Are you playing your ACES? The effects of childhood trauma on adult health

As an integrative practitioner, you may already know that childhood experiences, both negative and positive, can have a tremendous impact on lifelong health. Conventional medicine is finally starting to take notice of the mind-body relationship and is in the first stages of evaluating all of the potential impacts.

The term “ACES” stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. This may include exposure to abuse (emotional, physical, sexual), violence, mental illness, substance abuse, and emotional or physical neglect. Kaiser-Permanente conducted one of the largest studies within this genre, involving nearly 17,000 participants. Through their evaluation entitled “The Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults”, which was published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine, they established a strong graded relationship between exposure to childhood trauma and the risk factors for the leading causes of death among adults. Interestingly, a participant’s cumulative ACES score (the amount of trauma they had been exposed to) directly correlated with the number of co-morbidities they expressed. These co-morbidities included increased prescription and illicit drug use, cardiovascular dysfunction, diabetes, depression, and pregnancy challenges.

While counseling and emotional support should be part of any holistic protocol, homeopathy also offers a unique option for temporarily managing symptoms related to emotional distress. DesBio’s three new homeopathic remedies can be a supportive part of an emotional health protocol.

    • Esteem is a homeopathic remedy for the temporary relief of the symptoms related to lack of self-esteem including codependency, lack of self-confidence and narcissism
    • AnXious is a homeopathic remedy for the temporary relief of the symptoms related to stress including mild anxiousness, worry, overwhelm, and mild fear)
    • PTSD/Stress Remedy is a homeopathic for the temporary relief of symptoms of stress such as previous exposure to terror or horror, fight or flight response, recurring nightmares, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, and easy irritability

1 https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/index.html
2http://www.acestudy.org/index.html