Depression

TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

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A House Divided…

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” –Abraham Lincoln
Pain killer…Check. Anti-inflammatory…Check. Anti-anxiety…Check. Antidepressant…Check.
And that’s just breakfast!

For many, starting the day by downing a handful of pills has become the norm, a natural accompaniment to their eggs and toast. You take pills because you are taught to, and that’s what most people are accustomed to. Because somehow the drugs are supposed to wipe the slate clean and zero out your not so healthy lifestyle choices. Inherently you know that the drugs are not the best thing for you, but you figure that you can settle for good enough if the pills can help you just get by. There is a reason that every drug or pill that you are prescribed comes with a list of side effects and warnings. Continually putting foreign/toxic substances into your body over the long run often creates more illness than health. continue reading »

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Insomnia & Acupuncture

Do you have trouble getting a good night sleep?

At my clinic in Naples, Florida, Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions, one of the most common complaints I hear from my patients is that they have difficulty sleeping. You hear it all the time. For good health, eat well, exercise and get plenty of rest. What do you do if you are one of the many that cannot sleep or do not feel rested after a night of restless sleep? Many people find themselves reaching for pharmaceuticals or over the counter medications to combat the insomnia they are experiencing. Unfortunately, the use of these medications can lead to unwanted side-effects, dependency on the medication or even addiction. The good news is that chronic insomnia can be treated effectively with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is a side-effect free, non-dependent, natural cure for insomnia. continue reading »

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