The Treatment of Emotional Trauma and PTSD with Chinese Medicine

John Lockenour, DC, DABCO, DABCA

During this class the following topics will be presented to identify psychological stressors in the chiropractic acupuncture practice that may lead to increased risk or harm to the patient. 

For millennia, Chinese medicine physicians have asserted that the seven emotions can be a major cause of disease. Following emotional trauma, the body becomes susceptible to pathogens and organ dysfunction, leading to a variety of ailments.

Diagnosing emotional trauma with TCM 

Chinese medicine has several diagnostic techniques that help practitioners to diagnose the scattered qi that occurs when the patient is triggered by a trauma memory. A lacklustre clouded complexion, confusion, a vacant look, dullness in the eyes and disorientation are signs that the shen has been affected by the scattering of qi. Emotional trauma can affect all the channels, and channel palpation is an effective technique to differentiate how each patient has been affected.

Treatment Protocols 

Treatment is carried out in a three-step process: first, the qi is gathered in order to ground and center the patient, then the memory of the trauma is soothed to stop its repeated triggering and the resulting disturbance of the qi, and finally, once clear communication of the channel system of the body is restored, individual organ/channel imbalances are addressed. Trauma affects each patient individually. Specific treatment on channels and organ systems is imperative to fully resolve emotional trauma and clear any trauma that remains locked in the body.

Target Audience

Doctor of Chiropractic Certified in Acupuncture

Learning Objectives

  • To provide the clinician with background in identifying clinical presentations which increase risk of psychosocial stressors, while also providing that individual with information on techniques to minimize risk and improve patient relationships and care. 
  • To provide state required continuing education for the chiropractic physician. 
  • Identify psychosocial risk, management skills, psychological concerns, and the duties of the treating doctor​​​​​
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 2.00 Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) CE
    • 2.00 Acupuncture Technique (AP-Techn)
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Speaker: John Lockenour, DC, DABCO, DABCA

Dr. John Lockenour is a 1977 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic.  After completing his graduate degree, he completed a diplomat through the American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedist.  Additional certification in chiropractic rehabilitation, manipulation under anesthesia, and applied diagnostic testing, along with a fellowship in the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture give him a vast background  that he brings to teaching and consulting.  Over the last 28 years of full-time practice, Dr. Lockenour built one of the largest and most successful chiropractic practices in the State of Indiana.  As vice president of the Indiana State chiropractic Association, he was the only doctor to receive chiropractor of the year on two occasions, once in 1991 and again in 2000.  For the last 20 years, Dr. Lockenour has taught postgraduate courses in orthopedics, whiplash injuries, physical therapy, nutrition, and practice management. At present he is an Assistant Professor at Palmer College of Chiropractic Florida. His informative and motivational style of speaking makes him a very popular speaker and sought-after consultant.


This lecture has been approved by Texas College of Chiropractic and quality control checked by the Florida Chiropractic Association. This lecture has attained approval in the following states: CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MT, NE, NJ, NM, NY, OR, RI, SC, UT, VT, VA, and WA.

Available Credit

  • 2.00 Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) CE
    • 2.00 Acupuncture Technique (AP-Techn)


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