Post-traumatic stress disorder in our community

The clinical term is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And it’s a part of so many of us. I offer acupuncture temporarily at Lifemark Esquimalt. Working there I meet people that serve in the Canadian Forces. The stories their bodies share come to mind when I read this recent commentary by Romeo Dallaire on a recent tragedy,
“The brain is as vital to life as any organ in the human body. To treat an injury to the brain as less urgent, less in need of care and compassion than other, more obvious types of injury is misguided and ignorant. Our efforts to treat our veterans with PTSD must be comparable to our efforts to repair damaged hearts, provide timely kidney transplants, avoid amputations or restore eyesight.” Read more from Romeo Dallaire here.
And if you like research results, this from the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, and this from the American Public Health Association both show results of acupuncture’s efficacy in managing PTSD symptoms in veterans.To define PTSD there’s the criteria set by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. It’s a list of mostly psychological symptoms. Connecting these to physical symptoms and addressing both is where acupuncture and Chinese Medicine shines.