Acupuncture and Epigenetics

Jun 28, 2022

You can retrain your brain to heal yourself

In ancient Chinese Medicine the concept of epigenetics was a familiar study in the class of meridians called the eight extraordinary vessels. Practitioners in the art of acupuncture were well versed in bringing balance to psycho-emotional disturbances that manifest as physical symptoms. Modern science is only now discovering the effects of gene expression in the face of environmental factors. Studies show how genes turn on and off in response to stress and trauma, and how these genes are in turn passed on to the next generations.

One of the eight extraordinary vessels is the source of our ancestral qi or life force that develops in the prenatal stage and later gives rise to two others which are the main conduits of qi distribution. It is said that whatever ancestral qi we are born with, it is the quota for our whole life, and we can enhance or diminish it through the choices we make in our life-style. The health of our prenatal qi is also affected by the environment and our relationship to it.

Four branches of the eight extraordinary vessels are responsible for how we respond to our environment as we mature. How well we are nurtured or exposed to childhood trauma will determine the health of these meridians. Two are responsible for whether we can take a stand for ourselves and the other two determine how we view the world.

When there is an imbalance due to stress and trauma, these meridians are overwhelmed and the body stores the stress and trauma in another branch of the extraordinary vessels, where it remains latent until the conditions are right to deal with them.

Working with these eight extraordinary vessels, we can create balance on a psycho-emotional level and address the deeper core issues related to chronic physical symptoms. When there is stress and unresolved trauma in the body, qi and blood stagnates resulting in chronic pain. In the case of clients who can only work with me via zoom, we can still work with these eight extraordinary vessels through other techniques rather than using acupuncture needles.

In my health coaching sessions, I give you tools to work with physical and emotional symptoms as they arise in the healing process. Techniques such as self-acupressure, qi gong exercises and listening to appropriate recorded guided visualizations are key to coping with the symptoms that may show up as your body feels safe to release old pain and past trauma. Knowing that you can self-soothe and self-regulate is vital to trust that you can heal and reclaim for yourself the healthy, happy life that you deserve.

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