Managing Post Trauma Reactions-Changing the Dialogue and Protocols
This article is written in the hope that practitioners will have an arsenal of strategies for treating patients who are, or who have been in: a) conflict zones or b) have experienced and/or witnessed sudden, violent and/or repetitive trauma, or c) were in areas where natural disasters struck and then presented with post trauma
symptoms. I point out the importance of changing the reporting, dialogue, diagnostic labels and language used by practitioners, patients and the wider society to be more exact and supportive descriptions of patients’ conditions. The therapies presented in this article may be administered in almost any environment, are cost effective with fewer potential harmful side effects than pharmaceutical medications. Included are specific meridian, auricular and scalp acupuncture points used therapeutically with moxa and electrical currents for acute and prolonged cases of what have been labelled in DSM- 5 as: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Stress Response, General Anxiety Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder.