Trauma survivors often develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for months or years after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. PTSD affects more than just the brain. In addition to common symptoms like nightmares, flashbacks, anxiety, depression, and agitation, those who suffer from this disorder can experience physical sensations like nausea, sweating, shaking, and pain. This is why holistic treatment is effective for minimizing PTSD symptoms. Here are 4 natural, whole-body approaches to treating post-traumatic stress disorder.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy) is a treatment involving repetitive eye movements to process and heal from trauma. It is believed to work by unlocking the traumatic memories that often get compartmentalized into a certain area of the brain through bilateral eye stimulation.
Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT and tapping, is a technique for anxiety relief that can be applied to both physical and emotional symptoms. Similar to EMDR, EFT aims to improve your quality of life by treating unresolved emotional issues. This treatment is also similar to acupuncture in that it works by focusing on certain energy points in the body.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy that aims to identify and change patterns of thinking and behaving. Once these automatic negative thoughts are identified, the goal is to replace them with more realistic, positive thoughts. CBT requires a lot of practice to be successful.
The body’s adrenal system activates in response to stress, and for many trauma survivors, it can become overworked and fatigued. There are numerous ways to treat this, including various supplements and following an adrenal fatigue diet.
While the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can be debilitating, there is hope for treatment. The same treatment won’t necessarily work for everyone, so it is important to have an open mind and be willing to try something new.