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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

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

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

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