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What are some good holistic approaches to dealing with PTSD?

Asked 1/22/2021 18:49 by Constance B.
Brian Balke, C.Ht.

Brian Balke, C.Ht.

Answered 1/22/2021 18:52

If you are suffering from PTSD, talk to your doctor and psychotherapist about adding hypnotherapy to your treatment program. If they agree – or if you are eager for other methods to address PTS – hypnotherapy is powerful a tool for reconnecting with the love that surrounds us all. Through hypnotherapy, the subconscious is made part of the known effective therapies for PTS and PTSD: Innoculation. Therapy builds habits that soothe fear; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy breaks down guilt and shame; and as self-esteem improves, Exposure Therapy allows us to find good in the situations that we’ve been avoiding. The persistent threat of violence, witnessing violence committed against others, and natural disasters: all threaten our core belief in safety. Our subconscious clamors for our conscious mind to make certain that never happens again. Our Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) steals life’s wonderful surprises. For those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the fear response takes over. The sights and sounds of the traumatic experience are brought back when a car horn sounds, or a waitress serves a certain sandwich at another table. PTSD sufferers withdraw from the world.

Joyce Rockwood, C.C.H

Joyce Rockwood, C.C.H

Answered 1/31/2021 19:26

I love this question and if this is you then I empathize. Often times women come to me to work through and heal from PTSD and are looking for holistic approaches and natural remedies. Whether it's trauma, fear, anxiety, depression, stress, worry, or phobias, essential oils are a truly profound way to support a re-wiring of the brain and support new emotional responses. The reason for this is that the essential oils are lipid soluble and can penetrate the cell membrane and the blood-brain barrier. To explain how they work: The oils enter the sinus cavity through the nostrils where the tiny aromatic compounds are transported to the brain's limbic system where trauma/memories and scent are all processed in the same place. When we work together, we introduce various essential oils that trigger neural responses in the brain so you can begin to rewire your thoughts. For example, citrus oils typically elevate our mood, make us feel happy, joyful, and creative while the tree oils support us in being more grounded and rooted in times of uncertainty or want to calm our mind, relax or sleep. As a gut health coach I've worked with countless individuals over the years who have come to me for natural solutions to their mental health struggles. Happy to say, we've been able to turn things around using plant-based options so they could avoid the unwanted side-effects of medication. What you might come to discover is the joy of working with these precious gifts the earth provides and how easy the oils are to integrate into what might be an already busy lifestyle. Plus, you get to smell like a spa of your own design! : ) The truth is you can create a neural response in your brain in under 30 seconds. And if you're someone who happens not to be drawn in by scent, then there are other ways of implementing the medical grade I work with. While essential oils are not the "cure" they are a vital tool in the healing process for people who might be struggling w/ PTSD; inclusively, they have no side-effects and are extremely cost-effective. What have you been working with so far that has helped?

Laura Zane-Nwagbaraocha, MA, LMHC

Laura Zane-Nwagbaraocha, MA, LMHC

Answered 2/13/2021 19:07

HI. There are several holistic ways that you can address PTSD. First, getting a good holistic team, including a therapist and psychiatrist that are knowledgeable not just about PTSD, but holistic alternatives to medication. Finding a good acupuncturist can help, as acupuncture can help with both anxiety and depression, which is part of PTSD. They can also help provide herbals to help support your adrenals, which due to being in a constant state of flight/fight/freeze are often taxed by PTSD. Lastly, there have been great successes with eye movement therapies and PTSD, these include Eye Moment Desensitizantion and Reprocessing (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) as well as hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I will usually also recommend some kind of bodywork, such as trauma-informed yoga or reiki to help my clients move through the body memories. Know that there are solutions out there! Love and healing to you!

Laura Zane-Nwagbaraocha, MA, LMHC

Laura Zane-Nwagbaraocha, MA, LMHC

Answered 2/13/2021 19:07

HI. There are several holistic ways that you can address PTSD. First, getting a good holistic team, including a therapist and psychiatrist that are knowledgeable not just about PTSD, but holistic alternatives to medication. Finding a good acupuncturist can help, as acupuncture can help with both anxiety and depression, which is part of PTSD. They can also help provide herbals to help support your adrenals, which due to being in a constant state of flight/fight/freeze are often taxed by PTSD. Lastly, there have been great successes with eye movement therapies and PTSD, these include Eye Moment Desensitizantion and Reprocessing (EMDR), Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) and Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) as well as hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. I will usually also recommend some kind of bodywork, such as trauma-informed yoga or reiki to help my clients move through the body memories. Know that there are solutions out there! Love and healing to you!

Janis E. McKinstry, MA

Janis E. McKinstry, MA

Answered 2/16/2021 18:03

Hi Constance, thank you for your question. It's difficult to suggest an approach to treating PTSD without knowing the person who is suffering with it. There are several approaches that are helpful including Hypnosis, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, EFT, Yoga, & Mindfulness and a skilled practitioner will be able to help find the best one for each individual. All the best to you!

Cate Brandt

Cate Brandt

Answered 2/21/2021 14:38

With everything being of energy, the best way is to naturalize the energy that is around the person. PTSD is an emotional response first which then can trigger physical reactions. The trauma that happened to a person is now a trigger within them. A car backfiring sounds like a gun going off, the trigger is the sound the emotional response is fear and the physical response can be for example squatting down with hands over head. When you release the fear energy that is stuck within the person, when the car backfires it does not trigger the physical reaction. I have naturalized energies in a 65-year man that never could understand why PTSD was still within since the trauma happened in his mid-30s. He never slept well even with medication which over time was causing him to experience other physical issues. A couple of sessions of naturalizing all energies that he was carrying, cleared his PTSD. The energy around a person, home or office will not change unless the energy is naturalized. Remember everything is energy, and this includes us human beings. We are emotional human beings and even if we hide and never show our emotions, our emotional soul is the essence of who we are at the core.

Harmonizing Habits

Harmonizing Habits

Answered 2/22/2021 04:51

Constance, as a retired military soldier I have personally had to work through a number of PTSD triggers. It took a long time to recognize that certain reactions I had were a result of my PTSD. The first step I had to do was identify my triggers. Different triggers often have different reactions and therefore need a different approach. For example, when I am triggered by sound I tended to try to hide and shut things out, but when I am triggered by unexpected touch I tended to become angry. For sound one approach I used was a focus exercise or guided imagery. The particular focus exercise that helped me goes as follows: 1. Identify 5 things you can see 2. Identify 5 things your can hear 3. Identify 5 things you can smell 4. Identify 5 things you can feel Once you do that go over each of those again, except take the number down to 4, then to 3, and so on. The point of the exercise is to take your focus off the triggering item/event. You will want to remove yourself from the triggering area first if possible, but it can be done on site. Another approach that is gaining a lot more support for those with high PTSD are support animals. This can be expensive but for those people that are easily and often triggered, support animals have shown to significantly drop recovery times after a person is triggered. There are a number of other holistic approach ideas. if you would like more feel free to contact me.