There are many benefits of acupuncture — relaxation and reduced stress and anxiety — and recent evidence has shown its effectiveness in treating trauma.

Acupuncture, a therapeutic technique that takes tiny needles and inserts them in different parts of the body to relieve stress and anxiety, has been used for centuries to treat various medical conditions.

But how can acupuncture heal people with trauma? In this article, we will go over the benefits of acupuncture and how it can positively affect those who have experienced a traumatic event in their life.

Acupuncture Trauma Treatment

The benefits of acupuncture treating trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a complex and serious mental health disorder resulting from a traumatic experience. If left unrecognized and untreated, the symptoms of PTSD can be extremely debilitating. They can interfere with an individual’s ability to work, maintain relationships, and live a healthy, fulfilling life.

PTSD is rooted in the body’s “fight or flight” instinct. This instinct enables us to react quickly to a traumatic event. The body automatically triggers an appropriate response to danger and turns that reaction off when the threat is past.

When the trauma is relentless or that “fight or flight” reaction continues even after the danger is past. The inability to shut off the “fight or flight” instinct leads to the symptoms we now associate with PTSD. 

Some symptoms include:

Hypersensitivity and hyperawareness



Irritability and anger

Difficulty sleeping

Flashbacks and nightmares

Feelings of isolation and detachment

Physical pain

How Does Acupuncture Heal Trauma?

Acupuncture can help treat trauma by stimulating specific points on the body that help to regulate the nervous system and promote healing.

Acupuncture works by re-balancing the body’s flow of life energy. By inserting skinny sterile needles into key points around the body, acupuncture helps stimulate the body’s self-healing mechanisms to reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression.

In the short run, acupuncture promotes relaxation while decreasing feelings of stress, anxiety, and depression. Over the longer run, touch therapy like acupuncture helps individuals with PTSD manage their feelings relating to touch, trust, control, and relationship-building.


No person should have to suffer from trauma their whole life. Acupuncture is one of many ways to treat this debilitating disorder. If you are experiencing PTSD or trauma in your life or know someone who is, contact your local acupuncturist.

And if you are in the Fountain Valley, CA or Lake Forest, CA, area, contact us today to schedule an appointment!