With the shock of the tornado damage so close to home and regular reports of how people are still suffering, our community is acutely aware of the consequences of going through a traumatic event.
In a broader context, many individuals struggle with less obvious traumas, often originating from their childhood, resulting in chronic anxiety, depression, addiction and social problems. Our society is becoming more knowledgeable about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and new ways of dealing with it are emerging.
Within naturopathic medicine, we have a unique set of tools which can be used on their own or with counselling and medications. They include homeopathic remedies, Bach flower remedies—Rescue Remedy in particular, nutritional support emphasizing protein, minerals and essential fats, supplements which help to balance neurotransmittors, techniques for allowing shocks to unwind out of the body such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT or “tapping”) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming (EMDR)—with extremely strong research for helping anxiety and depression, mindfulness meditation—again backed with good research, and acupuncture.
Many of these tools are well suited for self help and next week I am offering a support group for people affected by the tornado, although anyone is welcome to attend. Participants will learn about the general process of healing from trauma and given several examples of things they can do at home. There will be tea and snacks.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 613-839-1198. We look forward to seeing you for a nurturing evening!
Wednesday, December 5 from 7 to 8:30pm at Carp Ridge EcoWellness Centre. Note that it will be held at our 2386 Thomas Dolan Pkwy entrance.