Alaine Duncan, MAc, LAc

Alaine Duncan has a unique approach acupuncture that integrates polyvagal theory and the neurobiology of the self-protective response with ancient healing principles of Chinese medicine. This clinical fascination has carried her heart to places and people she never imagined when she graduated from acupuncture school in 1990, and completed Somatic Experiencing training in 2007.

Alaine was a founding member of the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center where she served as a clinician and researcher from 2007-2017. Her background in military research includes studies exploring the impact of integrative medicine on compassion fatigue in military caregivers; acupuncture for treatment of combat-related PTSD, chronic headaches in Veterans with traumatic brain injuries, pain in Veterans of all conflict; and for the treatment of Gulf War Veterans Illness.

Alaine co-founded the National Capital Area chapter of Acupuncturists Without Borders, who until Covid 19, provided free weekly acupuncture treatment to immigrants, refugees and neighbors in need.

Her book, The Tao Trauma: A Practitioner’s Guide for Integrating Five Element Theory and Trauma Treatment is the foundation for both her in-person and virtual classes and is available in print, audio and kindle wherever you buy books on line.

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