Personality disorders

Latent Trauma Affecting the Joints, Muscles & Mental Health: Acupuncture Wisdom

Trauma can leave its remnants throughout the body and mind. For example, physical trauma due to injury, if it fails to fully heal can result in periodic rheumatism (joint pain). Emotional trauma that fails to fully heal can also leave remnants. Such remnants can periodically...

Dispelling the Hungry Ghosts: Treatment of Trauma & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders with Acupuncture & Herbs

Chinese medicine has two major approaches: acupuncture, which is a form of direct bodywork and herbal medicine where external plant medicine is consumed, usually in the form of a tea or as pills. Both approaches have their own healing strategies and ways of viewing the...

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...

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...