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What’s Going on Here? A Researcher Explores Acupuncture • Richard Hammerschlag • Qi149

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The prolific science fiction write Issac Asimov wrote “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but “That’s funny …”

The wonderful thing about research is that it invites delicious questions and opens avenues of inquiry that lead us beyond the borders of our maps of the world.

In this conversation with Richard Hammerschlag we hear about how his curiosity with how acupuncture was helpful lead him to a shift in career that has had him in the forefront of acupuncture research for a couple of decades now.

Listen in to this discussion on the process of inquiry, and how it’s hard to go wrong when you follow what’s interesting for you.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Belief and the scientific process
  • Myth of the objective researcher
  • The researcher effect
  • Unconventional medicine
  • Chinese medicine is not a noun, it’s a verb
  • Biofields
  • The biofield of the heart is 10x the size of the biofield of the brain

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While I’ve often fantasized about waking up one morning and finding myself transformed into a practitioner of Chinese medicine, the reality is that I’ve always been more fascinated with how to test acupuncture’s effectiveness, and especially, to understand ‘how it works’. In short, I have always loved research… through a 25-year career in neurobiology, a 10-year career directing a research department at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, and, at present, helping to grow the Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) and to define a new East/West synthesis of health and healing that I call Biofield Physiology.

Biofields, simply stated, are a family of non-biochemical regulatory mechanisms used by the body. EEG and ECG, as electrical fields commonly examined in allopathic healthcare, are well known examples of biofields produced by the brain and heart. Biophotons (particles of light) are a less understood but increasingly researched type of biofield. My interest in biofields developed in part, from an introduction to external Qigong. How, I wondered, can the body respond to a procedure that may not involve physical touch?

Other questions I am exploring, in the luxury of ‘retirement’, also arose initially from aspects of Chinese medicine: Since acupuncture and other modalities of East Asian medicine are often described as rebalancing the body, is there a whole body system that mediates such ‘homeodynamic’ regulation? Also, since acupuncture is often said to act via Yi (practitioner intention) as well as via physical effects of the needle, is intention a portal through which to explore effects of consciousness on healing?

 

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Richard is a co-author of Acupuncture Research: Strategies for Establishing an Evidence Base

Visit www.chi.is to see the work Richard is doing with biofields and other related endeavors with qi

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World Grief-Transforming Trauma Through the Five Phases • Alaine Duncan • Qi148

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The airways are full of bad news, fear and conjecture it’s a hit parade of one scary thing after another. This alone would be hard our spirits if you ingest even a portion of the 24 hour media feed. Add on isolation and an unrelenting sense of an inescapable threat, it’s tough on one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. 

There is a pervasive sense of grief at the loss of a world that just a few short months ago operated in vastly different way. The physical and social distancing bring their own difficulties, and for anyone who’s carrying some buried away trauma it’s closer to the surface as the veneer of normality is stripped away. 

In this conversation with Alaine Duncan we look at how these times more easily surface lingering trauma and perhaps can give us an opportunity to resolve some insures from the past as we work through the challenges of the present. 

Listen in as we discuss the importance of attending to the fire/communication phase, and how the difficulties of this time can also be a catalyst for healing and change. 

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  • Lack of control and what arises in us from that experience
  • The neurological response to a sense of inescapable attack
  • What can Chinese medicine practitioners do to work around the virus
  • Helping ourselves and others deal with previous traumas that are returning during coronavirus
  • Heart/Kidney transformation
  • What to do when dealing with trauma during coronavirus and you can’t see/interact with others
  • How do we work through a situation where our whole world is changing very quickly and we are grieving over things we are missing
  • It’s important to be able to orient to a threat
  • The healing power of high regard

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I have a unique approach to acupuncture treatment that integrates modern understandings of the neuro-biology of traumatic stress with ancient healing principles from acupuncture and Asian medicine. This clinical fascination has carried my heart and my feet to places and people I never imagined when I graduated from acupuncture school in 1990. The boundary between me and military families, immigrants, refugees, and survivors of natural and human-made disasters has grown more and more thin – and that is a gift of spirit. I love our medicine. I love what it can explain about life and how it can reach people whose life and health resides at the margins.

Asian medicine has a rich place at the interface of individual healing and social transformation. It has a lot of power to restore balance and regulation, not just for individuals, but for how those individuals relate to their families, workplaces, and our communal ballot box. We are pretty important to our planet and all who live on it.

