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

The Traumatic Stress Response In Chinese Medicine: Five Constitutional Types

Over 100’s and 100’s of years, Chinese medicine explored patterns and associations in health and illness. They identified 5 constitutional predispositions or types. These types are based on a system of correspondences. These correspondences, which include certain organs, emotions, senses, body tissues, psychological challenges and gifts associate with one another at the interface of body, mind and spirit. They are unique to Chinese medicine. The dramatic disorganization of energy or qi caused by traumatic stress will primarily manifest in one of these 5 distinct constitutional or personality types, each one named for their associated pair of meridians. This diagnostic framework …

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Medical Acupuncture Article

Article recently published in Medical Acupuncture: Design and Rationale of a Comparative Effectiveness Study to Evaluate Two Acupuncture Methods for the Treatment of Headaches Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury

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