for relief of many ailments, from the basic to the complex, the emotional and the physical.
Acupuncture does help to identify causes and relevant events with effects residing in the body memory. It is good to pinpoint some of the stressed and traumatized areas, release and reduce the levels of stress, so a new level of calm and comfort is gained. Point sites may be on the upper back, neck, lower back, hands or feet. Acupuncture is good for reducing anger, fear, sadness, worry, anxiety, depression, and stress of all kinds.
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