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When Does A Shock Turn Into PTSD?

by | Jun 6, 2019 | Aconite, Ignatia, Natural Disasters, PTSD, PTSD Natural Disasters

For many people, PTSD begins with an incident that resulted in feeling shocked.  Generally, there is an unexpected occurrence. Perhaps it was a major incident such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, or 9/11 terrorist attacks. The sudden death of a family member or friend, a natural disaster, or a near death car accident also cause shock.  Often the initial response is to feel shock or fear or a combination of both. Should you treat shock early to avoid PTSD? Or should you let it “go away” on its own?

The best thing to do in these circumstances, where there is a shock to the system, is to see a homeopath right away.  Some symptoms may just pass on their own eventually, but if they don’t, and you can continue to wait until they do, the symptoms may become entrenched and you could develop PTSD.

PTSD from 9/11

A colleague in NYC shared a story about treating a client from the after-effects of the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers.  This client came to see him at least a year after the incident.  Homeopaths most commonly gave the remedy Aconite to their patients who sought care immediately. This is a remedy for fear that your life is going to end NOW!  (See this blog post.)

But this client didn’t need Aconite.  He needed a different remedy called Stramonium. The fear became more specific over time, and it matched the fears of Stramonium, which are more personal than the fears of Aconite, with the danger being directed specifically at the person who needs the remedy.

After taking the Stramonium remedy for a time, the client began experiencing more general fears of dying.  It was as if a fear and anxiety layer was built up over time, and it became a Stramonium layer.  Once Stramomium removed that layer, the homeopath could see the Aconite picture. The Homeopath prescribed that remedy. Over time, the client recovered from his PTSD.  It turns out that the client actually did seek homeopathic care earlier, was prescribed Aconite, but DID NOT take the remedy!!!  When he returned, he needed a different, deeper remedy.

Long Distance Effects of Shock and Fear

I remember 9/11 very well.  I was far removed from it, but I still needed a remedy to deal with the faces of evil people I kept seeing in my sleep.  My homeopath recommended Phosphorus for me.  It isn’t likely I would have ever developed PTSD from it, as I was a half a country away from the epicenter of the attack.  But I still needed to take a remedy to enable me to sleep.

Your proximity to the incident and how much it directly affected you certainly impact the likelihood of developing PTSD.  But there are no hard and fast rules on this.  Just to be sure, I’d call the homeopath at Lotus Homeopathy.

Diagnosing PTSD

There are, however, hard and fast rules to diagnosing PTSD.  There is an equation:

PTSD always equals trauma.
Trauma doesn’t always equal PTSD.

One of the criterion for diagnosing PTSD is “Exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence.” But how people experience a traumatic event is different from person to person.

Let’s say, for example, that a man is in a potentially deadly car accident with his family. He rescues his children and spouse from the vehicle. This action makes him feel strong and makes them all feel safe.  Will anyone from this accident develop PTSD?  Not likely.

But even a simple fender bender could make someone feel like they will die at any second. The response to the incidents is what leads to PTSD.  When hearing someone’s story of trauma, I need to know what sensations and emotions they had when it occured. Just knowing what happened isn’t enough.

Shock Remedies To Prevent PTSD

There are also a number of remedies that homeopaths consider when someone’s initial response to an incident is one of shock.  This is very common with an unexpected death, with Ignatia being the number one remedy recommended for this type of situation. Certainly it could also be the response to abuse, especially if it comes from someone who has never been that way towards you in the past.

I recall a client who, three years after the fact, was still shocked by the abusive response he got from his family to a letter he wrote.  (His didn’t turn into PTSD–it wasn’t the sort of thing that likely would.).  He got a remedy for shock because, well, he was still shocked!

Being directly affected by an incident and not treating it homeopathically can cause the symptoms to become entrenched in the body, causing mental, emotional, and eventually, physical dis-ease.

Studies On Preventing PTSD With Medicine

Cochrane, widely seen as being objective about what they post in terms of research, recently posted a summary of medicines being studied as a way to prevent PTSD.

One thing they pointed out is that most people do NOT develop PTSD when exposed to traumatic events.  So it could be difficult to conduct an accurate study on such medicines.

“The medicines most commonly given to participants in the studies included: hydrocortisone (which reduces the body’s immune response), propranolol (used to treat heart problems and anxiety, amongst other conditions), and gabapentin (a medicine primarily used to treat seizures and nerve pain).”

The summary of research, which was published on February 10, 2022, reported that no conclusions of any benefits to using the medications could be made.  For a variety of reasons, poorly designed studies, really low confidence levels in the results, etc.  Here is the link for the article, which was viewed 2/11/22.

The second link was last viewed on 7/28/23.



What’s Next

If you would like to Prevent or Recover from PTSD, schedule a Complementary Consult and we can discuss whether homeopathy will work for you!

This Blog Post was edited to include new information on 2/11/22 and again on 7/28/23


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Some of you know me, others of you may have heard of me. And for most, you probably have no clue about me or my business. So I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself, my family, my business, why I am a homeopath and how I became a homeopath—not necessarily in that order.

Like many people, I found out about homeopathy accidentally. I fell down while walking my Akita pup on an icy sidewalk on a typical Minnesota winter day. I was scheduled to go to a friend’s house later that day, so when I did, I asked her for some ice. You need some Arnica, she told me. Arnica? What’s that? She explained that Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for trauma.

At the time, the only place to get homeopathic remedies was a book and herb store in South Minneapolis. So I went there to get some. When I got there, I decided I should read some books so I actually knew what I was doing. I left with the Arnica 30c and three books. By the time I got done reading them, I knew I wanted to be a homeopath.

It was only several years later that I realized that I was attracted to homeopathy as a profession because I am a problem solver. It is what drives me. There is nothing like a well chosen homeopathic remedy to solve problems.

At the time I decided to become a homeopath, there wasn’t even a school here in in Minnesota. But eventually, my homeopath and his business partner started the Northwestern Academy of Homeopathy. I was a graduate of the third class. At the time I went there, it was a part time program taking three and a half years! Since then I have studied with numerous other well known and respected homeopaths in continuing education studies.

While I do work with all sorts of folks with a variety of conditions, I really have studied how to treat people suffering from PTSD, health issues related to aging women, and children’s health issues of all sorts, including autism. I have also been successful in removing blockages to healing due to suppression of symptoms by western medicine. I chose those specialties because people really suffer who have those forms of dis-ease, and Western Medicine doesn’t seem to have much of a solution for them.

After over twenty years of practice, I still get excited for clients when a remedy has helped them heal.

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