I’m in that Earth phase of life – the time of collecting and distributing the harvest. I have a small practice at Crossings Healing & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD, am Chair of the Board of the National Capital Area Acupuncturists Without Borders chapter – volunteering free stress-reduction services to immigrants, refugees and neighbors in need. I helped develop the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, serving there from 2007 – 2017.

 

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Visit Alaine's website to learn more about her work and her book.

Here's an article from Alaine's blog that goes into the Five Phases and the self-protective response

 

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Acupuncture and Neurology • Michael Corradino • Qi146

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We have many different ways to view the body with Chinese medicine and each of these lenses gives us a different perspective on both physiology and functionality. It’s not unlike those old acetate transparencies that would allow you to overlay different systems of the body one on top of another. Each one has it’s own domain, and each interlocks with the other systems.

Michael Corradino for many years now has been focused on the connection between acupuncture and neurology. And he’s developed a system of treatment that focuses on neurophysiology and how acupuncture stimulates the nervous system.

Listen in to this discussion of needles, de qi, nerve stimulation and how acupuncture does not interface with qi, but with our neural network.

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  • How does acupuncture work?
  • Asking the question “What if?”
  • Investigating the channels
  • Acupuncture as new science
  • A case study of using LV3 and GB for Parkinson’s from the perspective of neurology
  • Three truths about acupuncture
  • Electro-acupuncture, micro and milli-currents and waveforms
  • What was going on in Hua Tou’s world
  • Research and treating macular degeneration

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When treating Restless leg syndrome- Do not treat the legs for it is a brain/ sleep condition that is a result of the basal ganglia dopamine system dysfunction- so treat the brain:)


Dr. Corradino is the creator and founder of Neuropuncture Inc. Neuropuncture is the only complete neuroscience acupuncture system created by an acupuncturist for the 21st-century acupuncturist. Michael graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Cum Laude, in 1995 with a Masters in Traditional Oriental Medicine after studying molecular biology at Seton Hall University. Dr. Corradino has been in the field of Integrated Medicine since his graduation (25+yrs). Michael’s mission in life is to reach and expose quality Traditional Chinese Medicine to as many people as possible in his lifetime to present an effective, quality option for health care and aiding in the integration of Eastern, Western, and, Natural medicine.

Michael has been involved in ground-breaking electrical acupuncture research including spinal cord injury, stem cell proliferation, low vision, and opioid titration. His Neuropuncture acupuncture system has certification programs, instructor programs and soon an accredited OMD program, and Michael has traveled around the world teaching Neuropuncture workshops.

 

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Recommended Reading:
DAO of Chinese Medicine, by Donald Edward Kendell
Neuropuncture, A Clinical Handbook or Neuroscience Acupuncture

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Weird Science, Bioelectricity, Consciousness and Biology • John Hubacher • Qi131

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We often think of the bioelectricity of the nervous system as a signaling system for the body to communicate with itself, but it might serve an even greater function of allowing us to interact with our larger environment.

This conversation with John Hubacher started off as an inquiry into electro-acupuncture, but it quickly took a hard left turn into neuro-psychiatry, parapsychology as well as the importance of using standardized measures in research so we can build a common language around treatment and experimental findings.

Listen in to this conversation on the perspectives of a long time researcher into bioelectricity, and how he sees this interacting with biology and quantum fields.

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  • The history of science is non-linear
  • John’s early interest in neuro-psychiatry and parapsychology
  • Thelma Moss and Soviet research
  • The early days of red light laser research
  • The need for standardized to make research meaningful and reproducible
  • There are over 20,000 studies on electro-acupuncture, only a handful contain useful standardized information
  • Quantum Biology
  • Morphogenetic fields
  • Mike Levin bioelectricity on YouTube
  • The connection between bioelectric fields and the neurology system

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A classic clinical tip to maximally produce endorphin release for chronic or acute pain using electroacupuncture is to use Mixed Mode with both 2 and 100 hz. This has been shown with blood assay to create maximum endorphin release from the CNS for three endorphin types.


