Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) can develop after someone has experienced a traumatic or highly distressing event. In those susceptible to PTSD, the effect of such an event goes beyond the immediate response of the mind and body to trauma, and can in some cases affect every aspect of their life for many years after.
The symptoms of PTSD include nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of dissociation (feeling numb, detached or spaced out). Individuals can experience a range of other symptoms, including mood changes (for example anger, irritability and anxiety), a tendency to startle easily, and many associated physical symptoms dating back to the trauma.
The mind and body respond in a variety of different ways to trauma, and there are several therapeutic approaches to helping those with PTSD which can be very effective, including trauma-focused psychotherapy and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing). Less well known is how effective homeopathic treatment can be in PTSD, both in long term cases and for first aid in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic event.
PTSD is a complex condition for which it is best to seek constitutional care from an experienced homeopath, who will match the symptoms you are experiencing to a suitable homeopathic remedy. Some of the remedies which are indicated in PTSD where the whole picture fits, are:
Aconite is used where symptoms are characterised by panic or terror, restlessness and fear of death. Physically you may experience palpitations, and sensations of prickling or tingling.
Ignatia is a remedy which can be helpful in situations of grief and emotional shock. People who might benefit from Ignatia will try to withdraw and keep their feelings inside, but may swallow constantly, with a sensation of a lump in the throat.
Arnica is the main remedy for trauma with physical and/or emotional ‘bruising’, and will often be helpful even if the event was months or sometimes years in the past. It is typical for someone needing Arnica to be the ‘tough guy’, coping by appearing to be fine when inside he is not. It can be very effective in long term health problems which date back to a trauma, for example post-traumatic arthritis or depression, where the whole picture fits.
Phos ac is helpful when following a trauma the person becomes withdrawn and has difficulty concentrating. They don’t want to think or communicate, and become slow and forgetful. There may be depression, with a silent grief as they do not have the energy to cry.
Nat sulph is one of the most important homeopathic remedies for the symptoms and consequences of head injury. It is prescribed for persistent headache and depression following trauma to the head.
Staphysagria is a useful remedy for those who have been abused, bullied or humiliated, but do not express their anger. They may become resentful and depressed, and this is one of the main remedies for physical symptoms that appear after suppressed anger.
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