How Does Acupuncture for Addiction Work?

Acupuncture is a holistic modality that addresses emotional, spiritual, physical, and mental health. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and World Health Organization (WHO) for treating numerous conditions. An ancient Chinese medicine used for thousands of years, acupuncture is based on the meridian system. According to traditional Chinese medicine, meridians are pathways in the body where life energy or “qi” flows. There are 12 meridians. Most are named for the organ in the body that they are associated with (ex. heart meridian, lung meridian, liver meridian).

PC 6, the Heart Boundary Point

"The inner frontier gate" In the English translations of acupuncture points somehow all we get is an abbreviation of a channel plus a number. In this case "PC 6" short for pericardium, point number six. This doesn't exactly tell a story, it is numbered categorized catalogued and consise. The Chinese name for this point is … Continue reading PC 6, the Heart Boundary Point

NADA & ATP Protocol for trauma

NADA and ATP Protocol for trauma The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol, is a simple standardized auricular treatment that includes but is not limited to addiction, such as the opioid epidemic, but also encompasses mental health, trauma, PTSD, chronic stress, and the symptoms associated with these conditions. NADA protocol is a simple and accessible … Continue reading NADA & ATP Protocol for trauma

Survivor’s Guilt PTSD

Survivor’s Guilt happens when an individual experiences feeling of guilt because they survived a life-threatening event when others didn't. Survivor’s guilt is a common reaction to life-threatening traumatic events, and a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The symptoms of PTSD survivor guilt can vary, it depends on many factors. When people survive a traumatic … Continue reading Survivor’s Guilt PTSD

What is Structural Dissociation?

What is Structural Dissociation? https://anchor.fm/anna--back/episodes/What-is-Structural-Dissociation-e1aacve/a-a6uikj5 Chronically traumatized individuals can suffer from a form of dissociation known as structural dissociation. Structural dissociation causes the inability to regulate emotions and a chronic feeling of emptiness within, and is possibly misdiagnosed as a personality disorder called BPD. (Borderline personality disorder) Having structural dissociation means essentially a "split" into different … Continue reading What is Structural Dissociation?

13 Ghost Points

Sun Si Miao (c. 7th century) developed the concept of “Phlegm” as the cause of mental disorders, it’s treatment is said to transcend space and time! The use of ghost points has been changed in modern Chinese medicine to mean “points used in the treatment of mood disorders” however, this is not the original meaning. The original intent of the points was to treat a literal invasion by a ghost. Furthermore, there are other and more complex treatments for ghosts, besides Sun Si Miao’s 13 ghost points, and the spirit world is indeed deep and mysterious in the ancient Chinese medical traditions.

PTSD & cPTSD

Post traumatic stress disorder,  has had many different names throughout  history. Names such as shell shock, battle fatigue, and soldiers heart. Many of these names recognize trauma from war as a cause for PTSD, however, the current definition of PTSD has expanded to include trauma that comes from any other acutely shocking event, as well … Continue reading PTSD & cPTSD