#396: Why Trauma Is Your Biology and How We Get Stuck In Old Trauma Patterns with Aimie Apigian

If You Want To Understand the Biology of Your Trauma, You Should:

  1. Work with a practitioner who can help you understand your body’s unique implicit memory
  2. Stop being stuck in your story and remember to stay in the present moment
  3. Create a specific plan that can help you clear your trauma and gain resilience

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Episode Summary

Every single one of us has had something happen to us that has overwhelmed our nervous system and body, causing the body to process this as trauma. Our bodies, behaviors, and emotions often adapt to this trauma to protect ourselves. However, this trauma can have a long-lasting effect subconsciously that is linked to the hormone imbalances and chronic diseases that too many people suffer from. The good news is that by identifying and understanding how your trauma has impacted your biology, you can clear out your trauma and start living life on your terms.

The Biology of Trauma with Dr. Aimie Apigian

Dr. Aimie Apigian, MD MS MPH is the leading medical expert on how life experiences get stored in the body and restore the body to its best state of health through her signature model and methodology, The Biology of Trauma™️. Dr. Aimie brings you The Biology of Trauma™️: a new lens and a methodology that courageously both adds to and bridges trauma work and medicine by reverse-engineering the chronic effects of trauma on the nervous system and body on a cellular level.

Understanding the Body’s Implicit Memory

If you are feeling lost and unable to understand your own reactions, understanding the biology of your trauma can help you have the tools to move forward in your healing journey. Having a strategic and clear method to address your system at where it is at, you can work on your different responses by tracking your nervous system and understanding what your body is going through.

When you learn to be guided by your body, you can be so much more present and accomplish more than you have ever thought possible. Instead of using your mind to stay stuck in the ‘analysis paralysis’, embracing your felt responses can push you forward and help you heal from the inside out.

Addressing Trauma to Heal Your Hormones

When it comes to healing our past trauma, we cannot rely on our logic. It takes a clear and specific plan, an understanding of what your body is dealing with, a strong support system, and the right tools for you and your unique needs.

If you want to understand yourself better, stop feeling so triggered, and develop tools that can help you clear your trauma, understanding the biology of where your trauma originated is the first step. Your hormone imbalances, chronic illness, mental state, and so much more could be impacted by trauma you don’t even know exists.

Are you ready to start living life on your own terms? Share how the role of trauma has impacted your healing journey with me in the comments section below!


“Trauma becomes our biology. So many people, including myself, are taught it’s just how you see things, it’s your thoughts, you just need to reframe your childhood or an event. But actually, once we understand trauma, it is so much deeper than that.” (6:49)

“Every single one of your symptoms is actually related to a trauma response. And that is the way of your body expressing those things when there aren’t any words.” (15:40)

“You don’t need to ‘be somebody’. You by yourself are enough.” (23:42)

“What we have to do, where we have to start, is we have to have a clear path forward. And we have to understand how trauma got into our system, and have the clear path to reverse engineer that.” (37:32)

“Don’t settle. Don’t settle with still struggling with stress. And even if you feel like you get to a place where you are managing it, let’s get to a better place.” (42:46)

In This Episode

  • How trauma is in our biology and where it starts for us (6:31)
  • Learn about the different types of trauma and how it impacts the way we operate in the world (14:12)
  • Why childhood trauma can manifest itself into hormone imbalances and other chronic diseases (21:49)
  • What you can do when you are feeling triggered and improve your health symptoms (34:48)
  • Tips on how to become ‘on top’ of your story rather than ‘in’ your story (42:50)

Resources Mentioned

Free Pass to Biology of Trauma Summit

Trauma Healing Accelerated Website

Register for the 21-Day Journey Here

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Essentially You Episode #390: Overcome Stress and Suffering by Accessing Your Breath with Samantha Skelly

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