How can 5 ear acupuncture needles treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Acupuncture is a medicine of peace. In addition to treat pain and muscular-skeletal symptoms, it has tremendous impact on helping patients with anxiety, depression, insomnia and many more. Clinically, it has helped my patients be less dependent on anxiety, depression and sleeping medications or their doctors have weaned them off those medications completely.
What is PTSD?
According to National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.
PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic incidents, such as mugging, rape, torture, being kidnapped or held captive, child abuse, car accidents, train wrecks, plane crashes, bombings, or natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes.
How are veterans, active military and first responders affected by PTSD?
Truthfully, wars devastate all parties involved and first responders generally do not see pretty things when they respond to a crisis or human tragedy. Untreated trauma leads to violence, substance abuse, crime, homelessness, depression, anxiety and more – affecting individuals, families, communities and nations – and perpetuating cycles of trauma.
What are some of the positive benefits of ear acupuncture?
Recipients have reported a full night’s sleep for the first time in years and fewer bad dreams. They are reporting improved mental clarity, less anxiety and reduction in stress. Some are reporting reduction in headaches and sciatica.
Where do we place the needles?
Up to five sterile needles are placed on each ear and we follow closely the protocol set by National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). The ear protocol is extremely powerful in alleviating symptoms of acute stress and trauma. Recipients are encouraged to relax and close their eyes for 30 minutes as the acupuncture does its work. Group treatment creates a sense of community and commonality and the energy of the group enhances the treatment for everyone.
Healing Circle Veterans Acupuncture Project (HCVAP)
Healing Circle Community Acupuncture announced the launch of its Veterans Acupuncture Project (HCVAP) providing, FREE acupuncture treatments to veterans, active military, first responders and their immediate family members. Beginning on September 10, 2013 the clinic will be dedicated to treating veterans and service members each Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The goal of this project is to help alleviate some of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) experienced by combat veterans and active duty, both its degree and severity, over time. The acupuncture treatments will focus on reducing anxiety, stress, sleep disorders, violence, suicides, substance abuse and other difficulties often experienced by those with untreated PTSD.
Please call (909) 590-4183 to reserve your spot. Treatments are free. Donations welcome!