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POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)
People with post-traumatic stress disorder usually need a combination of emotional healing work and physical healing. Typically, their adrenals are exhausted and they may also be enervated (meaning their nerves are exhausted).
Signs of adrenal exhaustion include:
Fatigue coupled with restless sleep, cravings for sugar and caffeine, mental confusion, loss of short term memory
Emotional sensitivity (easily moved to tears, anger, etc.), Quivering tongue, pulsing pupils.
Try these recommendations for adrenal exhaustion:
Adrenal Support or Nervous Fatigue and Magnesium Complex and Mind Max (enhances synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus); minimize exposure to electronic equipment.
Signs of enervation include:
Trembling hands, feeling shaky and nervous and Feeling overwhelmed.
Most people with PTSD need emotional healing work to deal with the stress. For emotional healing we turn to Distress Remedy. Distress Remedy is a general stress remedy. These physical symptoms may indicate a need for this remedy: Nervous exhaustion obsessive/compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, seizures, bulimia, failure to thrive, anxiety and panic attacks, tight muscles and inflammation.
Distress Remedy is the remedy for shock. It is used for centering and balancing. It is indicated in personal and family crisis situations like hearing bad news, accidents, death of close family, friends and pets. It can be taken internally when a person is feeling stressed or overwhelmed. It is used when a person has multiple emotional issues because it contains flower essences that deal with anger, sadness and fear.
One herbal remedy that has been recommended for PTSD is Mind-Max. The description following as it applies to PTSD. This information was provided by scientist, Dr. Guosong Liu.
He says: Mg threonate (MgT) (developed by M.I.T.) increases the brain level of magnesium. The brain needs a minimum of 400 mg. of magnesium and the threonate part makes it highly bio-available, allowing it to cross the blood/brain barrier and enter the brain. This enhances the synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus, a part of the brain. The result is enhanced learning capacity and improved long-term memory. It helps cognition and emotional memory. MgT erases fear memory making it a good supplement for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It reduces anxiety like behavior and helps with emotional control.
Most of us do not get enough magnesium. The lower the magnesium in your brain, the worse your memory will be. The more electronic equipment like computers and cell phones you are exposed to, the more depleted in magnesium you become. It may be a good idea to take Magnesium Complex along with Mind-Max for best results.
The brain ages faster without MgT. Research shows that our state of consciousness (alertness, orientation, memory and attention span) all decline from age 45 on. We lose 5 to 10% of the synapses in our brain between the ages of 20 and 90. The more toxins and stress you have, the quicker your mind deteriorates. Confusion is the first sign that something is wrong. This is due to the loss of connections between brain cells. The Bacopa in the Mind-Max formula boosts memory and fights stress. Other symptoms are a lack of self-awareness and a personal sense that you cannot pay attention.
It is recommended you take Mind-Max in the evening at first because a sedative/drowsiness effect may result from initial doses due to the sudden increase in the level of magnesium in the brain if there has been an abnormally low level of magnesium in the body. This symptom should resolve in 3 to 5 days using Mind Max. Once an individual overcomes the initial sedative effect, daytime doses may become the norm unless you prefer taking it at bedtime.
Here are additional supplement recommendations from others who have worked with people with PTSD.
Tara says her husband has used the following combination of herbal products and it has worked wonders: Mood Elevator, Stress Relief, Super Omega 3-EPA, Evening Primrose Oil and Liver Cleanse Formula. Tonia recommends adding Chinese Nervous Fatigue and Mineral Chi Tonic to this program.
Lifting Depression and Sadness
Millions of Americans take antidepressant drugs. These drugs do little to restore their users to physical or mental health and may have serious side effects. While depression has multiple causes (which may require different remedies), at its most fundamental level, depression is a loss of energy. A person simply does not have the energy to cope with the normal stresses and pressures of life. Thus, their energy and their mood "sag."