John Hubacher, Ph.D

I mainly have a research interest and background, and have come to the field of acupuncture through an interest in biofields, systems of electrical physiology, and the role of the ostensible etheric body in both physics and biology. Currently, my company, Pantheon Research is in the 38th year of producing fine electroacupuncture equipment for the medical profession. This biomedical electronic background is a context I bring to my synthesis of the mechanisms of acupuncture as both physiologically based and endogenous electrical systems based.

My recent research has been published, and topics include the role of electroacupuncture to stimulate neural stem cells in skin on acupuncture points, standards of reporting for more complete data replication within electroacupuncture studies, the demonstration of data that supports the observation of the biofield as a system that resides independent of the physical biology ( replication of the phantom leaf effect), and the physics of the biofield with an emphasis on it potential relationship to quantum biology processes.

I have learned that we are entering a new paradigm of medicine that combines both physics and biology, in a new synthesis that provides huge breakthroughs in both theory and practice. There will be a new physics and a new medicine that emerges. Acupuncture is an expression of this synthesis. I think one of the essential elements will be the verification that living things do possess an electrically based, perhaps with new forms of electricity, true physiological system, that controls and regulates conventional physiological processes. This system is primary to the biochemical systems, and the source of this system is independent of physical cellular process. My interest is to research and document these hypotheses experimentally.

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This is a serious read, but well worth the effort.
Marco Bischoff wrote a definitive history of biofield research and concepts, which John recommends for an indepth introduction to the extensive and generally hidden information which can integrate closely with future acupuncture research.

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Creativity, Presence and Attention • Michael McMahon • Qi123

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The practice of medicine is not completely about what we do, it’s also informed by how we are. How our  presence, perception and allowing ourselves to abide in that space between knowing, sensing and being can invite a quiet, non-rational part of ourselves into the clinical encounter. 

Michael McMahon, like many of us, did not initially set out to become a Chinese medicine practitioner. It was more a process of discovery— of a kind of feeling your way in the dark. It was a following something that lead to the next, which in turn opened a new opportunity. Not unlike the threads we follow in clinic that take and our patients to surprising places.

Listen in to this conversation that reminds us there is something quiet and still that helps to inform the “doing” of our work.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

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  • How Michael got in to TCM
  • How the Polyvagal Theory can help us to understand our patients
  • Framing the patients experience
  • Helping patients feel safe
  • The perspective of neurobiology
  • The neuroceptive system that is always attending to safety
  • Understanding and inhabiting our own nervous system
  • The importance of Agency
  • How is the body experiencing itself?
  • Pacing and tempo of treatment
  • The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurology

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The best clinic tip I can think of goes back to the beginning – what I learned from my mentor; be yourself and be generous of heart and spirit. Laughter helps too. Truly, people are giving their time to come see us, they should enjoy the experience. I do my best to find ways to connect and make the time we spend together rich.


Michael McMahon 

I am an unlikely person to even be writing this bio. What I mean by that statement is at no point in my earlier life did I ever think I would be a bodyworker or an acupuncturist. I feel fortunate that I was cajoled into getting some bodywork by my first psychotherapist. I was resistant but eventually scheduled a session and actually went and it changed my life.

There is one quality that I try to maintain pretty consistent connection with both in my teaching and in my practice and that is a generosity of spirit. My mentor (the guy mentioned above, John Miller, who is now a dear friend) was unbelievably generous with me. I don’t know that I’d have the career, the life I have without the generosity that he showed me. He shared freely his time, what he’d learned and most of all his heart. It was the way he approached his work as much as the work itself that impacted me. So, in my own way, I try to keep that spirit alive and bring that to my work.

I love that the principles of Osteopathy and Chinese medicine are coherent with one another. Lynda Barry, alternative cartoonist and creativity teacher, said in her book Syllabus that she needed students to continue to explore the questions at the root of her work. Pursuing the question of how is it that the body can heal itself through Chinese and Osteopathic lenses is just amazing. I feel fortunate to have learners and patients to explore these questions as partners in inquiry and discovery.

I have been in private practice for 19 years and have been teaching now for 8 years. I teach at NUNM and run my own seminars in Cranialsacral Therapy, Myofascial Release and Visceral-Fascial Release through Moving Mountain Institute. Through the institute I am able to freely explore the interconnections between our work, collaborative community and culture. It’s fun!

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Michael recommends this interview with Stephen Porges, author of The Polyvagal Theory which he considers to be an essential theory for our work and just understanding being human.

