Tracy A. Andrews, MSOM, LAc

Tracy Andrews, MSOM, LAc is licensed by the Oregon Medical Board and certified as a Diplomate of Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She maintains her private practice in Portland, Oregon, working collaboratively with her patients to address their health and wellbeing through treatments tailored to each individual's unique needs. Additionally, Tracy sees patients at the Immune Enhancement Project, a nonprofit clinic providing complementary care to patients with chronic pain, cancer, and multiple sclerosis, and is a volunteer provider with the Returning Veterans Project. More information about her practice at tracyandrewsacupuncture.com.
Tracy A. Andrews, MSOM, LAc has written 13 posts for healing from the freeze

Survey: Acupuncture for Trauma Healing

Hi all, I’ll be presenting a talk on acupuncture as complementary care for trauma healing at the VA’s Military Sexual Trauma Task Force training next week. My preparations for the talk have inspired me to create surveys for both providers and for trauma survivors about their experiences with trauma. These are intended to help create … Continue reading

Mindfulness meets ancient circuitry

Dr. Stephen Porges, founder of the Polyvagal Theory, comments on mindfulness & hypervigilance The following is an excerpt from a great interview of Dr. Stephen Porges, the founder of Polyvagal Theory. I highly recommend reading the entire interview, as well as checking out anything else by Dr. Porges. Polyvagal theory is expanding and redefining my understanding … Continue reading

Announcing new practice in Northeast Portland!

It’s been a long road but the time has finally come! I’m pleased to announce the launching of my Chinese medicine practice in Portland, Oregon! At this clinic on NE Prescott Street, I’m now providing holistic healthcare utilizing acupuncture, classical Chinese herbal medicine, and craniosacral therapy. Yes, it has been a while since I last posted – … Continue reading

Curiouser and curiouser!

For some time now I’ve been struggling my way through writing a scientific paper on dissociation and its treatment with Oriental medicine. For some time it seemed a sure case of writer’s block, but after several rounds of returning to the material, I’ve realized that it’s a little more complicated than that. You see, the subject of … Continue reading

Causes of Disease

Once we understand and accept that illness is a part of ourselves, there may be no way to separate its ’cause’ from the illness, nor the illness from us. In other words, when dis-ease is disease, and disease is dis-ease, we are chasing our tails to ask “Why?” Rather than search for cause, then, better … Continue reading

The vagus nerve, emotions and the difficulty with mindfulness practices

“Now, many people who don’t know a lot about trauma think that trauma has something to do with something that happened to you a long time ago. In fact, the past is the past and the only thing that matters is what happens right now. And what is trauma is the residue that a past event … Continue reading

Processes of dissociation

“…if I refer to my body as ‘me’ but distrust its sensations, its language, its needs; if I say ‘my body’ but do not experience the body as part of ‘I’, it’s a very convenient place to dump my grief, fear, rage, anxiety, shame, guilt and sorrow. I have then only to suppress my awareness … Continue reading


“To escape from the weight of the world, I leave my body where it is, in conversation or at dinner, and walk through a series of winding streets…” -Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry

Following up on possession, Gu syndrome and dissociation

In a previous post I questioned whether or not there might be a connection between Gu Syndrome and dissociation. Since then, I met separately with Dr. Heiner Fruehauf and Dr. Brenda Hood to discuss possession, Gu, and dissociative phenomena. Gu syndrome is the cluster of physical, neurological, mental-emotional and digestive symptoms resulting from a parasitic … Continue reading

“This is the real me!”

I have often thought that the best way to define a man’s character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says: “This is … Continue reading

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