This activates fight, flight or freeze in a threatening situation. Whether trauma ocurred before you could talk, during an event that you are aware of, or anywhere in between, the traumatic stress response acts to help you deal with it. However, enduring the limiting effects of trauma does not have to be a lifetime sentence of PTSD.
We are actually hard wired to return to resiliency. We can expand the tolerance to triggers and improve the ability to navigate threats with acupuncture.
Alaine Duncan, who mainly treats vets and also trains acupuncturists about trauma says, "The traumatic stress response is an expression of the place where someone was thwarted in engaging the self protective response." But Alaine also teaches that we have the ability to restore rhythm, and that it's our innate and natural ability to do so.
Acupuncture is useful for restoration and balance.
What’s interesting to note is some the most common reasons people seek acupuncture are because of the kinds of symptoms that show up in trauma. Some them are:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- stomach aches
- auto-immune issues
- weight gain
- “strange and peculiar” issues that are not diagnosable by western medicine
[Acupuncture] can be highly effective … for healing the entire trauma spectrum, not just one or two of its symptoms. Indeed, it appears that acupuncture, when properly applied may “reset” the individual to a functional life even when other treatments have failed.