Topic: Acupuncture-Tuina Combined Protocols for Psychological Disorders

It has always been my belief that the most powerful tool I have to affect change in my patients is my hands. To use touch in the clinical context, the protocols of tuina help us stay well inside acceptable patient-practitioner bounds and have a significant impact on their condition. While tuina is most often used in China for musculo-skeletal disorders, I have found it to be an invaluable addition to almost any treatment and especially powerful for psycho-emotional problems.

In this presentation, I will demonstrate and give you notes for several specific combinations that I have used effectively for anxiety, insomnia,
premenstrual dysphoric disorder, impaired memory, agitation and restlessness, and irritability.

For those of you who like to touch your patients at every level possible, this material will give you some new tools to do just that.

Honora Lee Wolfe was the founding director at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy from 1976-1980 and went on to study tuina massage at the Shanghai College of TCM during 1984, ’85, and ‘86. She completed her acupuncture training in 1988. Ms. Wolfe has taught at many national and regional acupuncture colleges and conferences in Nor th America and Europe and is the author or co-author of several books, including Prince Wen Hui’s Cook: Chinese Dietary Therapy, How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy Healthy Bir th with Chinese Medicine, Managing Menopause Naturally with Chinese Medicine, Better Breast Health Naturally with Chinese Medicine, Points for Profit: The Essential Guide to Practice Success for Acupuncturists, The Successful Chinese Herbalist: How to Prescribe Correctly, Gain Patient Compliance, and Operate a Profitable Dispensary, and most recently is co-author of Western Physical Exam Skills for Practitioners of Asian Medicine