The Wayfinders: Ancient Wisdom and Why it Matters in the Modern World, by Wade Davis. Michael says this book is essential for understanding and becoming conversant with different epistemologies. In the modern west rationalism rules but that is just one way of knowing – and it shouldn’t be dismissed. But, it should be balanced in service of epistemologies rooted in natural processes. Wade Davis is an anthropologist who has an uncanny ability to let the people he is with to speak their stories themselves.

Other recommended reading:
Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, by Daniel Siegel
Being a Brainwise Therapist, by Bonnie Badenoch

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CBD, Neurology and the Inspiration That Comes From Unexpected Challenges • Chloe Weber • Qi122

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The changes that come from an unexpected direction tend to be the ones that transform our lives the most. Chloe Weber did not plan on becoming an expert in neurology. She was on the path of providing herbs and acupuncture to low income populations. But when her son’s rare neurological condition invited her to move in a different direction, she took that invitation.

Listen in to this conversation on neurology, CBD, Chinese herbs and how a business can be built because it turns out that in solving your own problems, you can help a lot of other people solve theirs as well.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • The usefulness of stubbornness
  • Looking at Chinese medicine through the lens of public health
  • The epic adventure of having a child with a rare seizure disorder
  • Crash course in neurology, gut health, inflammation and treating the untreatable
  • Things to consider when it comes to detoxification
  • The yin and yang of CBD
  • Dangers of hemp
  • CBD manufacturing and extraction processes
  • The privilege of doing business

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Find a problem you are obsessed with solving, find a way to solve it – and make it happen.  While the path may not be clear, trust the medicine, trust your vision, and the path will appear. 


Chloe Weber, L.Ac

I developed an interest in public health and medicine after being diagnosed with Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in high school. As one of the first cases diagnosed in Costa Rica, I was drawn to study Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU Boulder where I began to understand how diseases evolve along with us and the deep connection between humans and our environment. Eventually, I was drawn to Chinese medicine as a way to address public health issues. I received my Masters of Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder and spent time studying at Heilongjiang University Hospital in Harbin, China.

After graduating, I followed my heart and co-founded a non-profit sliding-scale walk-in Chinese herb clinic called Urban Herbs. Running the clinic I was able to see just how beautifully Chinese herbs translate from culture to culture and how essential it is to make our medicine affordable and accessible.  Shortly after starting the clinic, my son Remy was diagnosed with an incredibly rare genetic disorder called STXBP1. I dropped everything and Remy and I began our epic adventures in neurohacking.  

 

Working with Remy has lead me to extensively study integrative and developmental neurology and functional medicine and has motivated me to find ways to help children with neuro-developmental issues and epilepsy. While Remy and I both felt better with the many hemp extract oils that they tried, nothing stopped Remy's seizures. As an herbalist I knew I could create a stronger formula to help those with seizures, joined forces with Bart, and Radical Roots was born!  In order to help further support other families with loved ones with Neurological disorders, I recently launched a resource website remysrevenge.com and will be launching a podcast around neuroplasticity in the new year!

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Visit Chloe's website Remy's Revenge dedicated to neurological health and resources for diet, detox and wellbeing.

Chloe's company Radical Roots blends CBD and Chinese herbs

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Acupuncture

A Neurological View of Acupuncture Points • Poney Chiang • Qi121

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Just how do you locate an acupuncture point? Are you looking for bony protrusions, a palpable change on the skin, or a rule based measurement from a book? Locating acupuncture points is something every practitioner needs to do, and do well. And there are plenty of different criteria that can be used.

This question about point location caught the attention of our guest in this episode. He started to seriously look into this issue, serious as in with a scalpel and cadaver.

And what he’s found has been illuminating. Listen into this conversation on how Poney Chiang's curiosity has allowed him to use modern science to find connections between the classics, acupuncture points and neurophysiology.

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  • The surprising way Poney got in to TCM and Neurology
  • How Poney aligned points with nerves
  • How neurology changed his practice
  • Nerve entrapment – carpal tunnel
  • Depolarization of nerves
  • Why we should consider the homunculus
  • Knowing anatomy and balancing the nervous system
  • Thoughts on the acupuncture meridians

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When using LI-4, needle more proximally.  Think the valley where the metacarpal bones meet, rather than at the top of the hill, after all the Chinese name is Union Valley, not Union Hill.  The neuroanatomy here is the bifurcation of the superficial branch of the radial nerve towards the thumb and index finger.  The DeQi sensation you should strive for here should be numbness/tingling/electrical sensation spreading towards the index finger and/or the thumb.


