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    By:  Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD (China)

     Acupuncture for PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) is gaining growing support from research as a safe, effective therapy that can be used with or without traditional PTSD treatment methods. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can affect people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event.  Events such as a natural disaster, serious accident, terrorist attack, combat, or sexual assault can trigger PTSD.

    PTSD can drastically affect a person’s ability to function at work, at home, and socially.  It is a complex anxiety disorder whose symptoms include persistent memories of the event, insomnia or other sleep issues, feeling detached or numb and being easily startled.   As a result, people who suffer from PTSD often feel helpless. Using acupuncture for anxiety has shown to be an effective treatment option.

    Fortunately, PTSD is treatable.  First of all, a qualified mental health professional can use a variety of effective treatment methods, including “talk therapy,” cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), and medications.  Furthermore, many PTSD patients are turning to Complementary and Alternative Methods (CAM) such as acupuncture for PTSD.


    Traditional Chinese Medicine views the body as a complex system of energy channels, or meridians.  Modern medical studies show that these meridians actually line up with the areas of the body where acupuncture needles can most easily reach the deep connective tissue beneath the skin between muscles and organs.  Consequently, this tissue may be involved in transmitting the signal from the needle to the brain.


    In conclusion, acupuncture is a natural treatment that alleviates stress and anxiety, depression, insomnia and other common PTSD symptoms. As a result, many sufferers of PTSD opt for treatment like cognitive behavior therapy, pharmaceutical prescriptions or stress-reduction techniques. However, increasingly patients are opting to augment traditional medical health treatments with alternative and holistic therapies like massage, yoga and acupuncture.

    Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. Our Arlington Heights acupuncturist is rated one of the best in the Chicagoland area.  First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers:  Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.


    Dr. Yu Zhu, LAc, MD (China) has more than 30 years’ experience as an acupuncturist.  Learn more about acupuncture for anxiety and stress and the other conditions Dr. Zhu treats.



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