The EmBODYment of Self- Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders due to Sexual Abuse and Trauma Vardi Benesh-Raviv

The EmBODYment of Self- Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders due to Sexual Abuse and Trauma

Speaker: Vardi Benesh-Raviv Lic.Ac

When: ICCM Congress 10, Wednesday, March 22, 2017. 15:30 - 19:30

Language: English, Presentation is In English

Field: Acupuncture - Herbal - Classics / Philosophy

This Lecture is suitable for advanced  practitioners

Abstract: During the past 30 years the approach towards different Eating Disorders started to change. it has finally been acknowledged that eating disorders are not “just” biological or “stand alone”  disorders but stem and the consequence of a wide variety of  complex traumas

In this upcoming workshop I would like to discuss the connection between sexual abuse (rape, incest, sexual assault, etc.) and Eating Disorders I encounter in my clinic. It is clear that those different pathological eating habits are a direct result of those sexual traumas (not only sexual of course) and represent a “revolt” against the body - a separation, a secret wish to conceal, evade and disappear the body by starving it, covering it with layers of fat or vomiting as a sign of deep distress of the soul.

I will shed light on the mechanism of trauma and especially sexual trauma in the Classical Chinese Medicine perspective and draw a line to the inner dissonance resonating as a result, causing alienation and self destructive eating habits.

The discussion of the  treatment will focus on assisting the patient in consolidating, unifying and embodying their true self, reclaiming control over one's body and destiny with the help of classical acupuncture and herbal treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the pathological dynamics of sexual abuse/trauma in the CCM perspective 
  2. Drawing the line between Eating Disorders and Sexual abuse in terms of organ systems and vital substances disharmonies.
  3. Identifying and understanding the line of treatment in terms of approach, strategy and point/herbs selection


  1. Chinese Medicine and the Betrayal of Intimacy: The Theory and Treatment of Abuse, Incest, Rape and Divorce with Acupuncture and Herbs/Lonny S.Jarrett
  1. Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine/Lonny S. Jarrett
  2. foreign Bodies: Eating disorders & Childhood sexual Abuse/ Anat Gur
  3. The "confusion of tongues" theory of trauma/ Sándor Ferenczi    




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