ACUPUNCTURE AND MENTAL HEALTH

How Acupuncture Helps Build Inner Peace

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n abundance of new research supports the idea that one common contributor to anxiety and depression, especially non-responsive cases, is inflammation.

Many of us living in modern industrialized environments experience dozens if not hundreds of different chemical exposures daily. We now understand that the immune response to those exposures can keep us in a chronic state of immune overactivation: inflamed.

That immune response will at times trigger the release of stress hormones, which trigger blood sugar surges (to help us run or fight.) The blood sugar surges trigger dopamine release, the neurotransmitter of pleasure. Dopamine rewires the brain to repeat whatever triggers dopamine releases.

Translation: it’s easy to become addicted to things that inflame us.

It can take some time for people new to these ideas to come to terms with them. It’s not easy to accept that our favorite things sometimes leave us anxious or depressed.

This is where acupuncture can be very helpful.

Not only can acupuncture often retrain the immune system to be less reactive, but by giving bodies and brains regular baths of mood-stabilizing endorphins, acupuncture can lift the spirit and calm anxious minds as powerfully and more safely than many pharmaceuticals.

Bolstered by their sudden, new sense of well-being, clients discover new agency for putting into action the suggestions of their healers.

This Course Focuses On:

Life in modern industrialized environments exposes humans to a rich mix of toxic substances. While safety testing regimes typically focus on testing single chemicals, research indicates synergistic effects between toxins increases their total adverse health impacts exponentially.

This course explains current thinking re: how the chronic immune activation and inflammation engendered by this situation contributes to chronic, non-responsive anxiety and depression and includes:

  • A brief into to the immune system
  • research establishing a causal role for inflammation in anxiety and depression
  • how to leverage diet and functional nutrition to reduce immune overactivation, brighten the mind and lift the spirit.

Goals & Objectives:

Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:

  • Name at least three cytokines and accurately describe how they orchestrate both inflammatory and cellular repair processes
  • Explain the role of the microbiome in modulating immune response
  • Name at least three nutrients available over-the-counter that can help leverage immune-calming strategies to address anxiety and/or depression
  • Name at least three publicly-available resources to which clients can be referred re: this subject matter area and offer a critique at least one of them.

One Hour Live Webinar

1pm- 2pm (PST, GMT-8)

Sunday, December 12, 2021

1 CE Hour for California BBS licensees

1 PDA for NCCAOM (pending)

1 CE Credit Hour for California acupuncturists (pending)

 $29

 

  • How Acupuncture leverages endocrinology to enable personal growth
  • How chronic inflammation disrupts mood and cognition
  • Introduction to endorphins
  • Inflammation’s role in anxiety & depression
  • Finding a good acupuncturist
  • How to discuss acupuncture with clients

One Hour Live Webinar

1pm- 2pm (PST, GMT-8)

Sunday, December 12, 2021

1 CE Hour for California BBS licensees

1 PDA for NCCAOM (pending)

1 CE Credit Hour for California acupuncturists (pending)

$29

 

  • How Acupuncture leverages endocrinology to enable personal growth
  • How chronic inflammation disrupts mood and cognition
  • Introduction to endorphins
  • Inflammation’s role in anxiety & depression
  • Finding a good acupuncturist
  • How to discuss acupuncture with clients

Duane Law, L.Ac. has taught acupuncturists since the 1980s and has been a provider of continuing education for mental health professionals in California since 2000.

Duane is among the earliest acupuncturists licensed in the US. His clinical focus has been mental health issues and otherwise non-responsive medical challenges since 1982, with an emphasis on food awareness, nutrition and client education as interventions.

The Understanding & Healing Winter Blues course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, 2 PDA points as required by NCCAOM, and 2 hours of CE credit as required by the California Acupuncture Board.

While Duane Law, L.Ac. goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which arise which may require intervention and/or action. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances. When a participant files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken. The participant(s) will be asked to put their concerns in writing. If the grievance concerns a course, the content comprising the course or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. If a participant complains about the quality, content, delivery system or proficiency level required to pass a course or complete a program their tuition will be refunded.

If you need special accommodations for any reason please let us know at the time of your enrollment in the course by sending me a message, texting or calling me at (310) 498-2777.

Course certificates for live course attendees will be provided by email within 48 hours at the end of the seminar. Asynchronous attendees viewing the webinar recording will be asked to pass a short quiz; the passing rate will be 70% correct and certificates for these students will be provided by email within 48 hours of completing the quiz. Asynchronous attendees seeking NCCAOM PDAs will also need to complete a worksheet.

Duane Law, L.Ac. (CAMFT 102132) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs; and by NCCAOM (Provider #9140) and the California Acupuncture Board (CE Provider #1667) to provide continuing education for acupuncturists.

Duane Law, L.Ac. maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

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