This was great. She did a wonderful job of pulling from a variety of traditions to address a very complex condition seen far too often in practice.

Many of us live with the effects of trauma and loss without any conscious awareness of cause. In fact, a number of the psychological and psychosomatic symptoms we see in clinical practice are the result of primary and secondary trauma. We could call trauma the world's most widespread "hidden pathogen." The ancient Chinese recognized it over 2,000 years ago in the form of shen disturbances and possession states.

In this class, practitioners will learn about trauma and its effects on the body, mind and spirit. We will look at how the organism's response to overwhelming life experiences has a positive, life-preserving effect, yet over time can become debilitating and a cause of disease in itself. Turning to the wisdom of the Taoist system of wushen or the Five Spirits, we will explore simple, effective strategies that can initiate processes of healing and transformation.


  1. What is emotional and psychological trauma? Introduction to concept of trauma from Western psychological and Traditional Chinese Medical perspective. Review of key historical and theoretical issues as well as overlaps and differences between eastern and western points of view and attitudes. Specific relevance of trauma and PTSD to acupuncture practice. Review of the specific concerns and issues that arise for acupuncturists and practitioners of body-oriented treatment modalities. Why touch and body contact is both an advantage and a challenge.
  2. Etiology and risk factors. Signs and symptoms. How to recognize trauma and PTSD in the acupuncture treatment room.
  3. Safety and ethics. Review of safety issues and scope of practice. Recognizing red flags and when and how to refer to other health care providers.
  4. Introduction to the Five Spirits. An overview of wushen as a gateway to Taoist psychology and deep work with healing trauma.
  5. How the five shen respond to traumatic experience. A review of the Five Spirits and the specific symptoms that arise in response to trauma.
  6. Tools and Spirit points.
  7. Using flower essences and essential oils.
  8. Trauma as a Spirit issue. Alchemical values and attitudes.

Tools for the practitioner working on the spirit level. The inner and outer practices necessary for positive outcome.

This Course Includes:
Acupuncture, TCM Theory
Category 1
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Lorie Dechar


Lorie Eve Dechar's intuitive work as an alchemical healer, mentor and teacher is supported by a strong foundation of theoretical understanding and clinical experience, including twenty-six years of Chinese medical practice, twelve years as a senior faculty member at the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City as well as years of teaching at institutes and retreat centers throughout the United States, Canada and the U.K. Lorie is the author of Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing. She holds a Master's Degree in Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, MD, 1985. Lorie has trained in Jungian and Gestalt psychotherapy, is a certified Focusing-oriented psychotherapist, and has become recognized as a modern interpreter of classical Taoist practice. and

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Loved Laurie ! Can't wait to take another one of her seminars . Thank You Pro-D

very inspiring and informative! I look forward to more webinars with Lorie Dechar ~ Chelsea

This was great. She did a wonderful job of pulling from a variety of traditions to address a very complex condition seen far too often in practice.

I enjoyed the lecture ~ Danny

Decent seminar, simply wished there was more in-depth material and topic discussion