Alternative Treatment for PTSD

by Suzanne Grosser

Alternative treatment seeks to reunite the broken pieces of your body and spirit, to create a new, whole you. The approach here is the opposite of what you are familiar with if you live in the West. Traditional Western medicine seeks to fix the broken parts to cure the whole person. These therapies treat the whole person, thereby curing the parts.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is about balancing the energy in the body. When the entire body system is balanced, you experience good health, both physical and mental. When you are not in balance, you experience anxiety, fear, anger, and a host of other unpleasant emotions. You also will have physical problems – muscle tension, sleep disorders, headaches, digestive problems and chronic pain.

The eastern explanation for why acupuncture works is that it re-aligns your body’s chi or life energy by removing blocks and redirecting chi into a balanced flow. The western explanation for why acupuncture works is that it relieves pressure on over-stressed, misaligned nerves and muscles caused by physical injury or mental tension.

I have not tried acupuncture for PTSD. I did choose acupuncture treatment for asthma and it was much more effective than traditional medicine. I was able to ditch the inhaler and its side effects.

This treatment has become more acceptable in recent years with most insurance companies covering the cost. Acupuncturist are now licensed as medical practitioners, so find one licensed to practice in your state. Like all medical practitioners, some are better than others. Some will have a personality that meshes with yours – others will not. If the first one you visit is not to your liking, see another one. This is a therapy worth trying.

You can search here for an acupuncturist near you.

EFT Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping

It involves focusing on a negative emotion and then sequentially tapping a series of acupuncture points on your body. I experimented with this, but it wasn’t effective for me. Several months later, I went to a physical therapist who used this same technique as part of the treatment, and it was very effective. He directed me to this site for more information.

NLP neuro-linguistic programming

This alternative treats PTSD on multiple levels – beginning with your “map” of reality. Your map determines the way you see the world, hence the choices you make, and the behaviors you exhibit. These will have physical results in your body. Your map into thoughts into results is a continuous feedback loop. If you have PTSD, your system keeps looping back over thoughts and results that you do not want. NLP steps in to update your map and examine your thoughts. Seeing the world differently is what happens when you experience trauma, so this makes sense to me. I have not tried this one, nor do I know anyone who has. But it might be worth looking into if you can’t get past your experience.

EMDR

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing works for most people. In EMDR, the therapist encourages you to recall a specific part of your trauma, and your thoughts about that incident. While you do that, the therapist takes actions that make your brain switch back and forth between the right and left halves. I have seen this work It usually produces results more quickly than other alternative treatments and hence is becoming more popular.

Conclusion

As the number of PTSD sufferers rises, new alternatives to traditional therapy are being tested and introduced more rapidly. Be open-minded, but not gullible. While effective new alternative treatments are being developed, there are also scam artists out there who want to take advantage of the vulnerability of trauma victims.

Take charge of your PTSD treatment. Seek out the best in both traditional and alternative therapies. If one doesn’t work, another one may. Don’t give up on yourself. You can get better. It won’t be easy. You are in for the fight of your life, but it is a fight for your life. You only lose if you give up.

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