Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression in De Yi Tang Clinic
Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression in De Yi Tang Clinic
Dr Ming Li is good at treating various emotional diseases
and adjusting the whole body condition
[New York News] Recently, more and more patients with anxiety, depression or insomnia have come to De Yi Tang clinic for medical treatment. After communicating with Dr Decheng Chen from De Yi Tang clinic, we learned that although the epidemic situation is improving and our lives are gradually becoming more and more normal, but many people are suffering from psychological trauma caused by the epidemic, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, dizziness and even headache. Dr Ming Li from De Yi Tang uses the method of ” simultaneous treatment of body and spirit” to help people getting rid of the psychological state of anxiety and depression.
Although the number of infections has dropped to a very low level in New York State, the mental stress, anxiety, depression and other negative emotional shocks brought by the COVID-19 continues to bother people and affect mental health until the end of the epidemic, which leads to post-traumatic stress disorder, especially for women. According to a large-scale survey of patients with COVID-19 in the United States, nearly one-fifth of those who were tested positive for COVID-19 were diagnosed with a mental illness within three months of their diagnosis. Compared with patients with other diseases, COVID-19 rehabilitation patients are more prone to anxiety, depression and insomnia. According to a remind from CDC, stress during the pandemic may cause: fear, anger, sadness, worry, depression, changes in appetite, energy, and interest; difficult in concentrating, difficult in falling asleep; physical problems such as headaches stomach pains, worsening of mental health problems, increase the use of tobacco and alcohol.
Anxiety and depression are the most common neurotic diseases. The clinical symptoms include prolonged and continuous anxiety, worry, depression, fear and panic, which can also be accompanied by dizziness, headache, muscle aches, etc. Physical symptoms have a great impact on the life and mental health of patients.
Anxiety and depression are very common in anxiety disorders, depression, neurasthenia in Western medicine. The cause of these diseases is not yet clear and there are many different opinions. There is a saying that abnormalities of central neurotransmitters, endocrine imbalances, genetics, and psychosocial factors may lead to anxiety and depression. At the same time, women, especially menopausal women, whose hormone levels are unstable and ovarian function decline, can also aggravate emotions such as fear, anxiety and depression. For the treatments, western medicine usually suggests taking oral western medicines (such as benzodiazepines, serotonin reuptake inhibitors), psychotherapy, etc. Although the symptoms can be relieved temporarily, western medicines can cause dizziness, nausea, fatigue, etc. There are obvious side effects and the long-term medication lead to strong dependence and drug resistance, which means it is easy to relapse after stopping the drug.
Traditional Chinese medicine has a more comprehensive understanding of these types of emotional diseases. Anxiety and depression are classified as “Yu Bing”. The main clinical manifestations are depression, emotionally restless, full of tightness and pain in the chest, irritability and crying. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the pathogenesis of “Yu Bing” is the Qi stagnation, which can cause dysfunction of the organs by hurting the heart, liver, and kidneys due to extreme emotions such as happiness, anger, worry, sadness, fear, and shock, etc. In addition, depression occurs when the organs are deficient. In Traditional Chinese medicine, depression is divided into liver-qi stagnation, liver fire, phlegm-Qi obstruction, heart and spleen deficiency, heart and kidney yin deficiency, etc. The treatment should focus on soothing liver Qi, reducing liver fire, nourishing heart and spleen, and regulating Qi .
De Yi Tang is a long-established Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture clinic in New York. Established in 2004, De Yi Tang contains two clinics in Manhattan and Long Island, New York. De Yi Tang is unique in treating anxiety and depression. Not only does Dr Decheng Chen have valuable treatment experience, but also with Dr Ming Li’s manual therapy, which can achieve comprehensive and satisfactory results.
Dr Ming Li is a licensed acupuncturist in New York State and he also holds a Chinese physician license. He graduated from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine with a master’s degree and passed the standardized training of residents in Beijing. He has studied Chinese medicine for nearly 10 years. During his master’s period, he participated in many research projects, including Acupuncture treatment of post-stroke anxiety disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, dyspepsia, etc. Under the instruction of Dr Decheng Chen in New York, he is good at using motion acupuncture to treat pain caused by various soft tissue injuries, skin diseases and infertility. At the same time, he is good at treating various diseases by regulating “Qi”, such as anxiety, insomnia and other mental emotion diseases. Dr Li has treated diplomatic envoys from the United States, the Czech Republic and other countries, and he was widely praised.
A 42-year-old female patient who has suffered from depression for 5 years has been going to a psychologist and receiving western medicine treatment. She started from taking only one anti-anxiety drug and her symptoms such as insomnia, irritability, and anxiety can still be controlled. However, her medicine didn’t work anymore after half a year and her doctor added another medicine. These two medicines were used together for about a year and the symptoms repeated and worsened again. So the doctor added another medicine to her, which is a stronger sedative medication. She took three different anti-anxiety medicines every day and continued to show symptoms of stomach pain. Her body was weak and she lost 28 pounds in six months. When she came to De Yi Tang clinic, she had symptoms such as dizziness and vertigo. After careful diagnosis and treatment by Dr Decheng Chen and Dr Ming Li, her gastrointestinal symptoms were significantly improved. Her appetite increased and her energy was back. Her sleep was also significantly improved. After 3 months of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment, the amount of anti-anxiety drugs originally was gradually reduced and finally stopped. At present, her symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia have basically disappeared and she has returned to the previous normal state.
According to Dr Decheng Chen, anxiety and depression are closely related to the abnormalities of the body’s tissue structure and organ’s function. Adjusting the system conditioning requires the unity of “Body”, “Qi” and “Spirit”, which is the advantage of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment. Through acupuncture and manual therapy, the meridian Qi is stimulated to restore the function of the organs. Then the Traditional Chinese Medicine helps to achieve the balance of internal organs, which would completely solve the mental disorders.
Dr Ming Li from De Yi Tang believes that the treatment of anxiety and depression requires a comprehensive adjustment, including internal and external. In addition to regulating the organs with traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and moxibustion can adjust the meridians, combined with special manual techniques to relax the corresponding muscles and myofascial membranes. If someone have taken anti-anxiety and depression medicine, he/she can gradually and reasonably adjust the amount of western medicine while taking with Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to different personal circumstances, we can finally achieve a smooth transition and return to normal.
In addition to treating soft tissue injuries, De Yi Tang also treats various pain, insomnia, anxiety, infertility and assists in IVF treatment, especially for those who failed IVF before. The success rate of acupuncture and Chinese medicine assisted IVF is 72%. Besides, De Yi Tang is also good at treating gastrointestinal diseases, cough and asthma, eczema and acne, prostate diseases, etc. The clinic accepts partial medical insurance.