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Soldiers with early signs of PTSD helped by tapping therapy
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)—often described as psychological acupressure—can help protect servicemen from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when they return home from the horrors of war.

The therapy, which involves tapping on acupuncture meridian points around the body, seems to stop PTSD worsening when someone is showing the earliest signs of the problem, a new study has discovered.

It's been tested on a group of 21 veterans who had sub-clinical PTSD according to standard tests used in the military that can determine whether the problem is there even before the usual symptoms become apparent.

Half had the standard treatment for PTSD and the rest were given six EFT sessions before those in the standard-care group also had EFT. Using the same measure that had diagnosed sub-clinical PTSD, the participants were tested again after treatment and all were well below the warning levels. Symptoms in those who had suffered traumatic brain injury had also fallen, and others who had suffered from insomnia were reporting better sleep patterns.

The improvements were still measurable three months after treatment.


(Source: Explore, 2016; 12: 355-65)

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