Special Vlog #2 Yvonne Farrell – author, acupuncturist extraordinaire, amazing teacher, friend…

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Yvonne Farrell, DAOM, L.Ac. is the author of the amazing book: “Psycho-Emotional Pain and the Eight Extraordinary Vessels” – and she joins us for an interview/chat about acupuncture, acupuncturists, Chinese Medicine, patients’ perspectives, and obviously…her book!

Get Yvonne’s book here.

Yvonne Farrell has been involved in helping others to restore balance in their lives for 24 years. 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 was a member of the faculty at Emperor’s College for 13 years. In addition to her faculty duties at Emperor’s, Yvonne was also a clinical supervisor.

Specializing in the use of the Secondary Vessels in treatment, Yvonne has been teaching channel theory to students for many years. She has developed proficiency with these systems because she feels they are very effective in the treatment of psycho-emotional and psycho-spiritual disorders.

Yvonne 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 are essential in developing capacity as a practitioner of Chinese Medicine. To that end, she has also been on the leadership teams of many spiritual retreats and self-empowerment workshops.

In addition to teaching in the master’s programs of two schools, Dr. Farrell has been teaching CEU courses for several years. Her courses are lively  informative and clinically relevant. She is very passionate about the medicine and that is apparent in her teaching.

Yvonne received her Doctoral Degree (DAOM) from Emperor’s College in 2007. In 2009-2010 Yvonne was the Director of a team that was responsible for getting Yo San University’s first DAOM program up and running.

Although she has a general practice, her specialties include the treatment of psycho-emotional disorders or stress induced illness.


As mentioned in the vlog, I was honoured with the task of writing the book review for the prestigious Journal of Chinese Medicine and you can read the full review by clicking here.

Here is an excerpt of the review:

In this book, Yvonne Farrell, a hugely experienced teacher and practitioner of Chinese medicine, explains and explores the use of the Eight Extraordinary Vessels (8EVs). In the first part of the book, Yvonne lays down a framework for the nature of suffering. She looks at psycho-spiritual or psycho-emotional disharmonies as the root of physical pain and suffering, and explains how the physical discomfort we feel is actually the result of our psyche communicating through our bodies, in order to instigate the need for change.
In summary, this book focuses on how we as Chinese medicine practitioners can help patients embrace the changes needed in order to overcome psycho-emotional pain. The detailed exploration of the nature of human suffering explains how we need to acknowledge this suffering in order to eliminate the resistance to change, which can be an obstacle to the healing process. Yvonne thoroughly explains how to create the appropriate clinical environment that will empower the patient to change: ‘As practitioners we have the knowledge and skill to diagnose and treat illness but we are also responsible for creating a therapeutic environment in which the possibility for change exists. When we do this, we do this from who we are.’ We are instructed on how to listen to the patient and explore their history, and how to seek the imbalance and look for the symptom(s) that are for the patient the most painful expression of that imbalance so we can use the 8EVs to their optimal effectiveness and ’empower the patient to take back their health in whatever way is best for them.

First time author Yvonne Farrell has been studying the Eight Extraordinary Vessels for well over twenty years and wanted to write ‘a book that would make me proud.’ She can be proud.

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