Last Modified on Jun 21, 2014
Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder ranges from emotional therapies to natural supplements. Therapy functions to help the individual process through the cause of the disorder and find effective ways to handle the situation. Herbal remedies serve to relieve stress, anxiety and other emotions that are associated with the condition.
What is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
Considered a mental health condition, post-traumatic stress can be described as the result of a terrifying or traumatic event. Symptoms of the condition include flashbacks, nightmares, severe anxiety and uncontrollable thoughts relating to the event. Individuals affected by the condition typically also exhibit symptoms of avoidance, emotional numbing, anxiety and increased emotional arousal.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, typically manifests as an individual goes through an event that causes intense fear, helplessness or horror. Contributing factors include genetic predisposition, life experiences, personality and brain regulation.
Natural Remedies for PTSD
PTSD often requires therapeutic treatments to enable the affected individual to process through the stressful situation that established the condition. Nonetheless, herbal remedies also offer treatment in terms of relieving stress and the associated feelings caused by the disorder. Green tea, basil and stinging nettle are among the most effective herbal treatment options.
Green tea is an herbal treatment used in mediating a variety of conditions. In regards to post-traumatic stress disorder, the tea strengthens the immune system and prevents acute and long-term illness and disease. The tea also offers relaxing properties to lower stress levels.
The adrenal glands are typically overactive in individuals with PTSD. Basil is an effective adrenal support that actually strengthens the adrenal glands. This strengthening protects the adrenals as well as the rest of the body from long-term health problems caused by the overproduction of adrenaline.
Stinging nettle also supports the adrenals. This herb strengthens the adrenal glands as well and actually inhibits the production of adrenalin. Reducing adrenalin production lowers an individual’s stress level and shock state.
Post-traumatic stress disorder is considered a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event. Treatment of the condition, including therapy and nutritional supplements, eases the individual’s stress levels and works to naturally relieve the condition.
Catch 22 -I whole-heartedly agree with the people who suggest EFT for PTSD. Many very effective videos demonstrating this technique can be found on YouTube. Just type in EFT tapping for PTSD. Brad Yates has many EFT videos that are effective in alleviating the various symptoms or conditions of PTSD - such as anxiety, guilt, depression, etc.
From what I learned today on the Charley Rose show on the brain, PTSD probably cannot be completely cured at this time, but greatly reduced in its severity.
I couldn't help but post something on the 9/11 tragedy after reviewing more footage of the TwinTower events. What strikes me particularly is the various subjective perceptions of local pedestrians as well as professionals like Newscasters. From a psychological interpretation, it could be safely concluded that the level of empathy from a bystander would directly determine exactly "how much and how clearly" the entire event was perceived. Women were way more empathetic in comparison to men, but one man who was filming from his apartment was particularly sensitive. After the initial moments fallowing the first plane crash on the North WTC almost everyone could not come close to fathoming not only the level of damage to the structure but the number of people directly involved AND the level of horror and pain they sustained (they simply saw a large building billowing out smoke). In particular, hundreds of people were being burned alive as they desperately and mostly ineffectively tried any escape. The "jumpers" were one of the first indicators to people at ground zero just how bad the situation was way up there in the sky. I post this w/ the fact that the burn injury is undoubtedly one of the most painful in the human experience. This in mind, and the magnitude of the disaster combined, it is almost unfathomable the degree of sheer pain involved. If anyone knows much about trauma experiences please reply as I suppose that victims eventually go into shock, pass out, or die.
History channel documentary of a man that assisted a lady who was at ground zero when she was splashed w/ burning jet-fuel is certainly striking as she says to the man "I'm going to die aren't I". The man assisted the lady as they recited The Lord's Prayer together, then got her successfully into an ambulance, and to an hospital where she died 40 dys later.
And of course there were hundreds of burn victims from WTC disaster, many of which did manage to survive. My query is a comparison to our little community of alternative medicine Vs conventional and the degree of which proven, effective natural therapies are used by conventional methodology. If I could time & space travel I could have been spotted there at GZ w/ a roll of aluminum foil wrapping up those victims and administering high doses of vit-c. Then, as a certified Nurses Assistant that I am, In the hospital I would be sneaking burn victims zinc tablets so as to promote much needed healing. I wonder if hospitals use topical ointments that at least contain some zinc?
Anyway, God bless all the victims and their families.
Mind quieting supplements
Due to PTSD I am taking Klonopin and Cymbalta to quiet my mind so I can sleep without grinding and clenching my teeth. Over the years I have worn away all carteledge at the TMJ and now wear jaw separators 24/7. I would like a natural supplement to replace the medications.
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Brighton, Ontario, Canada