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A lot of things have been tried as a cure for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in soldier from virtual reality and brain stimulation to MDMA and cannabis. Despite that, a PTSD cure that works all the time has yet to be developed. With the Pentagon getting desperate, US Navy doctor Capt. Anita Hickley thinks she may have something that will help members of the armed forces with PTSD. The idea came from Dr Eugene Lipov, but he could not get funding from the Pentagon. Hickley, on the other hand, has managed to secure $100 000 of funding despite facing rough opposition

The procedure is called Satellite Ganglion Block. It involves injecting anesthetic into the nervous tissue of the neck. Hickley's tests have shown that SGB alleviates PTSD symptoms within minutes. One Marine Sergeant said he felt better within just 5 minutes of being injected. If things keep up this way, Lipov may have come up with a very simple solution for a problem that affects a quarter million active and former armed forces members across North America.

It may seem too good to be true that a problem this huge can be treated with just a simple anesthetic injection. Despite that, the initial results and lack of anything more effective make this a worthy cause. Hickley is now doing a study involving 42 sailors with PTSD.

Written by: Denis Ivanov

Source: popsci.com
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