Revolutionize Healing From Traumatic Stress: Integrating Chinese Medicine with Neurobiology

Vibrational illness meets vibrational medicine!

This course explores acupuncture and Chinese medicine as the perfect modality for treating survivors of traumatic stress. 


Revolutionize Healing From Traumatic Stress: Integrating Chinese Medicine with Neurobiology

2 Live Training Sessions
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14:00 hours 
Live & On-Demand Video
Certificate On Completion

The dates for the next cohort will be announced soon.


What you will learn

  • Develop titrated treatment plans that unfold care at a manageable pace.
  • Recognize trauma physiology in survivors and develop treatment plans that don’t overwhelm them.
  • Interview trauma survivors using techniques that support accessing their core regulation and don’t require them to re-live their trauma.
  • Discuss how PolyVagal Theory can inform the important role of healers in building safer neighborhoods and communities.
  • Compare and name the 5 Steps of the Self-Protective Response with the Five Elements of Chinese Medicine.
  • Describe the Laws of the Tao, Yin and Yang, and the Five Elements in the context of restoring balance and regulation in survivors of trauma.
  • Discuss the impact of incomplete protective responses on whole-body balance and regulation.
  • Recognize the critical importance of our own inner regulation as our primary tool when serving trauma survivors.
  • Discuss approaches that build dynamic coherence between systems as foundational for working with trauma survivors.

Course Overview

This course explores acupuncture and Chinese medicine as the perfect modality for treating survivors of traumatic stress. Vibrational illness meets vibrational medicine!

Traumatic stress impacts every aspect of our mind-body-spirit. Its’ transformation requires approaches that go beyond language, trust our body’s capacity to restore balance and regulation,

and understand symptoms as signs meant to guide a process that supports restoring core regulation and whole-body, coherence.

We will integrate polyvagal theory with the Five Elements as our framework for exploring complex trauma, including:

  • The critical importance of regulation in the Kidney/Heart axis as an expression of the relationship between the Dorsal and Ventral Vagus and the Water and Fire Elements.
  • The long-term impact of a freeze response on the Earth and Fire Elements. 
  • Supporting the development of mobilization responses that both protect and defend ourselves and others and are commensurate with the level of threat in the Sympathetic Nervous System/Wood Element.
  • An opportunity to witness and practice a simple, yet a powerful intervention that can be done in person or virtually to restore regulation between the Water and the Fire – the Kidney and the Heart.

Advances in the last 10-20 years in the study of the neurobiology of traumatic stress have revolutionized mental health treatment for trauma spectrum disorders. Our patients will benefit when we integrate these modern, scientific understandings of the human response to threat into how we offer our needles, manage clinical interactions and interpret our client’s signs and symptoms.

Important Notes

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Participant numbers

The maximum number of participants is 50, and the minimum is 15. That will ensure an optimum learning environment for you.

Please note: this course contains pre-recorded materials, and we do not offer refunds for our recorded online courses/webinars.

Course content

This course comprises four pre-recorded videos and two live training sessions.

Live meetings will take place via Zoom and will include supervised training.

Footage of the live meetings will be available for you to watch for up to 2 weeks after the end of the program. Pre-recorded videos will be available for you to watch in your account indefinitely.

Live training dates and times

Please note that attendance at the live meetings is mandatory as we believe that these meetings form the heart of this program and are essential for your learning. Please let us know if you have any difficulty relating to the timings of these meetings. We will gladly programme additional live meetings if there is sufficient interest from participants.

Each session will be about 4 to 4.5 hours and run via Zoom.

  • The next live training will take place on the – The dates for the next cohort will be announced soon.

6th February 2022 at 11:00 AM New-York | 17:00 Paris | 8 AM Portland | 16:00 London

  • The second live training will take place on the

13th February 2022 at 11:00 AM New-York | 17:00 Paris | 8 AM Portland | 16:00 London

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Course Reviews:

everything and more

Rated 5 out of 5
May 10, 2021

This course was everything and more than I’ve been waiting for. I practice Acupuncture and Shiatsu and Tre. I had studied Polyvagal Theory as part of my training in Tre. There was a gap; meeting of East and West. A gap that my 20 or so years with working with survivors of abuse and trauma had intuited that a sense of relationship and safety was paramount. I felt as though I had pegs but needed a line from which they could hang.
this was that line. Inspirational and timely. A heartfelt thank you to Alaine, whose knowledge, skill and compassion was ever present throughout.

Annette Lucas

I was delighted

Rated 5 out of 5
April 13, 2021

I was delighted with how much I learned from a somatic perspective. I loved how Alaine bridged the somatic awareness and presence into the treatments. I gained a lot of respect and trust in her work because of how she always brought the container of the class, and of treatments, back to safety.


Amazing course!

Rated 5 out of 5
February 22, 2021

This was an amazing course that I was able to apply immediately to my acupuncture practice. Alaine does a wonderful job of simplifying complex ideas into a way that is both easy to understand and applicable to any kind of healing profession (acupuncture, therapy, massage, etc.). I enjoyed the live sessions and the ability to practice these concepts with other people.
I highly recommend this course to anyone that works with stress, anxiety, and trauma. After almost a year of living in a pandemic (as of Feb 2021) it’s safe to say that having these skills for your patients or clients will make you a more effective practitioner.

Teddy L
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About Instructor

Alaine D. Duncan, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Alaine Duncan is an acupuncturist and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She is the author of The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner's Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment. Alaine has a fascination for the interface of East and West, the personal and the political, the individual and the collective -- and holds a special place in her heart and her mind for the role of healers and healing in cultural transformation.

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Course Includes

  • 6 Sections
  • 42 Lessons
  • 7 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate