Combat Stress Treated With Aromatherapy, Acupuncture
May 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)— With our military stretched to the limit fighting two wars and shorter times for rest between deployments, more soldiers than ever before are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. And the problem is so severe that the military is using a number of alternative therapies, such as aromatherapy to help our service men and women recover from their ordeal.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates acknowledged to a group of military wives that alternative therapies are already part of the treatment for their husbands suffering from post-traumatic stress. But military spouses want the military’s health plan to cover the promising therapies:
“We have an experimental unit … treating soldiers with PTS (post-traumatic stress) and using a number of unorthodox approaches, including aroma therapy, acupuncture, things like that, that really are getting some serious results, and so maybe we can throw that into the hopper as well,” Gates said.
Post-traumatic stress can cause life-long debilitating problems, affecting soldiers’ family lives and ability to serve. “The disorder can cause flashbacks, edginess and emotional numbness. The risk depends on the type of traumatic events a person is exposed to.”