How to treat PTSD naturally?
You may have experienced stress at some point in your life. Stress is a normal reaction of your body to a threatening situation. Your body secretes stress hormones to allow you to cope with the situation.
In normal conditions, the stress hormones will just cease after the stressful event vanished. But what happens when the same level of stress hormone exist in the body after the dangerous situation is gone? This will result in PTSD.
The PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a psychological problem commonly experienced with people who experienced a traumatic event. In most cases, war veterans suffer from it. In the U.S. alone, more than 5 million develop PTSD a year. Women are more vulnerable than men.
Common symptoms of PTSD
- Flashbacks of the terrifying experience
- Reoccurring nightmares and sleep disturbance
- Feeling emotionally numb
Anyone could feel unpleasant thoughts and emotions following the negative experience. A person may only be diagnosed with PTSD if some of the symptoms mentioned above are present.
How to treat PTSD naturally?
There are many ways to treat PTSD. The most popular ones are the Cognitive Behavior therapy, stress reduction, and medication. More often than not, the treatment is the combination of psychotherapy and medication.
Medication is not only expensive sometimes but also has potential side effects. In most patients, medical treatment causes sexual problems, weight gain, insomnia, fatigue to name a few. Because of these, finding natural alternatives can be the best option. So, how to treat PTSD naturally?
In this article, I will share with your some of the natural remedies for PTSD. Find out what is best applicable to you.
The Holistic approach
One of the best alternatives for PTSD treatment is Meditation and Yoga. Research findings have actually found the positive impact of these ancient practices on PTSD. One study found that yoga, for instance, improved the wellbeing of the war veterans.
Aside from yoga and meditation, a massage can also reduce the stress hormones of those who suffer from PTSD. It calms their mind and reduces their anxiety and hyper-vigilance.
Other alternative PTSD treatment may include the following:
- Relaxation therapy
- Guided Meditation
These are some of the therapies to treat PTSD naturally. But of course, psychotherapy is one of the most common techniques in treating PTSD. However, this involves the aid of a professional (e.g. psychiatrist or a psychologist).
The common practices are the exposure therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Counseling and Therapy. These techniques were proven to be effective in lessening traumatic memories.
If you want to know how to treat PTSD naturally without spending a dime, then take the following strategies.
This may sound a cliché to you but exercise is something that I couldn’t ignore here. Hundreds of studies found the amazing benefits of physical exercise on psychological health. It helps reduce the cortisol level (the stress hormone) in the body. A daily exercise too would help to increase the blood circulation.
Your daily exercise may include running, jogging, and walking. A 30-minute walk a day is enough to energize your body and regulates blood pressure.
Food is also a contributor to the mental health. Stress can be the result of your food intake. Eating healthy foods (rich in proteins) such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts. These types of foods will contribute to brain health.
3. Family and Group Support
The people around you play a very important role in your psychological health. Family and social support are equally important for people with PTSD for them to recover sooner. Through the help of others, a person with PTSD may feel comfortable and gain a new light of hope.
PTSD is a challenging condition that needs serious attention. It is not easy to see your loved one suffers from this condition.
But like other psychological disorders, this condition is something that can be treated. With proper intervention, people with PTSD will be able to bring their lives back.
There you go. I hope that this simple article will help you. These are just a few tips on how to treat PTSD naturally. You can find more online. But in extreme condition, I suggest that you find professional help.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.