Holistic Remedies for Healing TraumaNov 12, 2022
Holistic Remedies to Help You Heal Trauma
The path to healing trauma is going to look different for everyone. It’s all about preference, experience and holistic medicine has many options available to you. If you are suffering from trauma, you are not alone. In fact, according to data about 70% of the world has been exposed to a traumatic event.
Trauma manifests itself in many ways, and it can vary day by day, and person to person. It’s important when dealing with trauma to find the natural remedies that work best for you. Let’s look at an overview of trauma, and how holistic medicine can help.
What is Trauma?
To start, we need to know what trauma is before we can begin to heal. Trauma is defined as an emotional response to a terrible life event. This can include:
- Bad childhood
- Abusive family members
- Natural disaster
- Physical or sexual assault
- Large historical events
After a traumatic event, there’s typically a time of shock and denial. It takes a while to accept that the trauma has occurred, and some people may stay in the state of denial for a long time. As one continues to deal with trauma, they may have:
- Unpredictable emotions
- Strained relationships
- Flashbacks to the event
It’s important to note that trauma doesn’t only come from what society deems a substantial event. A person can experience trauma from almost anything, and symptoms may not show up until years later. This is why it’s essential to take care of yourself physically and mentally with holistic remedies.
Having a reaction to trauma is completely normal. The problem is that if you don’t take the time to heal, it can stay with you the rest of your life. It’s important to seek help and take care of yourself with holistic medicine and therapies to heal trauma.
Long-Term Effects of Trauma
Once you’ve gone through a traumatic event, you may think it will only affect you mentally. Trauma can manifest in the body physically and emotionally and stay with you the rest of your life. When you start to notice the effects of trauma, it’s time to start healing. Some of the most common long-term effects of trauma are:
- Sleeping problems
- Breathing problems
- Chronic pain
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Poor gut health
- Intense mood swings or outbursts
- Substance abuse
- Somatic symptoms
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
While the long-term effects of trauma may not last your whole life, you shouldn’t count on them going away on their own. Not only that, they can be detrimental to your health as well as hinder you in life. This is especially true for untreated PTSD.
What is PTSD?
PTSD stands for post traumatic stress disorder, and it’s one of the most common long-term effects of trauma. Typically, after a traumatic event your symptoms will lessen overtime. If they don’t it’s considered PTSD. Symptoms of PTSD can include:
- Recurring nightmares of the traumatic event
- Emotional reactions to something that may remind you of the traumatic event
- Avoiding talking about it
- Avoiding places and people that remind you of it
- Feeling numb
- Being easily startled
Not everyone who has PTSD will experience the same symptoms, and it can depend on the type of event they experienced. The good news is that with holistic medicine, one can begin to heal their trauma no matter what stage they are in.
Holistic Medicine Therapy to Heal Trauma
There are many different ways to work on healing trauma holistically. It will depend on your preference and it may take trial and error to find what works best. Let’s look at some of the best holistic remedies for healing trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR is a holistic form of therapy. It’s a type of therapy that utilizes eye movements to increase the brain’s capacity to heal trauma. The idea is to treat health conditions such as PTSD that happen after experiencing a traumatic event. There are different phases in EMDR that are essential to the healing process. Here is a summary of some of the phases:
- Phase 1: Taking your history and information
- Phase 2: Preparing you to connect with images, emotions, feelings and sensations related to the traumatic event
- Phase 3: Eye movement or bilateral stimulation of the patient while they connect with the memory, images, sensations, feelings and emotions around the event.
- Phase 4: Assessing any changes to the memory and the intensity of feelings, emotions and sensations.
- Phase 5: Assessing any improvement in positive thoughts and beliefs about yourself after processing the traumatic memory.
An EMDR session will usually last up to 45-60 minutes,
This is, of course, a very simple explanation of the process. When you work with a therapist that practices EMDR, you will get an in-depth explanation to start your trauma healing journey.
Gestalt therapy is another holistic remedy for trauma. This type of therapy centers around increasing your awareness. Instead of focusing on the past event, Gestalt therapy focuses on the present. So, instead of focusing on your trauma, the idea is that you are influenced by the present.
So, that means that you’ll be focusing on present challenges in your life instead of digging into your past. This type of therapy also embraces that everyone is different, so there’s no concrete way that a session will go.
When working with a therapist through the Gestalt method, you will heal trauma holistically by working on personal growth and balance. It also focuses on empathy and learning to trust your own feelings, which is very important for someone dealing with trauma.
While EMDR and Gestalt therapy focus on the mind and body together, somatic experiencing focuses largely on the body’s sensations around a traumatic memory. This is another great holistic remedy for healing trauma. Instead of diving into your thoughts regarding the traumatic event, you will include bodily responses.
This is so important, especially for trauma, since many things can manifest physically. Somatic means “of the body,” so you’ll be emphasizing the connection between the body and mind. The idea behind it is that traumatic experiences can lead to nervous system dysfunction that hinders you from actually processing what you experienced.
During somatic experiencing, you’ll be encouraged to notice what happens to your body when you’re experiencing mental responses. For example, many people who have been through trauma experience the freeze response.
The freeze response is essentially the opposite of fight or flight. This happens when your body doesn’t think there’s a good chance of escaping, so you freeze. It’s a way that your body tries to conserve energy during a trauma response. Somatic experiencing can help you to assess long-term trauma in the body in a holistic way.
Somatic experiencing is done with what’s called a “bottom-up” approach. You’ll recognize bodily sensations and learn with your therapist about how it works with your trauma response. This type of therapy can be used in combination with other holistic methods such such as EMDR and Gestalt.
Other Holistic Remedies for Trauma
Along with holistic therapy, there are many natural ways to take care of yourself while healing trauma. These natural remedies are easy to incorporate into daily life and make a habit.
Homeopathic Remedies for Anxiety, Depression & Trauma
Homeopathic remedies and Bach flower remedies are excellent treatments for trauma, are also a holistic treatment of anxiety, depression and stress. Be sure to check out all the homeopathic remedies I use for depression and trauma here for a natural anxiety relief.
Keep a Journal
This one is easy. When you’re healing trauma holistically, it’s important to keep track of your progress to see how far you’ve come. FInd a journal that speaks to you, and write your thoughts down. The simple act of putting pen to paper is a great way to get your thoughts out of your head.
Take a Screen Break
In the age of technology, we spend so much time in front of screens. While working on healing your trauma, be mindful of taking breaks from screens and the internet. Taking that time to disconnect will help you clear your mind and give your eyes a break.
Trauma Informed Meditation
Meditation is a mindful practice that can be used to heal trauma holistically. When we meditate, we are actively looking into our consciousness and can reflect on our past. During trauma healing, we may unearth memories we weren’t expecting. It’s important to practice trauma informed meditation so you’re prepared to face anything that may surface.
Free Holistic Medicine Courses to Heal Trauma
The bottom line is that the road to healing trauma can be long and difficult. If you’re interested in learning more about healing your body AND your mind, sign up for Dr. Ameets Free Online Holistic Medicine Course!
We will go into detail about how trauma affects the body and what you can do to heal yourself. With our holistic remedies, you should be back to yourself in no time. Let the healing begin!