Chinese Medicine and the Splitting of the Doctor-Patient Archetypes Brian Falk This article explores the dual nature of healer and patient that exists in each person, proposing the idea that a doctor has an ‘inner patient’ just as the patient has an ‘inner doctor’. These basic principles form what are called archetypal patterns. In a clinical setting, these patterns can become "split" through the denial or repression of one side of the archetypal pair, with consequences for both doctor and patient, and the efficacy and outcome of the treatment. This process is discussed, with some suggestions of ways in which the practitioner may minimise its occurence, particularly in the context of TCM treatment.
The Therapeutic Encounter: How Acupuncturists Can Make Use of Psychoanalysis Elisa Rossi The patient-acupuncturist relationship is one of the key issues in therapy. This article retraces some passages of the classics to introduce the psychoanalytic perspective on some dynamics that take place in the encounter. As acupuncturists we rely on different therapeutic instruments, but being aware of the unconscious forces encountered and recognised in psychoanalysis may assist our work. Starting from the discussion of transference, therapeutic alliance and empathy this paper will explore the space of the therapy and the therapist’s yin attitudes of ‘empty Heart’, neutrality and just ‘being there’.
Two Treatments That Can Transform Lives - Husband/Wife and Possession Peter Mole A proportion of our patients show at least some signs and symptoms of significant mental health problems. Data released under the Freedom of Information Act shows that more than 7.3 million people in the UK were prescribed antidepressants in 2017-18, 4.4 million of whom are long-term users who also received a prescription for such drugs in both of the two previous years, and these statistics show a steady rise year on year. While many practitioners feel reasonably confident at treating mild depression and anxiety, where more serious problems are encountered there exist two protocols within the Five Element Constitutional lineage, and relatively little known outside of it, that can be of great benefit to patients struggling with mental health issues. This article explores these, the Husband/Wife Imbalance and Possession protocols.
Psychotherapy, Chinese Medicine and Eastern Spiritual Traditions Kim Wells This wide-ranging article compares the roles and perspectives of psychotherapists and TCM practitioners, acknowledging the importance both attach to the therapeutic relationship. It compares and contrasts attitudes to emotional imbalance in Chinese Medicine practitioners in the West and in China and looks for the causes of this difference, explores differing views as to where to locate the site and cause of illness – in the mind or in the body, and finally, explores parallels between psychotherapy and Eastern philosophies such as Daoism and Buddhism.
Five Element Acupuncturists' Experiences of Building Rapport and a Therapeutic Relationship with Patients - A Qualitative, Exploratory Study Sally Anderson A qualitative, exploratory study, investigating the experiences of six Five Element Acupuncturists in building therapeutic relationships and rapport with new patients. UK-based, semi-structured individual interviews were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Descriptive data was analysed for emerging themes using inductive thematic analysis. Within the categories of (1) ‘Creating a safe environment’, (2) ‘Building trust’, (3) ‘Therapeutic skills’, and (4) ‘Constitutional Factor interaction’ practitioners described actions they took to actively build or promote rapport and relationship. Rapport emerged as a multidimensional, multifactorial phenomenon. Patients were offered a therapeutic relationship through the lenses of the element identified to be their Causative Factor, by means of Five Element Acupuncturists altering their own emotions, behaviours and discourses to ‘meet’ the patient in their element and on the level of body, mind or spirit.
A Probe into the True Meaning of the Five Emotions in TCM Cheok Wee Teck This review clarifies the relationship between the five emotions, differentiating them into two major groups; positive and negative. It seeks to explain the importance of shen in maintaining body condition and the movement of qi by exploring the relationship between shen (Spirit), hun (Ethereal Soul) and po (Corporeal Soul), and showing how these three intangible elements affect qi movement and the structural condition of the body. The review also probes the true meaning of the five emotions; joy being the positive expression of a healthy Heart, whereas anger, grief, over-thinking and fear are negative emotions generated by the Liver, Lung, Spleen and Kidney respectively.