Trauma/PTSD and Recovery in the Context of Chinese Medicine

This course provides a road map to interpreting the physiological and psychology components of trauma/PTSD within the context of Chinese Medicine.


CEU Approvals:

  • CAAA
  • CTCMA (Section B)


Trauma/PTSD and Recovery in the Context of Chinese Medicine


Trauma related conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are certainly hot topics these days in not only Chinese Medicine circles, but also with the public at large. It is becoming widely known that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for this syndrome.

If you are struggling to recognize a traumatized patient in your clinic and/or are unsure of effective treatments to use to help them through – then this is the course for you!

If you haven’t yet seen a PTSD patient in your clinic, you will soon! Or, perhaps you haven’t recognized it?

“I found this course to be helpful in viewing trauma through a TCM lens and how it can connect to the Western perspective…. Well thought out, organized.”

~2017 Student

I work with


a lot of MVA and concussion patients in the clinic. Very concise and digestible. A unique take on treatment strategies.

5 stars*****

~2020 Student

“Darren Tellier’s course, Trauma and Recovery in the Context of Chinese Medicine provided a very clear, concise, and well-organized strategy for both diagnosing and treating patients suffering from trauma and PTSD. Darren’s explanation of both the neuro-biological and TCM theories of trauma was very useful. I also found the numerous resources he provided to be helpful in building a varied and effective treatment toolbox.

5 stars*****

~2021 Student

Interpreting and treating Trauma in the Context of Chinese Medicine will answer these questions for you:

  • How can we recognize symptoms and conditions that may point to shock and/or trauma as the underlying cause?
  • How do we interview patients when we suspect he or she is suffering from the effects of trauma?
  • How should we re-interpret the neurological mechanisms of the traumatized brain in a Chinese Medical framework?
  • What are the stages of treatment involved in unraveling the effects of trauma and stress?
  • What other resources or skills are required to work with patients suffering from stress and trauma-related disorders?


Recently, I interviewed Darren so that we could have a preview of what you will learn – this is incredibly fascinating, so hit play and start learning!

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course, I feel better equipped to deal with and recognize PTSD/Trauma in a patient.

Very informative. I’m glad I can go back and refresh after I’ve completed each section as there is lots of information.”

Was this course up to your expectations?: “Yes, it was dense and I’ll have to revisit, but it’s most definitely more than I expected to learn“.

I found the 3 channel circuit piece relating to trauma and the extraordinary vessel approach really sparked my interest when looking at deeper patterns and the flow or lack of flow in a system. I was reminded of Willhelm Reich”s body-mind work of Bioenergetics.”

Good and up to date biomedical information as well as thorough CM info and treatment strategies.”

-2017 Students


Darren Tellier has been an instructor in the Acupuncture Program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton for 16 years. He lectures on a wide range of Chinese Medicine and teaches a number of clinical labs. He co-owns a successful clinic in Edmonton clinic ( that focuses on stress-related illness as well as women’s health. He has dealt extensively with stress and trauma-related disorders and has recently taught this course live in Portland, OR.


You own this course for 2 years in full to review, re-watch and revisit as many times as you need!

“As I mentioned, the concept of emotional trauma lodging in the Fu organs was quite insightful. Inclusion of 5e constructs such as possession, AE and entry-exit blocks in treatment protocols is something that I have considered and experienced as beneficial in the past, however, this course brought deeper meaning as to why they are effective practice. Comparing the relationship between the TCM concept of the HD/KD connection and the biomedical HPA axis is perhaps the most obvious of concepts presented in the material, yet the way the author does it provided new insight into both diagnostic and treatment implications. Very impressed.

“Very insightful. It really brought together Biomedical, TCM, 5 element and psychological perspectives.”

Excellent course. I will be trying out some of the treatment strategies on clients who have blocks not necessarily due to PTSD. I have clients who will benefit from my knowing how to offer other treatments …I was taught by Darren and I like his teaching style.” 

5 stars*****

“This course was very helpful at putting into context a subject that isn’t directly addressed in TCM very often, with lots of practical advice and protocols suggested. Most useful? Review of conventional medical understanding of trauma and its effects on the nervous system, discussion of TCM concepts relating to traumatization, and the point prescriptions and strategies presented.” 

5 stars*****

~2018 Students

“Very interesting and informative. All of it was useful.”

5 stars*****

~2019 Student

It’s important to be trauma-informed as health care providers and this was an excellent course to begin learning about treating trauma. Very useful to understand the western mechanisms and symptoms associated with PTSD and relating it to TCM theory.

5 stars*****

~2020 Student

“I work in a clinic that treats lots of trauma patients and wanted to better detect trauma and help patients improve. Learn how to better clear blockages. Overall a great course by a very knowledgeable teacher. The course was clear and concise and offered good references to get additional information. I highly recommend this course.

5 stars*****

~2021 Student

  • $89.00
  • 720 Days
  • Course Certificate
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