Why does acupuncture help the symptoms of PTSD? Acupuncture is well known for its ability to relieve stress. Correctly placed needles help the body re-regulate itself from the effects of stress, PTSD, depression and anxiety. In turn, this allows the individual to focus on their activities and enable them to deal with daily events.
A pilot study shows that acupuncture may help people with posttraumatic stress disorder. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened. Traumatic events that may trigger PTSD include violent personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat.
Elizabeth Peterson, a former combat medic and owner of Acupuncture for Soldiers, agrees that acupuncture works best for PTSD patients when used in conjunction with traditional therapy.
Changping Yao is a longtime acupuncture practitioner working to provide innovative therapies to treat Parkinson’s disease and its related complications.