Veterans, Acupuncture and PTSD

In my acupuncture practice at Cedars-Sinai, and through Iraq and the Los Angeles Veterans Acupuncture Clinic for PTSD, I have helped many Veterans with post traumatic stress.

Veterans Stress Relief Meditation CDs are an adjunct to conventional and complementary therapies, to help veterans reintegrate their neural system of endorphins and neurotransmitters, with practical advice, innovative self-help exercises, and informative inspiration to recover and optimize their life after war.

PTSD has been known by different labels in past wars. In the Civil War, it was called “Soldier’s Heart.” There is an excellent organization by that name on the East Coast who help Veteran sufferers. In World War II they called it “Shell Shock.” Finally, today it is considered an actual syndrome. It is pandemic among our returning warriors and we need to address this problem. Drugs can give temporary relief but they are not the final answer. A recent New York Times article attests to the downside of such pharmaceutical approaches. We need to provide other modalities and therapies.

“Stress Release for Veterans” CDs I and II is a self-help adjunct to conventional and complementary approaches. It provides a whole developmental track for the healing process because the relaxation affirmations sink into the psyche upon repeated listening. It is based on clear common sense, cognitive and behavioral advice to help individuals with PTSD to recognize and adjust trauma-related thoughts and beliefs. There are many ways for the conscious mind to access and modify depressed or anxious states. Sufferers see the relationships between thoughts and feelings and can practice new ways of perceiving their situation. They learn to recognize any negative self-talk and triggers that set off bad feelings and memories. Deeper self-observation exposes their “hot buttons.”

The CDs have a total body approach. PTSD symptoms can worsen physical health problems. For example, a few studies have shown a relationship between PTSD and heart trouble. By getting help for PTSD, one can improve overall physical health. The deep breathing helps break up chronic patterns of muscular tension and chronic tightening of the fascia that interferes with the free flow of blood circulation and biological energies through the body. Repressed traumas can be stored in a body part, causing it to hurt or not function properly. This tightening can cause distortions of mental awareness and even anesthetize whole aspects of body and mind. But these painful thoughts are “state-specific,” such that if the patient can move into a relaxed state, the tensions can melt away and they suddenly feel freed up. As a result, the healing energy flows.


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$15.00 plus tax. Shipping & Handling: $3.00

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