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Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD

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The number of individuals diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder has increased in the past decade, not only in the military and veteran population but within the civilian population as well. Traditional treatments such as pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy have provided less-than-ideal results proving to be less effective when used alone to treat the disorder. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD supplements these traditional treatments, using new and effective techniques to fill the therapeutic void. The alternative therapies covered include acceptance and commitment therapy, acupuncture, alternative pharmacology, canine assistive therapy, family focused interventions, internet and computer-based therapy, meditation techniques, mobile applications, recreational therapy, resilience training, transracial magnetic stimulation, virtual reality exposure therapy, and yoga. Each chapter delivers the most up-to-date understanding of neurobiology, best practices, and key points for clinicians and patients considering inclusion of these treatments in patient care. Drs. David Benedek and Gary Wynn offer insight into the future of complementary and alternative medicine, shining a light onto how these techniques fit into clinical practice to create the most beneficial treatments for the patient. This book is both an essential resource and practical guide to everyday clinical interactions. It is a necessary addition to the medical library for students and senior clinicians alike.

Handbook of Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Mental Health

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Scott Shannon is an MD, president elect of the American Holistic Medical Association, and considered a national expert on holistic psychiatry. In this book he brings together a comprehensive overview of CAM treatments, with information on their effectiveness and safety for specific patient populations and for use in treating specific disorders. Modalities covered include Acupuncture, Nutritional Medicine, Herbal Medicine, Meditation, Biofeedback, Aromatherapy and others. Coverage also includes chapters on the best CAM modalities for treatment of Anxiety and PTSD, Depression, ADD, and Addictions. Each chapter will be in a similar template, beginning with a description of the treatment, its safety, compatibility with conventional treatments and/or contrindications, scientific documentation of its efficacy, discussion of which disorders it is best used for, and references. Most comprehensive overview of rapidly expanding field Includes chapters by 24 leading psychiatric/psychological experts in these fields Documents and rates the research base in each area Offers practical clinical approaches for four common mental health concerns—depression, anxiety, ADHD, and addictions Areas not yet covered in professional training Practices commonly employed by the public (40-50% of the American public use complementary or alternative approaches) No previous book of this nature or scope

An Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder, and the disorder most frequently associated with combat exposure. An anticipated consequence of our troops' prolonged deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan is an increased incidence of PTSD among returning Veterans. The VA is committed to providing cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment for all Veterans, including those seeking PTSD-related services. Complementary alternative medicine (CAM) interventions are widely requested and used by mental health consumers, including Veterans and active duty personnel. CAM treatments are perceived to be less invasive and to have fewer side effects than traditional therapies and, in some cases, may be more congruent with individual treatment preference. VA is committed to expanding the evidence base and breadth of PTSD-related services available to Veterans. To this end, there is growing interest in applications of CAM. This evidence report was commissioned to examine the efficacy of CAM therapies for the treatment of PTSD. The Durham Evidence-based Synthesis Program (ESP) Center completed a systematic review, Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, that included studies of patients with PTSD. In response to a preliminary presentation, stakeholders and attendees requested the review be extended to other disorders related to, or often comorbid with, PTSD. This supplemental report examines CAM therapies for other anxiety diagnoses and depression to better ascertain the potential for CAM therapies in the treatment of PTSD. The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study found that 98.9 percent of Veterans with PTSD reached criteria for a lifetime comorbid psychiatric diagnosis, suggesting that the co-occurrence of PTSD with other psychiatric diagnoses is a ubiquitous phenomenon. Almost half of men (47.9%) and women (48.5%) in the general population with PTSD meet criteria for major depressive episode. Of the other anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social phobia are the most likely to co-occur with both PTSD and major depressive disorder (MDD). Further support for the interrelationship of these disorders is the recommendation for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition to reclassify the “emotional (or internalizing) disorders,” to include GAD, unipolar depression, panic disorder, phobic disorders, obsessional states, dysthymic disorders, PTSD and somatoform disorders. In addition, a shared association with abnormalities in the 5-HT transporter gene provides a potential mechanism to explain the clinical observation that antidepressants are effective for a variety of anxiety disorders. Since these disorders share symptoms, possible causative mechanisms, and common psychological and pharmacologic treatments, it is plausible that CAM therapies shown to be effective for depression or an anxiety disorder may be effective for PTSD. CAM refers to a group of healing techniques not traditionally practiced by Western-trained physicians but traditionally used in the medical systems of other parts of the world. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the National Institutes of Health has proposed a classification system for CAM therapies that includes natural products (e.g., dietary supplements, herbal remedies), mind-body medicine (e.g., meditation, acupuncture), manipulative and body-based practices (e.g., spinal manipulation, massage), whole medical systems (e.g., traditional Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine), and other alternative practices (e.g., light or movement therapy).This supplemental report examines the evidence base for mind-body medicine, manipulative and body-based practices, and movement or energy therapies in the treatment of depressive disorders and anxiety disorders other than PTSD.

Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the emotional disorder most frequently associated with combat and other potentially traumatic experiences that may occur during military service. It is often chronic and may be associated with significant comorbidities and functional impairments. Current first-line PTSD therapies include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral psychotherapies, stress inoculation training, and pharmacotherapies. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions include a range of therapies that are not considered standard to the practice of medicine in the U.S. CAM therapies are widely used by mental health consumers, including Veterans, and numerous stakeholders have expressed strong interest in fostering the evidence base for these approaches in PTSD. Thus, this evidence synthesis was requested by VA Research and Development to inform decisions on the need for research in this area.

An Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

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BACKGROUND: VA is committed to expanding the breadth of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)-related services available to Veterans. Since depressive and anxiety disorders share common features with PTSD, this report was commissioned to examine the efficacy of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies for the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders as a means to detect treatments that might be applicable to PTSD. METHODS: The key questions (KQs) were adapted from the parent report, Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. We searched MEDLINE(r) (via PubMed(r)) and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews for recent English-language systematic reviews (SRs) that examined the literature on mind-body medicine, manipulative and body-based practices, and movement or energy therapies, excluding nutritionals, herbal remedies and other supplements. To be included, SRs had to be published within the past five years and be evaluated as a "fair" or "good" quality. Titles, abstracts, and articles were reviewed in duplicate, and relevant data were abstracted by authors trained in the critical analysis of literature. KEY FINDINGS: We identified five relevant SRs on mind-body CAM therapies, but none on manipulative and body-based, movement-based, or energy therapies. Most primary studies were small trials that did not provide descriptions of CAM strategies adequate to permit replication. Dose, duration, and frequency of interventions sometimes varied widely. Key findings were: 1. For anxiety disorders, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of meditation (n = 2 studies). Studies reported high rates of dropout, suggesting that adherence to meditation may be problematic in a clinical setting; therefore, it is difficult to draw conclusions about the efficacy of meditation for the treatment of anxiety disorders.2. Relaxation and/or breathing retraining show promise as a CAM therapy for panic disorders. Evidence, however, is limited.3. Acupuncture shows some promise as a CAM therapy for depression, but results were mixed. For major depressive disorder (MDD), acupuncture showed greater effects than sham control on depressive symptoms but did not improve response or remission rates. It did not differ significantly from short-term use of antidepressants. However, for patients with post-stroke depression, acupuncture was more effective than short-term use of antidepressants.4. Mindfulness-based stress reduction has shown positive effects on anxiety and depressive symptoms. However, studies are poor to fair quality.5. No included SRs reported effects on health-related quality of life. Reported results provided limited data on adverse effects or retention rates. The limitations of the current evidence preclude strong conclusions about specific CAM interventions for the treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders. However, limited evidence supports the use of meditation, relaxation training and/or breathing retraining, and mindfulness-based stress reduction for anxiety, as well as acupuncture for depression. This evidence should be considered together with the direct data on CAM treatments for PTSD when planning further treatment studies.

Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is among the most common Axis I disorders, with an estimated lifetime prevalence in the U.S. of approximately 7%. PTSD is often chronic and is associated with significant adverse consequences, including high rates of depression and other psychiatric comorbidities; substance abuse; suicidality; impaired social, occupational, and family functioning; decreased quality of life; and increased rates of medical morbidity, health risk behaviors, and health service use. PTSD is the emotional disorder most frequently associated with combat and other potentially traumatic experiences that may occur during the course of military service (e.g., sexual assault, motor vehicle injury). Over 2.2 million U.S. troops have deployed in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF). One anticipated consequence of this sustained period of military operations is the increased incidence of PTSD among Veterans. Among OEF/OIF Veterans who received Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) care between 2002 and 2008, 22% were diagnosed with PTSD. In addition to increased mental health service use among this newest generation of Veterans, the VA has witnessed the sharpest increase in mental health service use among Vietnam-era Veterans. As the VA strives to anticipate and serve the treatment needs of the Veteran population, including those returning from current Middle East conflicts as well as Veterans of previous service eras, identifying and implementing effective PTSD treatment approaches remains a critical priority. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions are popular among consumers and are widely employed to treat diverse physical and mental health conditions. The results of a recent national survey show that nearly 38% of U.S. adults use CAM approaches to manage a range of physical and emotional health concerns, including pain, anxiety, and depression. Such widely used practices deserve careful evaluation and may hold promise as either adjunctive or primary PTSD therapies. Thus, this evidence synthesis was requested by VA Research and Development to inform decisions on the need for research in this area. This report reviews the evidence for common CAM approaches for PTSD and examines mind-body therapies, manipulative and body-based practices, and practices that are movement-based or involve energy therapies. PTSD is often chronic and may be associated with significant comorbidities and functional impairments. Current first-line PTSD therapies include trauma-focused cognitive behavioral psychotherapies, stress inoculation training, and pharmacotherapies. CAM interventions include a range of therapies that are not considered standard to the practice of medicine in the U.S. CAM therapies are widely used by mental health consumers, including Veterans, and numerous stakeholders have expressed strong interest in fostering the evidence base for these approaches in PTSD. Thus, this evidence synthesis was requested by VA Research and Development to inform decisions on the need for research in this area. Four key questions guided this systematic review: KQ 1. In adults with PTSD, are mind-body complementary and alternative medicine therapies (e.g., acupuncture, yoga, meditation) more efficacious than control for PTSD symptoms and health-related quality of life? KQ 2. In adults with PTSD, are manipulative and body-based complementary and alternative medicine therapies (e.g., spinal manipulation, massage) more efficacious than control for PTSD symptoms and health-related quality of life? KQ 3. In adults with PTSD, are complementary and alternative medicine therapies that are movement-based or involve energy therapies more efficacious than control for PTSD symptoms and health-related quality of life? KQ 4. For treatments evaluated in KQs 1–3 that lack randomized controlled trials, is there evidence from other study designs that suggests the potential for treatment efficacy?

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD

Author : David M. Benedek
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The number of individuals diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder has increased in the past decade, not only in the military and veteran population but within the civilian population as well. Traditional treatments such as pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy have provided less-than-ideal results proving to be less effective when used alone to treat the disorder. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD supplements these traditional treatments, using new and effective techniques to fill the therapeutic void. The alternative therapies covered include acceptance and commitment therapy, acupuncture, alternative pharmacology, canine assistive therapy, family focused interventions, internet and computer-based therapy, meditation techniques, mobile applications, recreational therapy, resilience training, transracial magnetic stimulation, virtual reality exposure therapy, and yoga. Each chapter delivers the most up-to-date understanding of neurobiology, best practices, and key points for clinicians and patients considering inclusion of these treatments in patient care. Drs. David Benedek and Gary Wynn offer insight into the future of complementary and alternative medicine, shining a light onto how these techniques fit into clinical practice to create the most beneficial treatments for the patient. This book is both an essential resource and practical guide to everyday clinical interactions. It is a necessary addition to the medical library for students and senior clinicians alike.

Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

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Overview of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies for Anxiety and Depressive Disorders

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A Qualitative Study on the Effects of Exercise on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Author : John M. Rodia
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Posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a potentially debilitating chronic condition that can occur following an exposure to a traumatic event and can cause clinically significant social and occupational impairment. Although only a minority of those exposed to trauma will develop PTSD, research suggests that PTSD is quite common with an estimated lifetime prevalence of between 5 and 10% of the general population. Common empirically-suppo1ted psychotherapy modalities for PTSD include cognitive-behavioral and trauma-focused therapies. However, these conventional treatments are subject to high dropout rates or early termination of treatment due to such things as exacerbation of symptoms and time or logistical constraints. As such, both providers and clients continue to seek viable conventional and complementary or alternative treatments of PTSD. Recent research has established that exercise may help fill this need. Using phenomenological methods, this research explored the lived-experience of a cross-section of community-based adults with PTSD and the effects of a four-week exercise program on those participants. Themes identified from the pre-exercise interviews include: the dichotomy of life before and after trauma; feelings of "deserving" to have PTSD, existential confusion, and an inability to move forward. The post-exercise interviews reflected themes of hope, agency, self-awareness, and pride in doing something worthwhile. The results from this study show that exercise may be an effective complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) intervention for PTSD.

Rhythms of Recovery

Author : Leslie E. Korn
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Rhythm is one of the most important components of our survival and well-being. It governs the patterns of our sleep and respiration and is profoundly tied to our relationships with friends and family. But what happens when these rhythms are disrupted by traumatic events? Can balance be restored, and if so, how? What insights do eastern, natural, and modern western healing traditions have to offer, and how can practitioners put these lessons to use? Is it possible to do this in a way that's culturally sensitive, multidisciplinary, and grounded in research? Clients walk through the door with chronic physical and mental health problems as a result of traumatic events—how can clinicians make quick and skillful connection with their clients' needs and offer integrative mind/body methods they can rely upon? Rhythms of Recovery not only examines these questions, it also answers them, and provides clinicians with effective, time-tested tools for alleviating the destabilizing effects of traumatic events. For practitioners and students interested in integrating the insights of complementary/alternative medicine and 21st-century science, this deeply appealing book is an ideal guide. Rhythms of Recovery provides 10 continuing education units through the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselor Education Home study program (exam required): http://www.mamhca.org/lmhcs/home-study-program/

Primitive Diagnosis Method and Mantram As an Experimental Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD

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This book is a beacon of hope for those who find government sanctioned Posttraumatic Stress Disorder treatment options unsatisfactory. There are holistic and alternative options available today with clinically proven success rates that exceed those of the medication and counseling combination. Further research is necessary as no one solution fits all soldiers, but as support for integrative methods grows, so do the number of treatment options. More choices generate hope every time a soldier with PTSD chooses to try treatment as an alternative to suicide.

A Z of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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A-Z listing of subjects relevant to CAM including the following areas: Aromatherapy Ayurveda Bach Flower Remedies Chiropractic Hypnosis Hydrotherapy Homeopathy Massage Medical Herbalism Osteopathy Nutrition Reflexology Reiki TCM and Oriental Medicine (including shiatsu) Yoga.

The Complex Ptsd Treatment Manual

Author : Arielle Schwartz
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Clinicians working with complex trauma are honored with the most sacred of tasks: to bear witness to clients' suffering and to attend compassionately to their wounds. In The Complex PTSD Treatment Manual, clinicians will find the road map they need to conduct successful therapy with clients who have experienced prolonged exposure to traumatic events. Combining the science and art of therapy, Dr. Arielle Schwartz seamlessly integrates research-based interventions with the essentials of healing to create a whole-person approach to trauma treatment. Drawing from her years of experience in working with trauma survivors, Dr. Schwartz provides clinicians with the tools they need to become a trustworthy companion to trauma survivors and become capable of guiding a healing journey for clients with a history of abuse or neglect. Within these pages, you will find: - Essential interventions that strengthen mindful body awareness, enhance distress tolerance, cultivate self-compassion, and facilitate trauma recovery - Over 50 practices, worksheets, and self-reflection points to utilize in each stage of the client's therapeutic process - Integration of several therapeutic approaches for trauma treatment, including relational therapy, mindful body awareness, parts work therapy, CBT, EMDR, somatic psychology, and practices drawn from complementary and alternative medicine

