Old remedy provides new treatment for veterans with PTSD

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FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- It's an ancient remedy, that’s become a new option in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.  Instead of prescription drugs, a Front Range clinic is taking a more holistic approach to helping local veterans.

The Healing Warriors Program clinic in Fort Collins is offering acupuncture, healing touch and Cranio-Sacral therapy to treat veterans like Sean Geverts.

“I was very anxious, wasn't able to trust people and kind of had nightmares as well,” Geverts told FOX31 Denver.  He’s an Air Force veteran who served in Afghanistan.  And after just two sessions at the Healing Warriors clinic, he feels like a changed man.

“It's really helped.  I can sleep better, I have a lot less anxiety.  And I'm just able to function a lot better,” Geverts said.

He's just one of dozens of clients being treated at the clinic, located in the Stuart Professional Park at 1136 E. Stuart St, Bldg 4, Suite 202, in Fort Collins.  Volunteers offer up to three free acupuncture, healing touch and other sessions to veterans and their families.  After that, they offer their services at a deep discount.

“And that's our goal to restore that quality of life and get folks back where they were,” said Ana Yelen, co-founder and executive director of the program.

Volunteers say their services decrease pain, anxiety and depression, alleviate symptoms of PTSD and improve sleep.  And it doesn't just help veterans.

“My son has had PTSD and had trouble getting back into society, and we all live in the same house, and at times it's like walking on egg shells,” said Deborah Bailey.  Both she and her son receive treatment at the clinic.

“There's no medicine involved, and you come away with a calm and a peace and the anxiety is far less,” Bailey told FOX31 Denver.

It's exactly the reason they started this clinic.  Take a healing practice that dates back two thousand years and make it brand new for a group of people who really need it.

If you're a veteran, and you think you might benefit from the services provided by the Healing Warriors clinic in Fort Collins, you can call them at 970-776-VETS or visit their website.

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