After Shock: How TCM Can Treat PTSD

PTSD Awareness Month – June 2020

Intense shock can lead to long term mental illness. Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex and debilitating condition. June marks PTSD Awareness Month – learn more about how you can support patients living with this complex psychological disorder. 

What is PTSD?

Since antiquity it has been understood that intense shock can be linked to long term illness. As early as 490 BC the Greek philosopher Herodotus described how an Athenian warrior went permanently blind after witnessing the killing of a soldier standing next to him. In more recent years soldiers returning from WWI and II were described as “Shell Shocked” – meaning that they acted detached and were volatile and unhappy. They often remained like this for years after the end of war. These soldiers were clearly living with PTSD long before it was officially recognised by the American Psychiatric Association in 1980.

PTSD is a complex psychological disorder that can be the result of experiencing a traumatic event either directly or indirectly: A victim of abuse could develop PTSD as a direct result of the abuse they suffered, equally a juror at an abuse trial could develop it indirectly after hearing about the abuse in great detail. PTSD can also be be the result of experiencing a series of negative situations or unhappy emotions for an prolonged period. It remains to be seen whether our Post Covid-19 clinics will see an upsurge in cases of PTSD triggered by the ongoing long term experience of loneliness and anxiety suffered by so many.

In late February 2020, The Lancet published a review of 24 studies documenting the psychological impact of quarantine. The findings offer a glimpse of what is brewing in hundreds of millions of households around the world and what we as clinicians need to be prepared to treat.

People diagnosed with PTSD describe disturbing thoughts and intensely upsetting feelings that relate to their traumatic experience. These may be experienced long after the traumatic event has ended and can be relived as vivid flashbacks. In the US military demands for PTSD services for its veterans are at unprecedented levels and are climbing every year. Many people with PTSD are unable to work for long periods of time and this has an impact on both them and also their families.

Acupuncture can help PTSD

A recent small scale study into the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment on ex service people living with PTSD demonstrated extremely significant reductions in both symptoms of PTSD and symptoms of anxiety and depression. 90% of the veterans observed before treatment displayed symptoms so severe that they were classified as having PTSD, but not one of the same group were classified as having PTSD following six weeks of treatment.

Find out how you can support patients with PTSD in your clinic:

These two courses are offered with 20% discount for the month of June.

  • Expand your understanding of the psyche in TCM
  • Consider the consequences of a traumatic event from both TCM  and Western medicine perspectives
  • Understand human defense mechanisms
  • Learn new acupuncture strategies
  • Transform the lives of traumatized patients 

Treat the Shen and transform emotions by Dr Bartosz Chmielnicki

Traumatic Stress: Management of physical and psychological trauma with acupuncture
by Dr Hamid Montakab
  • Discover more about acupuncture points used for treating the Shen and their practical application.
  • Diagnose and treat suffering on both physical and psycho-emotional levels.
  • Support your patients emotions, Shen and heart

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