Our practices are filled with people with “strange, rare, and peculiar” symptoms that baffle western providers. Auto-immune illness, chronic pain, metabolic, sleep, and endocrine disturbance, depression and anxiety all have a tendril of connection to autonomic nervous system dysregulation from traumatic stress, known or unknown. Using ancient principles of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturists are trained to facilitate whole-body coherence between yin and yang; balance and regulation in the Kidney/Heart axis and a smooth flow through the cycle of seasons and Elements. Integrating neurobiology’s 5 Steps of the Self-Protective Response (hint: they mirror the 5 Elements!) and the framework of Polyvagal Theory in the context of the Shen Cycle will illuminate diagnostic information and treatment room skills that will revolutionize your practice, your service to your patients, and your contribution to the healing of our world.