Maryland: Treating Trauma 9/2019

Maryland Acupuncture Society: September 28-29, 2019

Treating Trauma with Chinese Medicine: Untying the Knot

In this class I will discuss how to diagnose and treat trauma with Chinese medicine. We will consider the heart/kidney axis as the physiological foundation of stability and how to restore integrity to this most important relationship. I will emphasize the importance of the practitioner's awareness of the dimension of self that is never wounded or traumatized as a gold standard in diagnosis and treatment. In this regard, the practitioner's own integrity will be considered as the root of efficacy in treatment. The class will be rooted in an appreciation of the core dimensions and capacities of the self, including the mind, consciousness, spirit, ego, emptiness, soul, conscience, and the will.

  • Diagnosing and treating shock to the heart and circulatory system on the pulse.  
  • How to diagnose and treat qi stagnation in the diaphragm.
  • Testing for and Draining "Aggressive Energy" Xieqi.
  • How to understand and treat "possession" in a contemporary context.
  • Diagnose and treating the separation of yin and yang.
  • The deeper functions of Acupuncture points: Source, lou, xi-cleft, and "spirit" points.
  • Herbal formulas and point combinations for taking a person out of shock.
  • The importance of the patient/practitioner relationship: Tong Shen Ming 通神命.

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