News & Views on Integrative Healing: October 2016

Trauma Training Tip The Self-Protective Response is initiated by the Po, the spirit of the Lungs. When we hear a twig snap, if our Po is intact, a message is sent to the orienting functions of the Liver via the K’ecycle. We narrow our focus, orient our sense organs towards the sound, and are instinctively animated to respond to this felt sense* of threat. We don’t have time to consider whether, where, when or how fast we should move – we respond instinctively. That capacity for instinctive responses is the gift of the Po. There is a slight sympathetic arousal – which …

Simplicity MetricsNews & Views on Integrative Healing: October 2016

News & Views on Integrative Healing: September 2016

Trauma Training Tip Touch the skin and touch the world for your patient! Touch is our first sense.  It is our first and most primal communication.  Many people live without sight, hearing, smell or taste — but no one can survive without touch! Our skin is a boundary organ.  It is a relatively global tissue — bones and muscles have a beginning and an end — but our skin surrounds us. When we touch with attention on the skin, we touch our patient in a global way.   We can inadvertently activate a memory of boundary violation if we are unaware of the …

Simplicity MetricsNews & Views on Integrative Healing: September 2016

News & Views on Integrative Healing: August 2016

Trauma Training Tips Did you know you have a brain in your guts?This visceral brain informs us about our comfort in relationships and helps us make nourishing attachments. You actually do “know it in your guts” when you meet people. In life-threatening conditions, all our Qi goes to mobilizing a flight or fight response; we shut down our digestion temporarily. Repeated early traumatic stress may result in chronic shut-down of digestion – or a freeze response in our viscera. As adults it will be hard for our Spleen qi to transform food into qi; we may have trouble assimilating trace …

Alaine DuncanNews & Views on Integrative Healing: August 2016

News & Views on Integrative Healing: July 2016

Trauma Training Tip Both Eastern and Western medicine appreciate the critical importance of connective tissue in wrapping around, penetrating in, and connecting with all organs, muscles, bones, and cells. The impact of high velocity injuries on the connective tissue is global.  Adhesions, scars, and loss of flexibility in the connective tissue can give rise to localized pain and restricted movement; and brace and/or collapse in the connective tissue may contribute to the debilitating pain of fibromyalgia. Chinese medicine brings an additional dimension to this exploration.  It says that our Yuan Qi – the Qi that we each received at our conception — …

Alaine DuncanNews & Views on Integrative Healing: July 2016

News & Views on Integrative Healing June 2016

Trauma Training Tip The physiology of the Heart Protector is even more amazing than you ever knew! The kidney/adrenal system signals threat. Its first resource is connection along the K’o cycle to the Pericardium. We are pack animals and are safer when we can make eye contact and relationship with our tribe. If our capacity for connection has been undermined by abuse or trauma, we will be less able to seek help when threatened. We may not ask for help when caught in the ocean’s undertow. We may mis-read facial cues and assume threat rather than curiosity from a co-worker. …

Alaine DuncanNews & Views on Integrative Healing June 2016

Webinar for the Office of Patient Centered Care of the Veterans Administration

I gave 2 webinars at the VA recently, one for the War Related Illness & Injury Study Center and another for the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation. My subject: Restoration & Balance: Chinese Medicine’s Gift to Survivors of Trauma. I spoke to about 300 people and am meeting an extraordinary network of soulful, heartfelt, skilled VA providers. The VA is such a rich paradox. Who ever would have thought 25 years ago when I graduated from acupuncture school that this is where I would be? Listen here, if you like. https://va-eerc-ees.adobeconnect.com/_a1089657440/p9h24wnsk8v/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

Alaine DuncanWebinar for the Office of Patient Centered Care of the Veterans Administration

Presentation for Acupuncture Students at Maryland University of Integrative Healing

Acupuncture theory can readily be applied to the “strange, rare and peculiar” symptoms that arise out of dysregulation in the autonomic nervous system in people who have been unable to complete a self protective response.  Here’s a presentation I made for Acupuncture Students.  MUIH-1-15coregroup

Alaine DuncanPresentation for Acupuncture Students at Maryland University of Integrative Healing

A Veteran’s Story of Letting Go and Finding A Fresh Start

I had the opportunity to tell A Veteran’s Story on a National Conference Call with VA Medical Center Directors and Chiefs of Staff.  This portion of the call was sponsored by the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation.  Here’s the text of the call: Laura Krejci, Associate Director, Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation:   Today we have a poignant story to share that illustrates how we can support Veterans in their journey to recovery through a personalized, whole health approach.   The Washington DC VA Medical Center is one of our Patient Centered Care Centers …

Alaine DuncanA Veteran’s Story of Letting Go and Finding A Fresh Start