An Effective New Approach for PTSD & Anxiety
Within one to five treatments patients with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have shown significant improvement. A reduction in anxiety, depression, irritability, anger and fatigue as well as improved sleep is all common with Neuro-Acupuncture.
What is Neuro-Acupuncture?
Neuro-Acupuncture, also known as scalp acupuncture, is “a contemporary acupuncture technique integrating traditional Chinese needling methods with Western biomedical neurology. Neuro-Acupuncture has proven to be the most effective technique for treating acute and chronic central nervous system disorders, including: stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, PTSD, Cerebral Palsy, and Autism. Patients often experience remarkable results with just a few needles, bringing about immediate improvement.” For more information, visit www.NeuroAcupunctureInstitute.org.
Neuro-Acupuncture is a very safe technique. It is sometimes referred to as scalp acupuncture because many of the points used are on the scalp. These points are correlated to a specific part of the brain and stimulate areas associated with motor, sensory, or other functional impairment. Stimulating specific areas help restore connections and lost abilities.
I’ve been practicing acupuncture for over 12 years and am a faculty member at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture. I really enjoy working with people who experience the symptoms of PTSD because they feel so much better from my treatments. They leave my office feeling relaxed, hopeful, and a better sense of well-being.
When I learned about Neuro-Acupuncture I got really excited! It made sense to me, the
research was there, and I saw people getting results. I believed it could help me reach even
more people so I went to the training. And it’s proving to be true! My first patient I applied it to has been dealing with anxiety and depression for at least 6 years. She’s 90 years old and has balance issues as well. During the first treatment she was able to quickly walk straight down the hall without a struggle. When she returned for her second treatment she was excited to report that she hadn’t felt this good in years! She had been going on walks again, felt upbeat and positive, and wanted to engage in her life again. She was thrilled!
Another patient who experienced a traumatic event this year began having outbursts of rage. He was unable to control his reactions when he became triggered. Sleep was difficult, anxiety was always present, and motivation was hardly there. I began treating him with 5-Element acupuncture. His episodes of rage immediately reduced from 1 to 2 every couple of weeks to 1 episode in 4 weeks that was greatly reduced in intensity and duration. I then began using Neuro-Acupuncture and his sleep returned to normal. At this point he added counseling. After a couple of months he was enjoying more time with friends again and feeling more like himself while his anger and anxiety continues to lessen. He’s getting his life back!
Important Additional Strategies
My approach is unique. In my experience I have found that combining other types of
acupuncture with Neuro-Acupuncture can be extremely helpful. This may include 5-Element and auricular (ear). These will round out the effects of the treatment making it more comprehensive and bringing about better results.
When appropriate, herbs and supplements will be recommended.
As always, food plays an important role:
Sugar, refined foods, alcohol, caffeine = Stress and inflammation = More anxiety and depression
Whole foods = Balance mood and increase clarity and calm energy. Eat meats, complex carbohydrates like squash and whole grains, and good quality fat like avocado, nuts, seeds and non-refined oils. Good fats feed the brain and nervous system.
In many cases, the combination of my Neuro-Acupuncture treatments and counseling with one
of our talented therapists at Strength in Motion can help you or your loved ones overcome the crippling effects of PTSD and anxiety.
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