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Chinese Medicine and the Polyvagal Theory


Recently I read THIS ARTICLE from Acupuncture Today written by Dr. Erica Rosen, LAC, DACM, DIPL. OM. Don’t let the scientific words scare you – this article explores how we process our reactions to our environments and why. You can read the full article HERE.

It is worth noting that Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can be used to treat symptoms associated with the Polyvagal Theory by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and balancing the body's energy system. Here are some examples of Chinese Medicine modalities that may be helpful:

  1. Acupuncture: Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese Medicine that involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body. It is believed to stimulate the body's natural healing processes and promote relaxation. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, which can help regulate the autonomic nervous system and improve overall health.
  2. Herbal Medicine: Chinese herbal medicine can be used to support the body's natural healing processes and promote relaxation. For example, adaptogenic herbs such as ashwagandha and rhodiola can help the body cope with stress and improve resilience.
  3. Dietary therapy: Chinese Medicine dietary therapy involves using food as medicine to promote health and prevent disease. A balanced diet with a variety of nutrient-dense whole foods can help support the body's natural healing processes and promote relaxation.


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