CoVid19, Community Arousal and the Kidney-Heart Axis - Webinar

07/17/2020 02:00 PM - 05:00 PM ET


Instructor: Alaine Duncan, MAc, LAc

Credits: 3 CEU/PDAs (Approved NCCAOM, Pending CA. CA Category 1 Live Training. CA Provider #0619)

Cost: $75 - non-BIPOC | Free - BIPOC

Refund Policy: Full refunds offered through July 14th, 2020

This webinar will be offered online through Zoom. We will email students a link to the meeting by July 16th.

Please call 503.477.9731 or email trainings@acuwithoutborders.org with any questions.

CoVid19 is an invisible, insidious, ever-present threat. George Floyd’s murder has ignited a similar felt sense of “inescapable attack” that racism presents to black, brown and indigenous people. Many individuals, as well as our nation as a corporate body, are experiencing deep, historic wounds. What has been held within is now in full view – and has become more available for transformation and healing.


Integrating a PolyVagal approach to nervous system regulation with the Five Elements, acupuncturists can restore relationship in the Water/Fire axis, build capacity in the Wood to protect and defend, and enhance the Earth’s function to digest the gristle – maximizing this profound opportunity for transformation of our nation’s oldest wound.

This class will use polyvagal theory and the five element model of acupuncture and Asian medicine as a contextual framework for exploring:


  • - The critical importance of regulating the relationship between the Kidney and the Heart; the Water and the Fire, in complex trauma.
  • - The long-term impact of a freeze response imposed on the Earth Element in complex trauma
  • - How healers can support the development of capacity in the Sympathetic Nervous System, or the Wood Element to protect and defend ourselves and others.

Note: ​Participants should plan on reading Chapters 1-5 of "The Tao of Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating​ ​Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment​"​ prior to class.​ 

Instructor Bio:

Alaine Duncan is a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia Institute) with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture in 1990 and completed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training in 2007.  She completed certification in the use of touch to build capacity for self-regulation in trauma survivors in 2012; and Somatic Resilience and Regulation Training in body-centered approaches to ameliorate the impact of pre-and peri-natal trauma in 2015.


Her research background includes serving on studies assessing the impact of integrative medicine on compassion fatigue in military caregivers; the use of acupuncture for the treatment of combat-related traumatic stress, the treatment of chronic headaches in current conflict Veterans with traumatic brain injuries and for Gulf War Veterans Illness.


Alaine was a Founding Director of Crossings Healing & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD and is also a charter member of the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, serving as a contractor there since 2007.


Alaine founded Integrative Healing, LLC in 2012 with a goal to integrate the wisdom of Chinese Medicine with the study of neurobiology and traumatic stress in both the classroom and the treatment room.


She is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teach continuing education classes for acupuncturists on best practices for the treatment of traumatic stress.

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