When returning home from combat, from a scene of terror or disaster, many return carrying with them enduring hurt that is not necessarily visible. Traumatic experiences create non-visual injuries. These are frequently ignored and often misinterpreted health issues. However, anxiety and trauma disorders are increasingly prevalent, and to date, are insufficiently acknowledged, managed and treated.
PTSD, post-traumatic-stress-disorder, is the trauma issue that may evolve from the exposure to experiences of warfare, combat or terror. PTSD was first exhibited in Vietnam -War – veterans, but was only acknowledged and classified by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder in 1980. Increasing numbers of military personnel exhibit symptoms associated with their experiences during deployment to war zones and engagement during battle.
These are not occasional states of anxiety, but mental conditions defined by distress that prevents people from living a normal life.
Characteristic for these types of anxiety and trauma disorders are persistent, overwhelming states of worry and fear. These phases can be disabling, and may appear unmanageable. Panic, phobias, compulsion, and depression may combine, leaving the individual unable to lead a normal life.
Conventional medicine uses medicinal and psychoanalytical approaches to assist individuals suffering of PTSD. However, ever increasingly holistic and complementary therapies are being used by patients to alleviate the symptoms of trauma syndromes. There is little research into the effects of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) treatments for PTSD, but experiential reports offer promising testimonials of effectiveness.
The CAM therapies, the complementary and alternative medical practices, are holistic therapeutic approaches that consider the totality of patients, taking into account the physical, mental and emotional plane of patients, thereby achieving amelioration, and recovery of the individual as a whole. Homeopathy is one of the CAM therapies who´s action radius strongly recommends it for the treatment of PTSD.
Why Homeopathy for PTSD?
Homeopathy has to date found little consideration for the treatment of PTSD. However, states of anxiety, depression, panic, experiences of trauma, fear, irritability, sleeplessness, and mental and physical distress have long found relief by homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy can play a great role in providing an effective treatment of the symptoms of PTSD.
Homeopathy treats the patient on all levels, the spiritual, the mental/emotional and the physical plane; the planes on which the symptoms of PTSD are manifest and expressive. It is a holistic treatment approach and has durable impact.