Recovering the Self

Author : Ernest Dempsey
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Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing (Vol. II, No. 2) April 2010 "Recovering The Self" is a quarterly journal which explores the themes of recovery and healing through poetry, memoir, essays, Opinion, fiction, humor, media reviews and psycho-education. Areas of concern include aging, disabilities, health, abuse recovery, trauma/PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Contributors come from around the world to provide a mirror of the experience of peoples of all cultures and beliefs. This issue explores a number of areas of concern including: Complementary and Alternative Therapies Combat Veterans and PTSD Overcoming jealousy Mental illness Addiction Parenting Eldercare Psychotherapy Media reviews Abuse Recovery and much more! Acclaim for "Recovering The Self" "Editor Ernest Dempsey does an admirable job of pulling this material together in a pleasing shape. Each piece offers a revelation, insight, or lesson for the reader to take away. The writing throughout is excellent." --Janet Riehl, author "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary" "I highly recommend a subscription to this journal, "Recovering the Self, " for professionals who are in the counseling profession or who deal with crisis situations. Readers involved with the healing process will also really enjoy this journal and feel inspired to continue on. The topics covered in the first journal alone, will motivate you to continue reading books on the subject matter presented. Guaranteed." --Paige Lovitt for Reader Views Visit us online at www.RecoveringSelf.com Published by Loving Healing Press www.LovingHealing.com Periodicals: Literary - Journal Self-Help: Personal Growth - Happiness

Mosby s Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Author : Wayne B. Jonas
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Approximately 6,600 terms, 500 illustrations and 24 appendices comprise this contemporary, health care glossary which covers the five major areas of complementary and alternative medicine as outlined by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.

Treating PTSD in Military Personnel Second Edition

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This state-of-the-science guide to assessing and treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in active-duty service members and veterans has now been extensively revised with 65% new material. Leading authorities review available evidence-based treatments, including individual, group, and couple and family therapy approaches. Knowledge about military culture, the stressors experienced by service members, and common challenges for both military and civilian practitioners is woven through the volume and reflected in the vivid case examples. Chapters on specific clinical issues delve into co-occurring affective, anxiety, substance use, and sleep disorders; treatment of particular types of trauma; suicide prevention; and more. New to This Edition *Chapters on additional treatments: mindfulness-based behavioral and cognitive therapies, stress inoculation training, cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy, group therapy, and complementary and alternative therapies. *Chapters on additional clinical issues: chronic pain, moral injury, complex traumatic stress disorders, and posttraumatic growth. *Updated throughout with the latest treatment research and DSM-5 diagnostic changes.

Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the signature injuries of the U.S. conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, but it affects veterans of all eras. It is estimated that 7-20% of service members and veterans who served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom may have the disorder. PTSD is characterized by a combination of mental health symptoms - re-experiencing of a traumatic event, avoidance of trauma-associated stimuli, adverse alterations in thoughts and mood, and hyperarousal - that last at least 1 month and impair functioning. PTSD can be lifelong and pervade all aspects of a service member's or veteran's life, including mental and physical health, family and social relationships, and employment. It is often concurrent with other health problems, such as depression, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, substance abuse disorder, and intimate partner violence. The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide a spectrum of programs and services to screen for, diagnose, treat for, and rehabilitate service members and veterans who have or are at risk for PTSD. The 2010 National Defense Authorization Act asked the Institute of Medicine to assess those PTSD programs and services in two phases. The Phase 1 study, Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Initial Assessment, focused on data gathering. Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations Final Assessment is the report of the second phase of the study. This report analyzes the data received in Phase 1 specifically to determine the rates of success for each program or method. Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations Final Assessment considers what a successful PTSD management system is and whether and how such a system is being implemented by DoD and VA. This includes an assessment of what care is given and to whom, how effectiveness is measured, what types of mental health care providers are available, what influences whether a service member or veteran seeks care, and what are the costs associated with that care. This report focuses on the opportunities and challenges that DoD and VA face in developing, implementing, and evaluating services and programs in the context of achieving a high-performing system to care for service members and veterans who have PTSD. The report also identifies where gaps or new emphases might be addressed to improve prevention of, screening for, diagnosis of, and treatment and rehabilitation for the disorder. The findings and recommendations of Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Military and Veteran Populations: Final Assessment will encourage DoD and VA to increase their efforts in moving toward a high-performing, comprehensive, integrated PTSD management strategy that addresses the needs of current and future service members, veterans, and their families.

Complementary Medicine in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery a Cross sectional Survey on Usage and Needs

Author : Anica Kilper
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Abstract: Objectives Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is frequently used in Western countries within general medicine and internal medicine. Information on the use in orthopaedic and trauma surgery is widely lacking. The aim of this study was to investigate usage and needs regarding CAM for these patients. Design Prospective paper-based, pseudoanonymous, cross-sectional survey. Setting From August to December 2018, a questionnaire composed of 17 questions was distributed to all eligible patients. Participants In-house patients in orthopaedic and trauma surgery at a high-volume medical centre in Germany. Primary and secondary outcome measures Previous or current usage of CAM, interest and requests towards CAM as well as communication about CAM. Results Overall, 457 orthopaedic and trauma surgical patients took part in the survey. They were on average 52 years old and 54% were male. Most of the patients were admitted due to bone fractures and most underwent operative therapy. Previous or current CAM usage was stated by 76% and 30% of patients, respectively. Most of the patients stated to be interested in usage of CAM and demanded for more clinical usage of CAM and reliable information about CAM. More than 90% of patients did not discuss CAM interest or usage with their treating physicians. Patients stated that physicians should have knowledge about CAM. They wish to be treated in a holistic manner and want to strengthen self-efficacy. Conclusions Usage of CAM of patients in orthopaedic and trauma surgery appears to be high. Only a few patients discuss their interest and usage of CAM with their treating physician. Therefore, surgeons should ask their patients about CAM and should consider evidence-based CAM approaches for complementary treatment

The IRest Program for Healing PTSD

Author : Richard (C.) Miller
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If you suffer from post - traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), you know how debilitating the symptoms can be. Many times, people with PTSD will suffer flashbacks, have intense nightmares and difficulty sleeping, and may feel angry, anxious, and constantly ''on alert.'' Living with PTSD is extremely difficult, but there are ways that you can manage your symptoms and, in time, recover. In The iRest Program for Healing PTSD, clinical psychologist and yogic scholar Richard C. Miller - named one of the top twenty - five yoga teachers by Yoga Journal - offers an innovative and proven - effective ten - step yoga program for treating post - traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The deep relaxation meditations in this book will help you overcome the common symptoms of PTSD, such as anxiety, insomnia, and depression, and maintain emotional stability so that you can return to living a full, meaningful life. The author's iRest protocol is an integrative approach that heals the various unresolved issues, traumas, and wounds that are present in the body and mind. It recognizes the underlying sense of calm that is always present, even amidst all changing circumstances of life. Extensive research has shown that iRest effectively supports the healing process across a broad range of populations. Currently, there are iRest programs in military hospitals across the US, as well as in correctional facilities, hospices, clinics, schools, and organizations supporting personal growth and well - being. iRest has been endorsed by the US Army Surgeon General and Defense Centers of Excellence as a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). If you are ready to start healing from your trauma and get back to living the life you once knew - a life free from fear, anxiety, and sleepless nights - this book will help you find your way.