Poney Chiang, PhD, MSTOM, R.Ac 

My research with cadavers and MRI, together with translations of Chinese medical classics informs my view of acupuncture points from a neuroanatomical perspective. This understanding guides how I palpate point and the type of DeQi sensation I expect to obtain depending on the neuroanatomy associated with any point.   I love this medicine because neuroanatomy from Western Science and energetic anatomy from Chinese medicine, are in fact two sides of the same coin.  I am grateful that this research and treatment method resonated with many of my colleagues and it has given me an opportunity to author a textbook and to travel the world as a continuing education teacher.  Aside from the sense of fulfilment when I am able to help people with health problems, what motivates me as a practitioner is that my research and teaching is helping to elevate our profession within the healthcare landscape.  I am honoured to play a role in the advancement of Chinese medicine.

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Links and Resources

Poney has a couple of upcoming classes: Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture Intensive (Upper Extremity & Neck) Dao Collective, Rye, NY March 13-16, 2020

Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture Intensive (Axial Region + Cadaver Lab) Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences, Oakland, CA March 26-29 2020

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Pain, Neurobiology, Beauty, and Big Cats: A Surprising Conversation on Veterinary Acupuncture • Bonnie Wright • Qi099

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I started this episode thinking we would be talking about lions, tigers and bears. But we ended up with glial cells, learning and neuroplasticity. Just like in clinic there are often surprising things that show up, and so too it is podcast conversations.

In this conversation we start with veterinarian acupuncture. But then take a hard right and go deep into neuroscience, the treatment of pain, nervous system regulation and how medicine is beautiful. I loved our discussion as it ranged from the clinical ‘how-to’s” of working with animals, to the deep science of neurobiology, and all woven together with a sense of inquiry and appreciation for the beauty of nature and the practice of medicine.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • It started with anesthesiology
  • Cats like acupuncture, reptiles not so much
  • Communicating with non-verbal patients
  • Working with animals is a lot like playing with animals
  • Opioids can both reduce pain, but also set up for increased pain later
  • Glial cells and the learning process
  • The role of NMDA receptors
  • The imprint of pain is in the nervous system for your entire life, the question is if the body is up or down regulating that incident
  • Acupuncture can affect neuroplasticity
  • It’s ok for medicine to be beautiful
  • Acupuncture and the Vagus nerve
  • Medicine as a nudge

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Everything I know I have learned from my patients (and they don't speak)


Bonnie Wright, DVM, DACVAA

Forever a believer in working hard to follow the suggestions that the universe places in front of me, I have a remarkably varied career.  
Starting as a veterinarian, but hesitant to choose between the array of species, I specialized in anesthesia and pain management.  
Lacking satisfactory answers for the chronic pain this brought into my path, I added acupuncture, and then various other forms of physical medicine.  
 
Needing language to explain the benefits I see from these therapies to a bunch of scientifically trained anesthesiologists, I delved into the research and started learning a complex conversation.
So now I travel around the country and the world talking about physiology, pharmacology, and the pharmacological effects of non-pharmaceutical interventions.
And I still wanted to work on that vast array of species- so I do.  Between dogs and cats, horses and zoo animals, they keep me honest, and humble.

 

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Links and Resources

Bonnie teaches a course through the canine rehabilitation institute (but it is just for Veterinarians due to practice law in the US):  https://www.caninerehabinstitute.com/Certification_Programs_Acupuncture.lasso
 
Visit her website at mistralvet.com 
Bonnie offers these two recent Langevin reviews as a cool reminder of what we know and don't know- and how acupuncture has influenced “western” medical research.

 

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Moving Through Trauma: A Path of Healing and Resiliency • Alaine Duncan

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Trauma has both a physiological and emotional impact on us. It can set up a kind of dysregulation that while in the midst of trauma can be adaptive, and in fact help us to survive, but over time can be source of all kinds of physical and emotional problems. 

In this “part two” conversation we discuss the cycle of healing that can occur as patients move through the five phases of trauma and recovery. And how Chinese medicine, an understanding of modern neurobiology, and gentle hands on work can not only heal trauma, but help to build greater resiliency.  