Mood Elevator is designed to relieve this "sagging chi" or reduced energy. It increases energy and helps overcome sad, heavy feelings. Many people have successfully weaned themselves off of antidepressant drugs like SSRIs using this traditional Chinese formula. Because it works on the liver, colon, lymphatics and other systems and not on serotonin levels in the brain, it can be taken in conjunction with other medications. As a person feels better, they can work with their doctor to reduce or eliminate their drugs.
Mood Elevator eases feelings of stress and anxiety, improves sleep and eases congestion and toxicity. It also helps with prolepses of internal organs like the uterus and colon. It relieves lymphatic stagnation and may be helpful for chronic respiratory congestion and PMS with dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation).
Relieving Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Burn-Out
When we're under stress for a long period of time we can develop a "burned-out" feeling. We feel like we are unable to cope with life; we just can't handle "one more thing." If the stress is bad enough we develop PTSD. When this happens TCM sees our heart or spirit (shen) as being in need of nurturing and support.
Nervous Fatigue was formulated to "nurture the yin of the heart," which means it increases our emotional energy and ability to "take heart" and cope with the stresses of life. The person who needs this formula is tired and worn-out and suffers from disturbed sleep. They feel emotionally vulnerable and may cry easily or feel overly sensitive. They may lack a normal sex drive, feel enervated and find thinking and concentration difficult. Short-term memory and concentration often suffer. They may sense extreme anxiety in the area of their heart and even experience heart palpitations.
Millions of Americans are suffering from this "burned-out" feeling due to chronic stress and the overuse of caffeine, sugar and other stimulants. Nervous Fatigue can improve their energy, help them sleep better and feel like they can cope again. It has an adaptogenic effect, meaning it reduces levels of stress hormones. It supports the adrenal glands and helps a person reignite their zest for life.
Cooling Fever and Inflammation
Modern medical research has found that chronic inflammation is at the root of many degenerative diseases. In TCM and other traditional systems of medicine, inflammation is simply referred to as "heat." This makes sense, since the classic symptoms of inflammation are heat, redness, swelling and pain.
When the "heat" or inflammation is acute and caused by an external influence, such as an infection, it is called "heat evil" in IF-C is a traditional Chinese formula designed to "clear the heat" or reduce "heat evil." In Western terms, it helps to fight infection and reduce inflammation.
IF-C is useful for all inflammatory diseases ("-itises") such as tonsillitis, mastitis and arthritis, dry or irritated eyes, earaches, sore throats, fever with chills, sore and bleeding gums, skin infections and ringing in the ears. It may help treat hemorrhoids, gallstones, hepatitis, anemia, insomnia, chipping nails and depression.
When the inflammation "comes and goes" or the infection is chronic and low-grade, the TCM formula VS-C is helpful. Although it was specifically formulated to treat chronic herpes infections, it is helpful for shingles, chronic fatigue and other chronic viral infections. It is heat reducing and anti-inflammatory, but strengthens the immune system, making it helpful for low-grade bacterial infections.
Sleep and Pain Relief
We can not emphasize enough the importance of improving sleep. Start with Herbal Sleep and Super Algae for sleep. Super Algae should be taken twice during the day and at bedtime. If this does not seem to be working try 5-HTP Power and/or SUMA Combination.
If you have a virus of any kind use St. John’s Wort, Olive Leaf Extract and VS-C together are helpful. The St. John’s Wort will help with depression that goes with this kind of illness and has an anti-viral asset. +++R.A.
Instead of making a choice to do something constructive, we chose to do something to distract us from our fear (eat, drink, take drugs, go shopping, watch TV, play on computer, horde stuff, engage in any other addictive, compulsive or self-defeating behavior)
Stress Relief: Anxiety, stress, and insomnia, reduces stress and nervousness, relaxes muscle tension. Promotes calmness and tranquility (stressed formula)
Nervous Fatigue: For those who feel exhausted and “burned-out.” Improves sleep, detoxifies the liver. Promotes greater inner strength and ability to stand up to the stresses of life.(weakened formula)
ANGER - Venting anger
Liver Balance: Reduces “wood energy,” the energy associated with anger; detoxifies the liver; reduces feeling of anger and irritability by helping us create internal harmony and balance (Stressed formulas)
IF-C: Reduces excess “yang” or heat in the body; cools fever and inflammation; cools feelings of irritability, agitation, and restlessness (Stressed formulas)
ANGER - Holding Anger In
Trigger Immune: Increases energy and builds blood. Helpful for general weakness and lowered resistance to disease. Supports immune “shielding” (weakened formula).
