National University of Health Sciences has opened a special clinic as part of its NUHS Whole Health Center in Lombard. The clinic will treat combat veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with acupuncture and more. Veterans seeking relief from PTSD are encouraged to call for an appointment.
There are more veterans who are surviving battlefield injuries due to improvements in traumatic injury care, and more veterans who have been through more tour of duties during recent conflicts. This means there are more veterans today who are suffering from PTSD.
PTSD can occur after any life-threatening, terrifying or traumatic event, and can include symptoms such as:
- Flashbacks-reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
- Bad dreams and frightening thoughts
- Feeling emotionally numb or feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
- Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
- Being easily startled or feeling tense or “on edge”
- Difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts
Certain acupuncture protocols have proved to be very effective in reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in combat veterans. Acupuncture can offer them real help in healing the psychological and physical trauma so that they can transition back into a more peaceful and satisfying life.
Vets visiting the NUHS clinic receive acupuncture using the NADA protocol. This system uses small pellets or needles in key points on the ear. Additionally, vets can receive instruction in simple Tai Chi and Qi Gong movements for deep relaxation and a way to deal with stress. Veterans with chronic pain from injuries are given “take-home therapy” in the form of acupressure micro-points they can stimulate for quick pain relief, as well as eye-movement therapy they can use at home to re-program traumatic memories.
Also, by incorporating veterans services into the clinical program at NUHS, interns studying for their masters degree in acupuncture or oriental medicine receive first-hand training in the protocols and have an opportunity to work with the veterans. The university hopes that this will encourage students to provide similar service to their communities after they graduate.
For more information, or to make an appointment for PTSD treatment, call 630-629-9664. The clinic is located at 200 E. Roosevelt Rd., Bldg. B, in Lombard.