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Veterans Acupuncture for Veterans with PTSD: How can we make acupuncture and meditation more available to our military Veterans? If they are returning with severe trauma and pain, we need to address this problem before it worsens.
As a pioneer acupuncturist in this country, I have aided many Veterans suffering from PTSD through my multi-pronged Veterans PTSD Project: a therapy program for releasing deep-seated anxiety and depression. It includes:
- Acupuncture treatment for physical and emotional pain.
- Deep-state endorphin release achieved through herbs and pharmaceuticals, specialized massage, breathing techniques, verbal programming, and other modalities.
- The powerful Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Stimulator that can regenerate cell tissue anywhere in the brain or body, FDA approved for depression.
- My Cellular Meditation VETERANS STRESS RELIEF audio CDs. Two STRESS RELIEF recorded segments are available for listening for free on this blog site www.BrainbodyBliss.com.
Acupuncture or massage point combinations can open up blocked neural centers, waking up the right bio-electrical frequencies. This can help “teach” traumatized cells how to “unlearn” states of fear and demoralization. It helps remove physical imbalances such as inflammation, toxicity, pain, brain chemistry imbalance, physical injuries and overall systems blockage. This treatment affects these issues by helping to break up intracellular energy trauma and revitalize subcellular metabolism. This impacts the mental and emotional systems as well.
Acupuncture and the Stress Release CDs both address the entire body’s natural, feel-good neuro-hormones to regenerate the proper brain-body connections. This restores a state of wellbeing and good sleep.
I have lectured twice at the Combat Stress Conference, explaining the science behind the CDs and treatment therapies. Many Veterans groups are requesting help. Singer/songwriter Graham Nash has generously contributed, but much more is needed to fill this critical need. Drug therapy alone does not always go deep enough and often wears off or causes side effects.
We are working toward the opening of a clinical program for Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder located near the West L.A. V.A. This will help Vets transition to civilian life, helping to eliminate both painful memories and painful conditions.
Cellular Meditation is the full-body form of meditation—made easy. It is about getting endorphins, our own feel-good chemicals into ALL THE CELLS OF THE BODY—by freeing them up, and sensing them from inside. It is the ‘Feel Good’ form of meditation, easier to do than other meditation practices, while also achieving deeper results. A version of the double CDs is also available for the general public and the Veterans’ families.
Studies have shown that relaxing meditation techniques increase the feel-good neuro-transmitters that counter mood disorders, such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA; and beneficial hormones such as DHEA, HGH (human growth hormone), and melatonin for anti-aging and good sleep. Meditation also reduces harmful cortisol produced by stress.
Many Veterans and civilians have benefited from the treatments and these CDs. Our non-profit Earth Harmony Foundation.org receives tax deductible donations from those who want to help our returning soldiers by funding their distribution to many veterans organizations who have requested these CDs.
Just how does acupuncture and meditation affect PTSD? Many returning Veterans suffer from difficult syndromes including flashbacks of overwhelming violence. Or they cannot down regulate their learned hyper-vigilance. Fortunately, there is an easy acupuncture protocol that involves stimulating five points in the ear that can help to relax and energize an anxious or traumatized patient since the ear is an outcropping, the “keyboard”, of the brain.
Another randomized controlled pilot trial, this one “Acupuncture for post traumatic stress disorder” was done at the Department of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences, and Family and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY 40202, USA. [J Nerv Ment Dis. 2007 Jun;195(6):504-13.] The study evaluated the effect of acupuncture for PTSD. Patients received either acupuncture treatment, or a group cognitive-behavioral therapy, or a wait-list control. Both acupuncture and cognitive-behavior therapy provided large treatment effects for PTSD. Symptoms still remained reduced at the 3-month follow-up for both modalities.
For four decades since we founded the first acupuncture clinic in the U.S. at UCLA, I’ve been watching acupuncture affect people’s emotional states. I have worked with clinical psychologists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers, and I continue to treat serious depression with acupuncture and electro-magnetic pulse stimulus. Secondly, research for my book, “Rene Daumal, The Lilfe and Work of a Mystic Guide”, (SUNY Press & Paris, France) taught me how much awareness of spirit and focus on sensation are relevant to the healing process, especially for the psyche.
From these two strands, I was able to connect the importance of sensing the nervous system and all the cells of the body, once I had experienced myself how much each cell contributes and magnifies my emotional state. Eventually I realized that my ‘state’ was happening all over my body. I was able to collect all the first hand data into my Cellular Meditation CDs. Together, acupuncture and this bodily meditation can help to reverse the course of painful life experiences on the mind and body.
Thirdly, in Chinese medicine, each major organ has it own related emotional symptom, but it is a two-way street. There is a feedback loop between the organ and the feeling. The mind can affect the organ, and the organ can affect the mind. Excessive grief damages the lungs or, if the lungs are weak, then melancholy may appear. Obsessive thinking damages the spleen; and excessive fear damages or can develop from–the kidneys. Excessive worry hurts the liver and likewise, if the liver is toxic, then anger or depression may develop. Acupuncture turns on endorphins and aims at rebalancing these organs which calms their aberrant emotion.
When balanced among themselves these organs work together in harmony, as the ultimate example of Wholistic health! But when out of balance, they can then lead to emotional obstructions resulting in blockages, pain, inflammation and overeating from stress.
Truly, treating the whole body affects both mind and body. Together, words and stimulation of our body’s electromagnetic wiring can both sink deep to balance the waters underneath—of our mind, emotions and total apparatus.
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