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A Holistic Approach to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression…

Many people suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

Conventional treatment does not seem to heal these diseases.

Conventional treatment includes talk therapy and pharmaceutical drugs.

We do not know all the side effects of long term use of these drugs.

We do not really know how these drugs affect brain chemistry.

The holistic approach uses natural products, foods, and techniques to temper anxiety and depression.

Talk therapy tends to dwell on the trauma and the negative effects of the trauma.

It often focuses on behavior issues that stem from the trauma.

The holistic approach uses techniques to flush out and let go of the trauma and stored negative emotions related to the trauma.

It is time for the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Depression to include a holistic approach.

A holistic approach can be integrated with conventional treatment.

A holistic approach focuses on the whole person –mind, body, and spirit.

It includes mindfulness techniques (mind), natural supplements, diet/nutrition, and exercise (body) and meditation, yoga, Reiki, acupuncture, visualizations, and spiritual prayer (spirit).

Mindfulness, combined with positive thinking techniques and inner work, trains us to be in the moment with full attention and awareness.

They relax us.

The inner work includes daily heart centered meditation and prayer.

Mindfulness teaches us to identify when our thoughts and emotions are negative or agitated and then move back to a place of calm and balance.

They teach us to center ourselves in our hearts/body centers, to focus on our breath and the details of what we encounter at the moment through our senses and without ongoing negative thoughts.

Positive thinking techniques teach us to develop focused and controlled thoughts oriented toward work, errands, and other positive activities.

Theta (along with alpha, beta, and delta) brain wave entrainment also helps us to relax the mind and body and enhance positive thoughts.

Theta (along with alpha, beta, and delta) brain wave entrainment exercises along with many meditation exercises can be found on YouTube.

Spiritual techniques include heart-centered meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga and heart-centered prayer, Reiki and chakra cleansing and balancing exercises.

These techniques help to calm and balance us while raising our vibrations.

Spiritual techniques also include emotional release, which ends the energetic grip of trauma.

Reiki, acupuncture, and other forms of energy therapy also help cleanse and heal our energy bodies and free us from the energetic grip of trauma.

The emotional release of the trauma has a therapeutic effect on our thoughts and emotions.

Spiritual techniques include methods to raise our spirits/vibrations.

This includes visualizations, deep breathing, music, color, and essential oils.

Herbal supplements are effective to treat depression and anxiety when combined with mind-body-spirit techniques.

For depression, these supplements include St. John’s Wort, Sam-e, 5 HTP, Kratom, and Colloidal Gold among others.

For anxiety, they include Chamomile, Valerian Root, Ashwagandha, Kratom, Passion Flower, Kava, GABA, 5 HTP, Hops. Hawthorn, Theanine, Tryptophan, Lavendar, Lemon Balm and Dark Chocolate/Cocoa, Magnesium, B Complex Vitamins and Kratom, DPLA, DHEA, Co Q 10/Ubiquinol, Fish Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Hemp Oil, Coconut Oil, Lion’s Mane Mushrooms and Medical Marijuana and CBD oil among others. For sleep, they include Valerian Root, Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, Tryptophan, Melatonin, Inositol, Choline, and 5 HTP.

Holistic research also indicates the benefits of N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine (NAC), Lactium, and L-Theanine along with amino acid supplements and medical marijuana and CBD oil for depression and anxiety.

For positive thinking, it is also important to incorporate positive affirmations into one’s daily routine (to change beliefs from negative to positive) and silently express gratitude each day for life and the blessings of life.

Diet is important.

A whole-food, plant-based diet will help detoxify your body and provide the nutrition it craves.

This diet will also help improve brain chemistry.

The foods in this diet include organic vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.

The brain is composed primarily of cholesterol.

So, plant-based fats are very important to consume to improve brain chemistry.

These fats include avocado, nuts, and seeds (especially walnuts, almonds, cashews an pumpkin seeds), peanuts, coconut, and coconut oil. Omega 3, 6, and 9 are also essential for brain health.

You can get these fatty acids from fish oil, flaxseed oil, and hemp oil.

Also, on a daily basis, take good sized doses of vitamins a, b complex, c, d3, e, k1 and k2 along with Co-Q 10 or ubiquinol, turmeric or curcumin, fish oil and flaxseed oil supplements along with coconut oil.

Daily exercise is important along with getting outdoors and into nature often. Daily exercise includes cardio, lightweights, and stretching. It is also important to avoid conflict, drama, and stress when you are healing and to drink mostly pure water.

Disclaimer: This article is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose or treat disease. It is not intended to be medical advice. For medical advice and to diagnose and treat disease, consult a licensed medical doctor.

 

Source by Michael E. Goldberg

Edited and updated by Madi June

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