Veterans: A New Alternative Treatment for PTSD

A group of veterans is seeking to educate people about new treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). To them, it is a matter of quality of life for returning service personnel and a matter of cost.

One Vietnam Vet claims he was treated for PTSD with very strong medication, but believes that there are now better and safer alternative treatments available. He is part of the group that wants hyperbaric therapy to be included in the treatment choices for veterans.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) uses a special chamber, sometimes called a pressure chamber, to increase the amount of oxygen in the blood. The air pressure inside a chamber is about two and a half times greater than the normal pressure in the atmosphere outside of the chamber. Science has shown that this helps the blood carry more oxygen to organs and tissues in the body and the therapy can help wounds heal more quickly, including some brain injuries.

The majority of veterans who have undergone HBOT treatments, have reported a 30 percent or better improvement, with many reporting a 90 percent improvement.

Studies in several states have shown that HBOT can be a successful treatment; however, neither the Food and Drug Administration nor the Veterans Administration has certified it for either PTSD or TBI.

There are no lasting side effects to using HBOT and it has the great potential to help turn a veteran’s life around without drugging them with potentially dangerous and addictive medications. HBOT is considerably less expensive than prescription drugs, making it a cost effective alternative.

For the veterans, it is the proverbial “no brainer“, having an alternative to treating veterans with PTSD and TBI that is cheaper, more effective and less damaging than present medications.

Given the complexity of problems facing veterans, a comprehensive plan that includes multiple therapies to deal with underlying issues is best. These veterans need help now and HBOT offers new hope for success.

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