I spent years spinning my wheels with undiagnosed PTSD, living with severely crippling symptoms and consequences that I often couldn’t figure out or locate. Then I spent years treating the symptoms using typical western medical methods: heavily-medicating those symptoms using drugs like Ritalin and Welbutrin to treat A.D.D. and major depressive disorder, coupled with Xanax to relive anxiety and a handful of medications to help me unwind and sleep.
The medications certainly “helped,” in a manner of speaking, but they also created a whole host of new symptoms that either had to be treated themselves or otherwise disrupted my life. While the individual medications may perhaps treat individual symptoms effectively, I’m not sure that my daily dosage of medications was actually beneficial in the long run. It seemed a very short-sighted approach to addressing long-term chronic concerns. Unfortunately I think VA doctors are a product of their environment who are also hindered by their available resources.
Last fall I discovered acupuncture as part of a multi-valence approach to holistic care that's included shifting to a healthier diet, increasing exercise and other personal care practices, and regular meditation. But I’ve found that meditation and acupuncture components have provided the greatest benefits. Meditation has helped calm my mind and keep me more balanced, while acupuncture has addressed those and many of my other symptoms previously treated through medications.
The benefits of acupuncture has been nothing short of shocking. I come into treatment feeling my “normal” self and I leave feeling entirely different, in ways depending on that day’s personalized treatment. While some treatments are more intense than others, I always leave relaxed yet focused. I can literally feel the energy coursing through me; certain treatments unleash pent up negative energy that literally dumps out of my body as if someone suddenly opened the secret spigot. I sometimes feel temporarily dazed, yet always purified—as if I’m closer to my true self.
As someone who was raised on typical western medicinal techniques, I started my acupuncture treatment slightly skeptical yet open-minded and optimistic. I’ve been completely overwhelmed by the outcome! I feel like years of negative energy have been purged. While I’m still not “where I ultimately want to be,” I realize that it’s a gradual process and—perhaps the ultimate testament—is that I ceased taking all my medications while maintaining a fairly balanced life without popping tons of pills on a daily basis. If nothing else, that alone is a major victory which should not to be overlooked! I offer my deepest gratitude to my amazing doctors. Thank you!