The treatment of emotional trauma with Chinese medicine

The treatment of emotional trauma with Chinese medicine
The treatment of emotional trauma with Chinese medicine
9-11 October 2020
12:30 - 6:00 PM (day 1); 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (day 2 and 3)

Emotional trauma — whether experienced, witnessed, passed down genetically, or even heard about second-hand — is a pathogen that creates disharmony. If left untreated, it leads to chaos in the body and affects the three treasures, Jing, Qi, and Shen. Organ systems and channel pathways are hindered or blocked, resulting in various disruptions. These can be due to heat/fire, rebellious qi, qi/blood stagnation, and/or phlegm/damp accumulation.

Until these traumas are addressed, they continue to upset the harmony of the body’s physiology, scatter the qi (the body’s life-force), and reduce the body’s innate ability to heal and regulate itself.

Chinese medicine diagnostics provide insight into the various disharmonies involved. Chinese medicine treats disharmonies by utilizing multiple modalities such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, cupping (cups applied with suction to the skin to increase circulation), qigong (cultivating vital energy), nutritional therapy, drum healing (the use of vibrations to stimulate the channel pathways), heat therapy, and other supplemental treatments. In combination, these treatments work synergistically to efficiently accomplish the three stages of treatment (gathering the Qi, soothing the trauma memory, treating the individual imbalances). The individual then works to maintain harmony in the body to prevent the trauma memory from reoccurring.

This 3-day course will offer you an effective method that will learn you how to treat patients the only way possible: physical, emotional, and spiritual. It is a wonderful balance between solid traditional Chinese medicine and CT Holman’s courage, passionate enthusiasm, and inquisitive spirit sparkle, that will offer you a wealth of information that is both practical and inspiring.

Course content

Day One – Treating the Overall Disruption of the Body Systems:

  • Describe the etiology of emotional trauma and the effect on physiology according to Chinese medicine.
  • Understand the general diagnostic signs of trauma and how to re-set the overall physiology of the body.
  • Provide a detailed explanation of the theory behind the Gathering the Qi Treatment and a treatment demonstration.
  • How to address an emotional trauma trapped in the body, a demonstration of the Soothing the Trauma Memory Treatment.
  • Demonstrate qigong and drumming techniques to center a patient.
  • Practice qigong standing and shaking forms.
  • Self-care techniques to stabilize a patient after trauma.
  • The role of the five spirits (Zhi, Hun, Shen, Yi, and Po) in emotional trauma.
  • Explore the multiple diagnostic methods to determine how an individual has been affected by emotional trauma:
    • Five Element Diagnosis
    • Facial Diagnosis
    • Channel Palpation
    • Pulse and Tongue Diagnosis
    • Spirit level Diagnosis

Day Two – Treating the Individual Manifestations of Trapped Trauma:

  • Channel theory and acupuncture point selection.
    • Same moving resonance channel paring
    • Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches
    • Five transport points, source, cleft, and collateral point designations
    • Eight extraordinary channels
  • Differentiate the various manifestations of emotional trauma.
    • Fear
    • Anger
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Worry
    • Grief
  • Discuss strategies to address sensory organ impairment due to emotional trauma.
  • Demonstrate cupping and bloodletting techniques to treat trauma.
  • Utilizing nutrition and sleep hygiene to balance the emotions and bolster the five elements.
  • Comparing and contrasting the Western medical approach to trauma.

Day Three – Preventing the Impact of Future Trauma and Clinical Theatre:

  • Determine the trauma cycle and faulty belief systems.
  • Self-care techniques to improve Zheng qi.
  • Lifestyle and dietary changes to prevent the impact of future trauma.
  • Inherited trauma and how to address it with channel theory.
  • Case studies displaying the coordination of the many facets of diagnosing and treating trauma.
  • Clinic Theatre
    • Diagnose patients with the multi-level diagnostic approach.
    • Develop strategies to untangle deeply seated emotional trauma.
    • Treat patients utilizing the three staged treatment approach.
    • Prescribe individualized self-care techniques and specific lifestyle modifications.
  • Closing ceremony

Book "The treatment of emotional trauma with Chinese medicine"

CT Holman is author of the book "The Treatment of Emotional Trauma with Chinese Medicine"; ISBN 9781848193185.

Kontakt der Kontinenten
Amersfoortsestraat 20
3769 AS Soesterberg

Tel: +31 346 351755
€ 592

incl. coffee/tea/water/lunch (day 2 and 3)

Required knowledge

Basic TCM.

Target group

Acupuncturists, herbalists, tuina therapists, shiatsu therapists, last year TCM, students acupuncture, students herbalism, students tuina, students shiatsu.

Accredited by

Accreditation is obtained from NVA (code AT), NWP (3 points/day) and Zhong (category 1, 17 NAP).

Accreditation will be applied at Eufom and BAF if a student is a member of one of these organizations.

A member of the VNT can apply for an individual accreditation in the member section online.

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