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Trauma Acupuncture - How Does It Help You?


Your emotional and physical health can suffer long after experiencing a terrible experience. Trauma acupuncture has been shown to be a great remedy by lowering the outward signs of stress and calming a nervous system that is too active.

Can Acupuncture Help Trauma?

The optimal strategy for healing trauma involves utilizing a variety of therapeutic modalities in concert with one another in order to fully acknowledge the reality of trauma and be free from the weight it bears.

A less popular yet effective treatment option is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that involves inserting tiny needles along the body's pressure points to promote the passage of qi and relieve pain.

Traumatic events alter your nervous systems' and brains' perceptions of safety. After the first traumatic experience, it alters how your alert system reacts to potential threats.

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The brain sends signals to the body to prepare a defense against the threat, which causes the above-mentioned physical symptoms. The body's neurological system's reaction to sudden or recurring stressors can be used to explain these physical symptoms.

Your nervous system reacts to stressful situations by going into the fight-or-flight, or freeze, mode. The brain reacts by increasing your level of alertness and by stopping secondary processes that are not essential for survival.

A doctor examining the acupuncture points
A doctor examining the acupuncture points

According to research, trauma acupuncture:

  • Relieves pain as endorphins and neurotransmitters are released.
  • Achieves control over the sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve systems.
  • Lessens anxiety.
  • Encourages deeper, more restful sleep.
  • Reduction of muscle tension.
  • Improves digestion and circulation.

Simply put, it does this by relaxing local myofascial tension and constriction as well as by activating brain regions that control physiological processes. Acupuncture has long been used to treat PTSD following natural disasters and other stressful occurrences.

How Can Acupuncture Treat The Effects Of PTSD?

Numerous studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce physical signs of traumatic events, feelings of stress and anxiety, and both.

Acupuncture has been shown in a 2019 study on survivors of a significant earthquake in Italy to relieve the mental and physical symptoms brought on by this traumatic experience.

According to the study, 54% of patients showed a significant improvement in their psychological symptoms (such as anxiety, sadness, and insomnia), while 60% showed a significant reduction in their pain symptoms.

A further 2019 study discovered that adding sertraline or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation improved the treatment of PTSD symptoms.

Compared to the groups who did not use electrical acupoint stimulation as part of their treatment strategy, the PTSD symptoms in the electrical acupoint stimulation groups significantly improved.

Acupuncture For Childhood Trauma

A large number of studies have demonstrated that acupuncture can lessen either the physical manifestations of traumatic events or the feelings of stress and anxiety, or both.

How Acupuncture Can Help With PTSD

People Also Ask

Does Acupuncture Help With Trauma?

Acupuncture has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the physical indications of traumatic experiences, as well as feelings of tension and worry, according to research.

What Are The Acupuncture Points For PTSD?

The clinical experience of Koffman and Helms has shown that the auricular trauma protocol (ATP), which involves putting needles in six auricular points around the ear in a pattern, is the best way to relieve pain, help patients work through their experiences, and fix psychological damage.

Does Acupuncture Work For PTSD?

Acupuncture and TCM can help treat anxiety, depression, panic attacks, and trouble sleeping. They can also help treat complicated PTSD and other stress disorders.


A 2011 study on earthquake victims in China found that trauma acupuncture combined with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) was more efficient than CBT alone in reducing PTSD symptoms.

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About The Authors

Katharine Tate

Katharine Tate - I’m a native of Massachusetts, where I earned bachelor's degrees in Health, Science, Society, and Policy and Sculpture from Brandeis University. I enjoy assisting and inspiring women in all aspects of their lives, and I consider myself a partner in their OB an GYN treatment. I particularly enjoy forming relationships with young women and assisting them in determining their healthcare needs and goals. I love to travel, create metal and fiber art, cook, and spend time outside. Also, I’m fluent in both German and American Sign Language.

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