Oriental medicine draws distinctions between various aspects of mind, body and spirit, but unlike Western culture, it never severed the connections between these aspects of being.

We know both from our experience in clinic and writings of Chinese medicine through the ages that emotional and mental processes can effect physiology and the body can deeply influence the mind. Where Western medicine sees hierarchy and disconnection, we see an entangled system of mutual influence between mind and body.

In this episode we explore working with the aspect of emotions through the influence of the eight extraordinary vessels.

Listen in for an introduction to how you can tap the influence of the eight extras to help your patients navigate psycho-emotive issues.


  • Show Highlights
  • Chinese medicine is helpful because it does not separate the mental and emotional processes from the body.
  •  The extraordinary vessels are helpful as they give access to the jing, which is necessary in the treatment of long term patterns that effect a sense of oneself.
  •  When you are dealing with emotions, you’re dealing with blood.
  •  Intergenerational trauma is stored in jing.
  • The yin wei distributes primal yin, regulates the 7 and 8 years cycles and provides resources in time of crisis, change and challenge. There is also an aspect of discontent with people who have yin wei imbalances.
  • It’s helpful to bring the rubric of constraint or weakness when treating, and selecting channels that either bring resources to deficiency or movement to stagnation.
  • The coupled points are rarely used. It’s more helpful to use a single vessel, and needle the master point and another point on the trajectory of the vessel.
  •  A brief look at the personality of the extraordinary vessels.
  • Intention vs agenda in the treatment of emotion issues
  • You don’t have to “do therapy” with a patient to help them with psycho-emotive issues.

The guest of this show 

Dr. Farrell has been teaching Chinese Medicine and Channel Theory to students for 20 years. She directs her teaching towards the empowerment of students with the hope that they will embody the spiritual aspects of Chinese Medicine and make them their own. She believes that self-cultivation, self-knowledge and critical thinking are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine.

To that end, she teaches dynamic and informative live CEU courses and webinars through ProD Seminars. She has also been on the leadership teams of many spiritual retreats and self-empowerment workshops.
Yvonne has been involved in empowering others to restore balance in their lives since 1986. In 1996, she graduated from Emperor’s College with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine. She has been in private practice since 1997. She received her doctoral degree (DAOM) in 2007. Her first book, Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels was published by Singing Dragon in 2016. Book Two is in the works.

Although she has a general practice, her specialties include the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders or stress induced illness. She enjoys teaching her patients about the importance of a healthy body-mind connection and a lifestyle that reduces the impact of stress.


Links and Resources

Learn more about Yvonne and her work on her clinic website.
Read her book Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels.
Peter Shea was referenced in the podcast, he is the author of Alchemy of the Extraordinary.
Yvonne's course on ProD Seminars offers a deeper dive into the material discussed in this episode.


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