DISTRESS REMEDY - Flower Essences
Whenever these difficult situations arise, it is helpful to stay calm, centered and focused on what needs to be done. Distress Remedy can be used to restore a sense of presence and awareness during situations that provoke shock or trauma. It can help a person stay calm in a crisis situation, keeping them from going into panic or losing their temper.
The flower essences in this blend help a person to stay present and focused during any crisis situation or stressful event. This helps a person stay calm and able to deal with the problems at hand. Distress Remedy can be used to help a person who has been physically injured and is in shock. It will even promote tissue healing when applied topically to injuries.
Nourishing Your Brain
Scientific evidence suggests that schizophrenia, depression and other brain and behavioral disorders can be treated with vitamins, amino acids, essential oils and other nutrients.
The standard American diet is sadly lacking in B vitamins, Vitamin C and Vitamin E w/Selenium and iron, just to name a few deficiencies. The average American eats too much fat and too little complex carbohydrates and primary proteins. This can create minor or severe imbalances in the chemistry of the brain.
Ginkgo is a powerful antioxidant that acts as a vasodilator (opens blood vessels) and natural blood thinner so that circulation to the brain is increased.
L-Glutamine (used alone or with Focus Attention or GABA PIus) is an amino acid that helps regulate glucose usage in the brain and clear the waste products of its metabolism. L-glutamine and Focus Attention contain DMAE or dimethylaminoethanol. DMAE helps improve memory retention, elevate mood, increase intelligence and expand learning capacity by accelerating the brain's synthesis acetylcholine.
Red Beet Formula a formula for the pancreas, helps to keep blood sugar levels stable and therefore more available to the brain.
Neurons (nerve cells) must communicate with one another across tiny gaps or synapses. Larger numbers of synapses are associated with increased learning. Impulse transmission across the synapses is accomplished by neuropeptides (specialized proteins) called neuro-transmitters. These neurotransmitters not only aid in brain cell communication, they affect other mental functions such as mood, emotions and pain. Amino acids in the presence of certain Vitamins and Minerals are necessary for the body to make neurotransmitters. Free Amino Acids and B-Complex can supply such neurotransmitter precursors.
5-HTP Power is designed to help the body make a specific neurotransmitter, serotonin, which helps the body to regulate appetite, mood and sleep. 5-HTP Power contains hydroxytryptophan (a form of the amino acid L-tryptophan) and vitamin B6, which the body uses to make serotonin. 5-HTP Power is specially formulated so that serotonin is formed in the brain where it is needed and not in the intestine where it would be wasted.
Brain-Protex contains antioxidants that can cross the blood-brain barrier and other substances that have profound effects on brain tissue. One such substance is phosphatidyl serine, a nutrient that is found in brain cells and can help slow mental decline associated with aging.
Brain-Protex contains Huperzine from Chinese club moss. Huperzine prevents breakdown of the neuro- transmitter acetylcholine, vital to memory retrieval and concentration. Brain-Protex helps with memory enhancement, treatment of Alzheimer's disease and possibly Parkinson's, dementia, senile memory deficit, concentration and mental focus.
SAM-e is the main antioxidant in neutralizing brain toxins and free radicals. SAM-e promotes fluidity of the cell membrane, a process that is essential for proper nerve cell function. Studies have shown SAM-e to have rapid effectiveness in stopping depression.
Lecithin is a source of nourishment for the brain as it contains trace amounts of phosphaddyl serine and helps the body to build protective myelin sheaths.
DIET IS IMPORTANT
You should avoid alcohol, smoking and caffeine. Avoid processed foods, all sugar, white flour products and dairy. Eat organic meat, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds. You will feel much better for doing it.