Stress, Depression, Anxiety

//Stress, Depression, Anxiety
Stress, Depression, Anxiety 2017-05-17T10:17:35+00:00

Stress Healing Program

Stress is a common symptom we all face from day to day, but unmanaged stress can lead to bigger problems such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia.  And usually antidepressants and anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medication) are prescribed as a solution, but not all benefit from the medications.  Aside from the possible side effects, these medications can alter the biochemistry of the brain and thus extremely difficult to discontinue. Patients who attempt to do so experience neurological symptoms, like tics or tingling sensations throughout the body and disruptions in sleep and digestion.  Our comprehensive Stress Healing Program, which combines the stress relieving benefits of acupuncture and the healing properties of herbs, is designed to promote emotional and physical well-being of the patients and help them to live a healthy and happy life.

Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder that causes constant sadness and hopelessness.  It is important to note that depression-induced sadness and hopelessness are different from naturally occurring day to day stress in its intensity and persistency.

  • Stress inducing major life events like childbirth or a death in the family
  • Illnesses such as, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer
  • Certain medication such as steroids
  • Illegal narcotics and excessive alcohol consumption
  • Slower thinking and speech function
  • Loss of focus, memory, and decisiveness
  • Changes in eating and sleeping habits
  • Apathy toward things once enjoyed
  • Guilt driven thoughts
  • Suicidal tendencies
  • Frequent complaints of physical pain

Insomnia

Insomnia is an inability to obtain an adequate amount of quality sleep.  People with insomnia have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or a combination of both. Therefore, they suffer from constant lethargy and fatigue.

  • Transient insomnia: Lasting from days to weeks, and is caused by changes in the sleep environment, the timing of sleep, severe depression, or stress
  • Acute insomnia: Inability to consistently sleep well for a period of 3 weeks to 6 months
  • Chronic insomnia: Lasting for years at a time and usually caused by another disorder
  • Significant life changes (marriage, divorce, childbirth, death, job loss, etc.)
  • Environmental factors (noise, light, temperature)
  • Emotional or physical discomfort
  • Diseases and disorders such as hypertension or anemia.
  • Certain medications
  • Pain or discomfort at night
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Chronic stress
  • Emotional stresses cause the liver qi stagnation and blaze the liver fire which disturbs the mind
  • Excessive thinking exhausts the heart blood and spleen qi
  • Prolonged illness weakens the constitution and exhausts the kidney yin and fails to nourish the heart yin.
  • Qi deficiency of heart and gall bladder: A constitutional weakness of both the heart and gall bladder may shape one’s personality to be timid, fearful, and indecisive.
  • Sleeping will be light with frequent wakings, accompanied by panic, nightmares, and palpitations.
  • Improper diet causes food stagnation and phlegm heat in the stomach making stomach qi to rebel upwards as the phlegm heat upsets the mind.