PTSD: holistic mechanisms to manage it
Post-traumatic stress disorder, PTSD, is the inability of an individual to recover psychologically after experiencing a frightening event. Traditional psychological therapy approaches this problem from the mental perspective, without taking into account the individual as what he/she is: a whole human being. Holistic psychology treats mental disorders, including PTSD, as a manifestation of the soul.
This discipline addresses the mind, body, spirit, social context and emotions of the individual to find an integrative solution that satisfies the patient. Holistic therapy works directly on the subconscious mind to find the root of the problem. Most importantly, the patient becomes aware of what is really happening and begins the healing process.
Ayurvedic medicine is one of the most effective holistic mechanisms for treating PTSD.
This alternative therapy seeks to achieve harmony with oneself through contact with nature. This mechanism works directly with the individual’s spirit, physical balance and the regulation of personal energy. Ayurvedic medicine treats the patient through a radical change in their diet, invites them to practice Yoga, teaches them to meditate and finally applies an Ayurvedic massage aimed at detoxifying the patient’s body.
This physical cleansing is reflected in a positive and balanced mental health.
Pet/animal therapy maintains that the relationship that individuals establish with animals significantly improves the quality of life of both involved. Those suffering from PTSD feel better after interacting with their pets, whether they are dogs, cats, etc. Feeding, caring for and petting them releases positive emotions that heal internally.
Animal therapy is used to help autistic children, depressed elderly and children with severe behavioral problems.
Aromatherapy is a holistic discipline that seeks the total balance of the individual through the aromas of essential oils.
The impact of the different aromas reflect positively on the mind, spirit and body of the individual suffering from PTSD. Keep in mind that a scent enters through the nose and then enters various areas of the brain generating calm or stimulation. Aromatherapy is combined with specific massage procedures aimed at improving blood circulation and lymphatic flow. This mechanism acts efficiently on the most common consequences of PTSD such as anxiety, panic attacks and depression.
The individual feels at peace with themself again.
If you or a loved one suffers from PTSD consider holistic psychological therapy or any other holistic mechanism to make you feel better. These therapies will take into account you as a whole individual: mind, emotions, spirit, body and personal energy.