Alternative PTSD Treatment Updates

There are many ways veterans can find relief from their PTSD symptoms. As far as we know, there’s still no definitive ‘cure’ for PTSD, but help is definitely available. The Integrative Medicine Techniques described here might provide some relief.


By Raymond F. Gustavson, Jr.

I recently discovered a procedure that is being used to treat the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The procedure is called Integrative Medicine Techniques, and is taught by Susan Davis, Th.M (Master of Theology), at Fort Carson, Colorado.

The procedure includes yoga, along with some unique and novel-sounding names, such as the Ring of Crystal, Auto­genic Training, Guided Imagery, and the Individual Inner Counselor Process.

The key to success with this therapy is that it allows the veteran returning from a combat zone to become communicative, to learn to relax, and reduce the stress in his or her life. As you may remember, soldiers returning from Vietnam usually clammed up when asked about their experiences over there. This made things much more difficult for therapists trying to unlock the traumatic experiences suffered by the veterans.

Davis begins the treatment process with yoga, which focuses on breathing awareness, on slowing the body down, and on reducing stress.

Next comes the Ring of Crystal, where she concentrates on the 13 acupuncture points in the body, using the techniques of guided imagery, massaging, and tapping. The purpose of this part of the therapy is that it lowers the free radicals in the body. For those of us who don’t know what this means, some scientists theorize that free radicals are associated with high stress levels in the body.

Davis also uses Autogenic Training, a relaxation technique pioneered in 1932 by a German psychiatrist named Johannes Schultz. Similar to the relaxation techniques used in yoga and meditation, this procedure is repeated three or four times, and often leads to a deep sleep.

The Individual Inner Counselor Process involves inducing a light state of hypnosis that allows the mind to experience full awareness and increased imagery. This starts with a fifteen-step process that lets the veteran connect the conscious, sub-conscious, and super-conscious parts of the mind. Sounds weird, I know, but the process carries the individual back to the origin(s) of the trauma and identifies the particular area of the body that is holding on to the stressful feelings. These feelings are then brought to the conscious surface of the mind where they can be dealt with.

This therapy has proven highly effective, and along with other treatments, offers new hope to veterans suffering from the ongoing, and very real, problem of post-traumatic stress disorder.


Raymond F. Gustavson, Jr.Retired VA Rating Specialist Raymond F. Gustavson, Jr. served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam, and is writing a self-help book to help veterans understand the complexities of the VA claims process.