13 million people alone in the USA are diagnosed with PTSD since it was added to the DSM-III in 1980.
It’s likely you or someone close to you has experienced this often misunderstood psychological injury.
PTSD can impact a sufferer’s delicate body chemical system that controls every function from our emotional regulation to our sleep, pain responses, confidence, and motivation. Left untreated PTSD can impact sufferers’ lives, with intrusive stressful flashbacks, to consistent sleep disturbances, anxiety, depression, avoidance, and social isolation.
Without treatment, PTSD has proven to progress over time, with symptoms worsening, so treatment is essential for recovery.
Treatment under the supervision of a trained professional is a combination of talk therapy, medication, and trauma-focused psychotherapies. Although not as researched and understood in their effectiveness, in recent years, therapeutic natural alternatives are proving highly effective in treatment and recovery of PTSD.
If you have suffered from a serious trauma in your life these solutions can help you support your brain and body as you heal and create a healthier mind-body for greater happiness in the present and the future. These natural treatments are also useful if you have stress, anxiety, or depression, without the presence of PTSD.
Here are the Top 5 All-Natural Ways to Treat PTSD:
A practice of observing each moment in detail while using a conscious awareness of your breath, to be fully present. Try this simple mindfulness breathing exercise: Breath in for eight, hold for four, and release the breath for eight while focusing on a point in front of you. Practice this while shopping, driving, before bed, and you’ll begin to see the calm it brings.
Yin yoga is influenced by an eastern philosophy of mindfulness, by slowing down the asanas and staying connected to the breath. This is reported to restore the nervous system, which is usually hyper-aroused from PTSD. Yin Yoga focuses on revitalizing the connective tissues and allowing a release from the muscles, this can also release the bodies ‘bracing’ position common in PTSD.
Many have reported using oils when hyper-aroused to reduce anxiety, another effective method is using oils in a massage which is reported to reduce inflammation while decreasing tensions, stress, and anxiety. The oils most recommended for PTSD are Rose, Chamomile, and Lavender.
Social connection and laughter have been found to boost the immune system and decrease cortisol, the stress hormone. Reaching out to trusted friends, who understand your symptoms and spending quality time together each week is important to your recovery. PTSD can lead to avoiding social interactions, so slowly reintroduce socialization into your week, but start with what feels safe, coffee in your backyard or walks on the beach together, for example.
Somatic therapy can assist disengaging the fight or flight response which is commonly activated in PTSD. Releasing stuck trauma from within the body is part of the PTSD recovery process, some argue the most important. Most areas have qualified somatic therapists you can reach out to and see if they have experience working with PTSD.
There are many exciting developments in natural complimentary PTSD treatment, start by working with multiple modalities to find what works best for your recovery.
Combining the tips shared above along with the guidance of your treating doctors, this can begin the first step to a healthier life beyond PTSD.