“Everyone lives differently and everyone dies differently.”
Our guest today is no stranger to death as she has worked with people from the ICU to the hospice bed.
In this show we meander through how the profoundly quieting effect of acupuncture can help those who are transitioning out of this world.
This show will not only be of interest to those who may be considering acupuncture for a family member at the end of life, but also for acupuncturists who want to learn how they can better be of assistance to those at the end of life.
Podcast: Play in new window | Download
3:27 How acupuncture helps in hospice.
6:58 Acupuncture settles the emotions.
14:27 Some of the key things that acupuncturists can cultivate in themselves to work with the dying.
17:13 Really examine your ideas about dying.
20:29 It’s the nurses that really know the hospice patients.
23:06 Don’t just treat the “patient,” treat the family members too.
27:07 Have you been able to say, “it’s ok to go”?
31:22 What we have to unlearn to be present with dying.
36:55 Family members perception about the experience of acupuncture for their loved one.
43:26 Signs of active dying.
50:42 Recommended reading, Gone From My Sight.
52:13 Training for acupuncturists who want to do hospice care.
56:48 Address the fear of death with acupuncture.
58:22 Acupressure for those attending to the dying.
Torii is a nationally certified and state licensed acupuncturist with 16 years of experience. In 1999, while completing her Master’s program in Traditional Chinese Medicine, she received the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship. She has additional certifications as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) and as a Certified Provider of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture (CPHPCA) She is currently the Director of the newly founded, National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncturists (NAHPCA).
Torii is familiar with both Eastern and Western medical approaches to wellness. She received her B.A. in Psychology and worked in the mental health field as a teacher, counselor and nurse. As a registered nurse, her experience includes work in acute detoxification, emergency departments, and as a hospice and palliative care nurse case manager. Torii has 32 years combined years of experience in massage, as a therapist and a teacher. She is nationally known as a Reiki Master/Teacher of 26 years. She teaches and is available for acupuncture and health-related workshops and courses, including a two NCCAOM approved hospice acupuncture courses.
As a practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Torii knows that in order for the body to regain optimal wellness, it must be in balance. She creates individualized treatments for her patients by combining nutrition, massage, herbal remedies, and energy balancing techniques. As a hospice acupuncturist, her goal is to help people move through their physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges to gain a peaceful perspective at the end of life.
National Association of Hospice & Palliative Care Acupuncturists
Flowing Qi Acupuncture | Comfort, Care & Education
Hold Me Gently | Hands-on Relief from Grief
Torii Black’s Website
National Association of Hospice and Palliative Care Acupuncture, and
Greenway Business Suites
710-A Greenway Road, #212
Boone, NC 28607
Phone: (303) 550-2543
Resource and Links:
Book: Gone From My Sight