 

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I have a unique approach to acupuncture treatment that integrates modern understandings of the neuro-biology of traumatic stress with ancient healing principles from acupuncture and Asian medicine. This clinical fascination has carried my heart and my feet to places and people I never imagined when I graduated from acupuncture school in 1990. The boundary between me and military families, immigrants, refugees, and survivors of natural and human-made disasters has grown more and more thin – and that is a gift of spirit. I love our medicine. I love what it can explain about life and how it can reach people whose life and health resides at the margins.

Asian medicine has a rich place at the interface of individual healing and social transformation. It has a lot of power to restore balance and regulation, not just for individuals, but for how those individuals relate to their families, workplaces, and our communal ballot box. We are pretty important to our planet and all who live on it.

I’m in that Earth phase of life – the time of collecting and distributing the harvest. I have a small practice at Crossings Healing & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD, am Chair of the Board of the National Capital Area Acupuncturists Without Borders chapter – volunteering free stress-reduction services to immigrants, refugees and neighbors in need. I helped develop the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, serving there from 2007 – 2017.

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Treating Trauma Through the Five Phases • Alaine Duncan • Qi093

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The experience of trauma is as much a part of life as is falling in love, having family disagreements, and wondering how we fit in this life. And while we tend to focus on the problems that have their roots in traumatic experiences, it is also possible that we can become more resilient and anti-fragile by moving through traumatic experiences in a way that allows us to harvest the lessons of the experience.

In today’s conversation we explore aspects of modern bio-physiology, the insights and perspectives from somatic experiencing and how these relate to the five phases.

Listen in for a discussion of how the fact of trauma is less important than how we move through the cycle of resolution. As we know from Chinese medicine, when things stagnate there are going to be problems. But if there is movement, then the zheng qi of a system will work to help us to resolve the difficulties and bring us to a place of harmony, health and resilience.

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In This Conversation We Discuss:

  • How Alaine got interested in trauma
  • Somatic experiencing, the phases and movements through the cycles of trauma
  • Importance of the Kidney-Pericardium relation
  • The D in PTSD misrepresents and unfairly maligns the physiology of this experience
  • Trauma gets processed deep in the brain
  • Limbic response has very little to do with thinking
  • Role of the social fiend in dealing with trauma and recovery from trauma
  • Clues to recognizing your patients are suffering through trauma
  • The role of the Vagus nerve
  • Coherence and the heart
  • Genetics and epigenetics

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All healing rests on embodied experiences of safety and relationship.


Alaine Duncan, L.Ac

I have a unique approach to acupuncture treatment that integrates modern understandings of the neuro-biology of traumatic stress with ancient healing principles from acupuncture and Asian medicine. This clinical fascination has carried my heart and my feet to places and people I never imagined when I graduated from acupuncture school in 1990. The boundary between me and military families, immigrants, refugees, and survivors of natural and human-made disasters has grown more and more thin – and that is a gift of spirit.  I love our medicine. I love what it can explain about life and how it can reach people whose life and health resides at the margins.

Asian medicine has a rich place at the interface of individual healing and social transformation. It has a lot of power to restore balance and regulation, not just for individuals, but for how those individuals relate to their families, workplaces, and our communal ballot box. We are pretty important to our planet and all who live on it.

I’m in that Earth phase of life – the time of collecting and distributing the harvest. I have a small practice at Crossings Healing & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD, am Chair of the Board of the National Capital Area Acupuncturists Without Borders chapter – volunteering free stress-reduction services to immigrants, refugees and neighbors in need. I helped develop the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, serving there from 2007 – 2017.

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Four Needles, Buckle Up

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Links and Resources

Alaine's book, The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment, written with Kathy Kain, came out in January 2019. She will be teaching a year-long series of workshops based on the book and designed to cultivate observation, interaction and touch skills for acupuncturists, Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, and other providers with similar training in Ojai, California and Silver Spring, MD starting in October 2019, and running through 2020.

Books that have spoken to Alaine

In An Unspoken Voice: How The Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodnessby Peter Levine

My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies ,by Resmaa Menakem.

Nurturing Resilience: Helping Clients Move Forward from Developmental Trauma -An Integrative Somatic Approach, by Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell.

Five Element Constitutional Acupunctureby Angela Hicks, John Hicks and Peter Mole.

 

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