Soldiers Turn To Native American Sweat Lodges To Treat PTSD

  

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Sweat Lodge Offers Veteran Warriors PTSD Relief

A sweat lodge on Fort Carson is leading the way for military installations around the United States.

The centuries-old Native American tradition has become a new form of treatment for soldiers suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

What once was a ritual held in secrecy is now a growing trend among both active duty and veteran warriors seeking its legendary cleansing powers. In a remote section of Turkey Creek, the air is filled with songs and smoke at the Lakota Sioux inipi, a traditional sweat lodge made of willow branches and donated quilts.

The sweat lodge has been there since 1995.

“They didn’t have a clue as to what we were doing, and we weren’t telling them at the time,” says faith group leader Michael Hackwith.

Hackwith, a Marine veteran of the Gulf War, started the inipi with a couple friends who wanted to follow…

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