Author: Nicholas Sieben, MS, L.Ac.

Ancient Acupuncture Wisdom for Treating Mental Illness: Strategies From the Imperial Medical Academy

I’ve written several case studies and “think pieces” on acupuncture treatment of mental health. In the midst of my ongoing series of articles exploring acupuncture's Luo “Connecting Vessels,” which I consider vital to the resolution of trauma and its manifestations, I’d like to explore treatment...

Making Connection to Dismantle Trauma: the Connecting Vessels. Part 1: the Lungs.

The remnants of trauma take many forms, creating a multitude of seemingly strange physical, mental and emotional symptoms. A particular system of acupuncture channels showcase and treat such traumatic remnants. These channels, called Luo or “Connecting Vessels” help decode where trauma has taken root in...

Changing Our Storyline: From Victim to Hero. Altering Posture and Restoring Personality with Acupuncture

Transforming our storyline is an important part of healing. Many feel victim to disappointment and trauma in their lives. In acupuncture, working with the Kidneys empowers a shift from victim to hero within our own life story. There are two aspects to working with the Kidneys:...

Relieving the Pressure: Treating Trauma-Generated Obsession, Compulsive, Self-Destructive Behavior with Acupuncture

Obsession, addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorders and paranoia are often the result of trauma. Classical Chinese medicine maps the way trauma, clinically seen as “blood stasis” results in psychosomatic or psychological PTSD symptoms. The ancient Chinese medical textbook Ling Shu (Spiritual Pivot) says that when trauma afflicts the...

Thieving Wind: Acupuncture to Restore the Will & Resurrect the Spirit

Acupuncture is as effective in treating mental-emotional issues as physical ailments. Psychological issues are one of my main interests as a clinician of Chinese medicine. I’ve used acupuncture to regulate my own mental health as well as that of my patients for years, with much...