Qi Therapy for Returning Active Duty Military with PTSD

An article published in the September 2012 edition of Military Medicine (which is the official journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States) entitled Healing Touch with Guided Imagery for PTSD in returning active duty military: a randomized controlled trial, found Healing Touch to be an effective treatment for PTSD. Healing touch is a popular form of Qi Therapy that is commonly used by professionals working in hospitals and care facilities.

In this randomized controlled study of 123 military personnel, authors found that a combination of Qi Therapy and guided imagery significantly reduced "PTSD symptoms as well as depression and also showed significant improvements in mental quality of life and cynicism.

Participation in a complementary medicine intervention resulted in a clinically significant reduction in PTSD and related symptoms in a returning, combat-exposed active duty military population."

Based upon the deep relaxation responses that I've seen in people with Qi Therapy and Qigong, I would expect similar results in PTSD sufferers using a combination of Qi Therapy and Qigong.

The full text for this article is available here.