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Acupuncture for PTSD

Acupuncture proved an effective treatment option for lowering the symptoms of PTSD in a 2007 randomized control pilot trial published in The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the potential efficacy and acceptability of acupuncture for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People diagnosed with PTSD were randomized  and assigned to three groups:

A standardized acupuncture treatment group (ACU)

A cognitive-behavioral therapy group (CBT)

A wait-list control group (WLC).

The primary outcome measure was self-reported PTSD symptoms at baseline, at the end of treatment, and 3-month follow-up. The acupuncture group reported the largest treatment effects for PTSD, similar in magnitude to the group  who received Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Symptom reductions at end treatment were maintained at the 3-month follow-up for both interventions. Acupuncture may be an efficacious and treatment option for PTSD. Larger trials with additional controls and methods are warranted to replicate and extend these findings.

At Inner Light Wellness, we treat symptoms of PTSD, Anxiety, Stress and Panic Attacks, and Depression with Neuro Acuuncture. Neuro Acupuncture is an advanced skill that stimulates brain regions associated with psychological and emotional symptoms. Our patients report feeling very relaxed during the treatment. After a course of therapy, approximately 6 weeks, most report a significant reduction in symptoms of stress, anxiety, panic attacks, and PTSD.

Watch this video testimonial from my teacher, Dr. Jason Hao’s website website.

Acupuncture is a terrific addition to therapy, and medication if needed. It is a good adjunct to other forms of therapy and may help those interventions work even better. Don’t wait, call us and get started on the road to recovery!


Hollifield, Michael A et al. “Acupuncture for posttraumatic stress disorder: a randomized controlled pilot trial.” The Journal of nervous and mental disease 195 6 (2007): 504-13.


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