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Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2015 Aug;17(8):600. doi: 10.1007/s11920-015-0600-2.

Complementary and alternative medicine approaches in the treatment of PTSD.

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Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, USA,


Complementary and alternative medicine is a diverse set of practices and treatments that has seen a significant increase among Americans over the past decade. These approaches have been applied to a myriad of medical and mental health disorders with varying levels of efficacy. Recent years have seen an increased interest in the use of complementary and alternative medicine to address the growing numbers of individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related disorders. These approaches include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities. This article will review some of the most widely used non-pharmacologic complementary and alternative medicine practices used to treat post-traumatic stress disorder such as recreational therapy, animal-assisted therapy, yoga, and acupuncture as well as alternative delivery methods for psychotherapy.

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