A Way To Treat PTSD That You May Not Have Considered

Friday, April 15th, 2016
Smiling female acupuncturist

We have been offering acupuncture as a treatment here at Creek Stone for about a year. We are learning more and more each month that people of the Texas Panhandle and Amarillo are a bit skeptical when it comes to acupuncture. The people of our area are very Conservative and that’s part of what I love about the people of the Panhandle. However, sometimes that can keep them from experiencing alternative forms of healthcare that have good research backing them up.

We want our area, and certainly our patients, to be as educated as possible on these, so we are highlighting research that has been done showing the effectiveness.

This week we are going to highlight the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It makes sense that acupuncture would be an effective regimen for PTSD since its researched benefits already include treatment for stress and tension.

I think it’s always important to start with the education of an acupuncturist. Acupuncturists have to go to school for a full four years before they are able to be licensed to treat patients. It’s important to understand that this is not a few simple weekend seminars. This is a highly specialized, in-depth regimen that truly tests and educates future acupuncturists. They are highly educated and highly capable practitioners.

So let’s jump into the research.

Why they did it

With many PTSD sufferers going untreated, it makes sense to find an economical and reasonable treatment. The authors felt that acupuncture appears safe and has the potential to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain according to prior research. However, little has been researched regarding its effect for PTSD specifically.

How they did it

  • They used 55 people that met the criteria for a PTSD diagnosis.
  • The participants were randomized into usual PTSD care or usual PTSD care plus 8 different 60 minute sessions of acupuncture performed two times a week.
  • The Outcome Assessments were performed at the beginning of treatment, four weeks in, eight weeks in, and at the 12 week mark.

What they found

  • Mean improvement in PTSD was found to be significantly greater in the group that received acupuncture in addition to the usual PTSD treatment.
  • They found that acupuncture was also shown to have greater improvements in regards to depression, pain levels, physical function, as well as mental health function.

Wrap it up

The authors found that acupuncture was significantly effective for reducing PTSD symptoms all though they admitted research limitations and the inability to parse specific treatment mechanisms.

Engel CC, et al.”Randomized effectiveness trial of a brief course of acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder.” Med Care. 2014 Dec;52(12 Suppl 5):S57-64.

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Till next time……

The Amarillo Chiropractor Blog is written by Dr. Jeff Williams.
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