Did you know that the evidence of an acupuncture efficacy on PTSD, Mental Health, Trauma and Pain Management is very high? So much so that the Canadian and US Armies are also using auricular acupuncture for pain, mental health and PTSD.
Most people don't realize that the nervous system of the body has several micro-systems that reflect its entirety, such as Scalp Acupuncture, Korean Hand Therapy, Reflexology and Auricular Acupuncture.
Just picture your ear with a little upside-down baby superimposed on it. The brain and head are on the earlobe, the spine is the antihelix ridge up to the top of the ear and the inside concha is the internal organs.
This may sound strange, but when you're really small in the womb, before the ear is developed, and doesn't know what it's going to be. It's just a generic appendage waiting to find out what it's about to grow into: arm, leg or ear. Because of that, it [the ear] has all the same nerve connections as your limbs, and those two-way nerve systems have been measured, mapped and agreed upon thoroughly by western medicine for several decades.
Chinese Medicine knew functional ear points, but it wasn't an extensive or complete system, not until Dr. Paul Nogier [MD], a neurologist working in France in the 1950's noticed a patient`s ear had a scar in it as a result of a successful treatment to relieve sciatica pain. He began to explore the entire ear, its nerve structure and found the direct correlation of stimulating these points and relieving pain and other symptoms around the body.
This was expanded further by Dr. Frank Bahr [MD] and physical medicine specialists over the following decades. Auricular acupuncture is so detailed that it allows targeting of specific areas of the brain. And when done in a correct order, it can greatly help in reducing PTSD symptoms. And the effects are compounded; meaning that the more you get treatment the better and lasting the results.
The effect(s) are immediate and noticeable. The individual feels more grounded, relaxed, the traumatic memories are not as intense. It makes Cognitive Behavioral Therapies up to 36% more effective so much easier to introduce because it promotes the neuroplasticity (changing) of the brain and as a result helps a PTSD sufferer to be more open to and able to receive positive social programming.
There is no one silver bullet for PTSD; it takes a few therapies to bring about the end effect. And using auricular acupuncture as one of these therapies can greatly reduce the symptoms of PTSD. But before anyone runs out to do this it's very important that you go to a properly trained and Registered Acupuncturist. It is, after all: brain science.