Bringing unconscious stress responses into awareness
Guided awareness enables processing and development of a more balanced and integrated state.
OverviewBy monitoring the pulse response to various indicators, stressors that the body struggles to adapt to are brought into conscious awareness.
BenefitsWhen the unconscious is brought into awareness, physiological stress is defused, and healing can take place.
Stress is expressed via changes in the cardiovascular system, most notably the pulse.
With the process of Etiotherapy, the Vascular Autonomic System (VAS), via the pulse, is monitored in order to gauge the body’s response to various potential stressors.
Changes in the pulse can be utilized to identify unconscious incoherence between stressors and response.
Via a synthesis of auricular medicine, neurophysiology, and physics, Etiotherapy can be utilized to create a map and timeline of stressors that continue to affect your physical, emotional, and biological health.
An Integrative Approach to Etiotherapy
At Integrative, Etiotherapy treatment protocols vary with each patient based on their individual needs and the severity of symptoms. Sessions are typically 40-90 minutes long, although shorter sessions may be integrated into Naturopathic visits. Generally, we recommend at least a month between sessions.
Optimal nutrition, supplementation, stress management, and adequate sleep are all factors that influence healing. Many patients benefit from working on these factors with their doctor, alongside Etiotherapy, to optimize their response.
If working with a doctor, they may include testing methods to evaluate how best to support you alongside Etiotherapy treatments. These testing methods may include:
Applications of Etiotherapy
Stressful events and experiences can lead to emotional incoherence that compromises our wellbeing. Etiotherapy brings this incoherence to the conscious, enabling assessment and integration. This process can clear the way for physiological healing via the alleviation of stress. You may benefit from Etiotherapy if you are experiencing:
- Depression, anxiety
- Hyperreactive emotional responses
- Chronic pain
- Health concerns that have plateaued or have not responded to various forms of treatment
- Chronic health concerns with notable periods of a ‘flare-up’ of symptoms
How it Works
How does Etiotherapy work?
Overview of Etiotherapy
During an Etiotherapy session, the radial pulse is monitored in response to various techniques of auricular medicine. This process enables identification of specific information stored within the body. This information can then be brought into our awareness, enabling processing, release, and integration of a new response.
Target Area of the Body
The process of Etiotherapy utilizes the radial pulse, as well as various points on the ears.
Health Benefits of Etiotherapy
Releasing stress and maladaptive patterns of belief can influence the health of the entire mind-body.
What does your first visit look like?
Your first visit is the opportunity for you to share your health goals, and for your doctor to gather vital health information that will help them to determine whether you are a candidate for Etiotherapy.
Complete Medical and Lifestyle History
Your doctor will take a complete history, gathering details regarding your current and past health concerns, lifestyle, as well as current supplements and medications.
If needed, your doctor will recommend tests, either at Integrative or with your medical doctor. They may also requisition results from tests you’ve completed in the past.
Within your first visit, your doctor may also perform a physical exam. This may include basic vitals, Applied Kinesiology, or inspection and palpation of specific areas of concern.
Review of Treatment
If your doctor believes you are a good candidate for Etiotherapy, they will prepare you for your first treatment, reviewing set-up, what to expect, and possible side effects and benefits of Etiotherapy. The treatment itself will occur within the second visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What does Etiotherapy treat?
You may benefit from Etiotherapy if you are experiencing depression, anxiety, insomnia, hyperreactive emotional responses, PTSD, chronic pain, health concerns that have plateaued or have not responded to various forms of treatment, or chronic health concerns with notable periods of a ‘flare-up’ of symptoms.
Am I candidate for Etiotherapy?
Only a practitioner trained in etiotherapy can determine whether or not you are a good candidate. Within your visit, the Doctor will determine if you are a good candidate and, if applicable, will recommend how to incorporate it into your treatment plan.
How much does Etiotherapy cost?
Etiotherapy is typically incorporated into a Naturopathic visit; the cost will depend on the length of the visit.
How many Etiotherapy treatments are typically required?
The response to treatment varies, depending on the overall health of the patient, severity and chronicity of health concerns. Once you begin treatment, your Doctor will be able to monitor how you respond and provide a better estimate of how many treatments may be required.
What are the side effects of Etiotherapy?
Etiotherapy can bring unconscious stress responses into awareness. This can bring emotions to the surface, leading to emotional and/or physical shifts. Your Doctor will do a full review of potential side effects prior to your treatment.
Do I need to see a Naturopathic Doctor in order to receive Etiotherapy?
Yes, currently only Dr Eric Posen, ND, provides Etiotherapy.
Is Etiotherapy covered by MSP or Extended Health Plans?
Since Etiotherapy occurs during a visit with your Naturopathic Doctor, your visit will be billed as a Naturopathic visit. If you qualify for Premium Assistance through MSP, you may qualify for a small percentage of your visit cost to be covered by MSP. Most Extended Health plans do have coverage that can be applied to naturopathic visits; however, most plans have a limit to their coverage per year. We recommend contacting your insurance provider directly prior to your visit to determine your coverage.