Mental Disorders

In Western medicine, psychiatric medication is widely used for mental disorders. Antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and stimulants are examples of drugs used to treat many different types of mental disorders. Drugs are commonly used in Western medicine but the side effects and risks associated with the intake of medications are increasing. The most common side effects listed by the FDA include: nausea, weight gain, diarrhea, drowsiness, and sexual dysfunction. Also, the FDA warned about more serious side effects if they are worsened.

For example, thoughts about suicide or dying, attempt to commit suicide, worsening depression or anxiety, feeling very agitated or restless, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, acting aggressively, being angry, or violent, acting on dangerous impulses, etc. However, most patients who have mental disorders mostly worry and fear about drug addiction.

In Eastern medicine, there are almost no side effects when treating mental disorders by performing acupuncture and prescribing herbal decoction on a patient. Especially, prolonged intake of herbal decoction doesn’t cause many side effects or addiction. Unlike Western medicine which focuses on the patients’ main symptoms, we focus on balancing the body and treat it as a whole, so patients can restore their power to be healed naturally. Since meridians are existing and flowing everywhere in our body, we use the balancing method to treat diseases.

Using local or distal points on four limbs can initiate the power of qi to flow to the damaged or unbalanced part of a body and help to regain its original condition. Most of the anxiety and insomnia patients complain about chest oppression and we treat chest oppression in order to treat anxiety and insomnia.

How does it work? We treat that imbalance of the qi in the chest area to restore its normal flow in a meridian of a body. As a body restores its power and gets healthier, other symptoms such as anxiety or insomnia will disappear. We don’t force our body to be healed; we just give our body back its power to heal naturally.

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