We are excited to share our featured article in SoulSpring discussing the benefits of holistic healing. In this article, Dr. Bradley Nelson offers suggestions for ways you can practice holistic healing to manage trauma.

June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and recent research on the emotional roots of PTSD, anxiety, and depression indicates that energy healing through The Emotion Code® energy healing modality holds promise for relieving symptoms among trauma survivors.

Although PTSD is most commonly associated with combat veterans, any terrifying, traumatic, or life-threatening event that is either experienced or witnessed can result in PTSD. A recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry found that 30% of COVID-19 survivors experienced PTSD. Other traumas that can lead to PTSD include sexual assault, accidents, physical assault, disaster, or witnessing a death or injury.

PTSD is a common and debilitating ailment resulting in emotional detachment, depression, anxiety, withdrawal from friends and family, and loss of interest in everyday activities. PTSD sufferers may experience extreme emotional or physical reactions such as panic attacks, heart palpitations, nightmares, crying, insomnia, paranoia, nausea, and chills when they are reminded of the traumatic event or events that led to their PTSD. Hyper-vigilance, a state of being constantly fearful and unable to relax, is a hallmark of PTSD and the body’s response to avoid more pain, danger, or stress.

There is growing evidence that trauma can have far-reaching intergenerational impacts. Research into epigenetics, how genes can be modified by experiences, indicates that trauma can alter a person’s genes in ways that can be passed down through subsequent generations. A widely published study of descendants of Holocaust survivors, for instance, found genetic changes in their DNA code in areas responsible for regulating stress hormones, making them more vulnerable to and less able to deal with the results of stress — and more likely to suffer from PTSD.

Research on Holistic Healing for PTSD

Alternative therapies that do not rely on drugs are becoming more common for soldiers and others who have been exposed to trauma. For instance, The Emotion Code® is an energy healing modality we designed to help people discover and release Trapped Emotions™, unresolved negative emotions from difficult and traumatic experiences.

New research into The Emotion Code found it shows “significant efficacy” in relieving symptoms of self-reported PTSD, anxiety, and depression. It found that people who practiced The Emotion Code reported benefits in these conditions regardless of the severity of their symptoms.

“It may be beneficial to offer Emotion Code sessions to those seeking treatment for anxiety, PTSD, and depression as an option along with other well-verified treatment modalities, especially because the treatment is minimally invasive and shows to be highly effective,” states the study, which was published in the Journal of Alternative and Integrative Medicine.

Asking the right questions 

To help people identify and release Trapped Emotions, we developed a simple process that involves asking a series of questions and to get yes or no answers from the subconscious mind through muscle testing. Muscle testing can tell us if Trapped Emotions are present and if they’ve been released. The entire history of stress and illness is recorded by the subconscious mind in each of us. We can find answers to questions about Trapped Emotions by the strength or weakness in a muscle, which indicates a yes or a no.

If you feel you or someone you love might be suffering from PTSD, it’s important to get help. Emotional healing tools such as The Emotion Code may help you release negative Trapped Emotions so that you can live a happier life, free from the traumas in your past. You can find a global community of Independent Certified Emotion Code Practitioners to clear these emotional energies online at DiscoverHealing.com/practitioners. Additional information on Emotion Code training can be found on DiscoverHealing.com/certification for those wishing to be trained.

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