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Lenice Balier’s Pain Relief Story

“I was fortunate to hear Edmund Gibson at one of his Seminars. I was so impressed. I booked on for 3 treatments. My health history has been years of depression, aching muscles and a foggy head (never clear). I hadn’t laughed in a very long time.

After the 1st treatment, I was able to get out of bed without the usual struggle.

After the 2nd treatment, the pain (was) gone and more exciting – it was so nice to laugh again.

After the 3rd treatment, I feel “So good”. “Oh, how I wish I had met this wonderful man years ago, why did I need to wait till I was 75 years old.”

Francesca’s Story of Pain Relief

Dr. Ruonan Zhang has been my savior. I had a chronic case of Sciatica and Piriformis syndrome that causes me to experience excruciating and unyielding pain for over a year and a half. During this time, I had two steroid shots within six months of each other, went to massage therapy, physical therapy and continued working with my wonderful chiropractor gaining only temporary and intermittent relief. I then read about acupuncture and decided to give it a try.

UNBELIEVABLE…it worked!!! Dr. Zhang told me I would come for ten sessions. After each session, the degree and location of the pain began to change. I was finding relief…and by session ten, I no longer had piriformis pain. Gone!!! I cannot tell you how and what she did, exactly, but intuitively I knew what she was doing each week was healing. Oh, and she cured my shoulder pain as a bonus! Given that I have a history of chronic back pain, I continue to go every two weeks. I can actually say the relief I feel is something I never thought would be possible.

Dr. Zhang is a pro and a very professional Doctor, a doctor who has healing hands!!!”

KD Washington’s Story On Reducing the Usage of PainKillers

“Dr. Gong, Qinhua, LAc is awesome! I’m a veteran with several issues. Instead of only taking the pain killers, which I have done for several years this is awesome! Working through the VA hurdles to have this treatment done is worth it, for me. I would recommend this place to veterans and families over and over! I cannot say enough about holistic medicine! Rebecca at the front desk is outstanding. She will assist with getting the information to you and works to make sure your insurance is well informed. Some private insurance will cover acupuncture!

Rebecca at the front desk is outstanding, she will assist with getting the information to you and works to make sure your insurance is well informed. ” (April 23, 2019)

Elizabeth – Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

“I suffered from severe hot flashes. To describe them…you could fry an egg on my back. That’s how hot I would feel. I was constantly hot and sweaty, I even had night sweats. I tried everything that on the market that might help; anything I could get my hands on. Nothing worked until I came to the Tao Clinic at Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine for treatment with Dr. Yang. After 12 treatments of acupuncture and herbs, the hot flashes started to go away. And now it’s been a year and it’s like I don’t even have them anymore. Acupuncture and herbal medicine have also helped with the pain in my hands from carpal tunnel syndrome, my bowel movements are more regular, and a mole that was on the center of my back has completely disappeared. Acupuncture makes me feel good. After treatment, the experience leaves me so relaxed, and like there’s light energy around me. I feel like I’m floating when I leave Dr. Yang’s office. I’ve recommended the services at the Tao Institute to a lot of people. I know some people are apprehensive about trying something that seems new and typically unconventional, but I was at the point where I had to try it and the results were outstanding.

Norma Karmali, a fashion designer in New York (in an interview by Harper’s BAZAAR Magazine)

“I had heard about acupuncture face-lift and now I came to Dr. Jingduan Yang every week. People see the difference in my neck and my face and I think it’s the total results of Dr. Yang on all of my organs and circulation. It all comes together to create a better result.”

Patient with Depression

Contributed by By Ellen Wang at Yang Institute Of Integrative Medicine

John, age 76, is a retired police officer. John has suffered from depression for over 10 years. Having worked his entire life as a homicide detective and having witnessed many horrific sex crimes is what most likely contributed to his condition. Three and a half years ago, John lost his eldest son which set him deeper into depression. John also had a lot of anger towards two of his other adult children. He was often feeling anxious, “out of body” and had a few panic attacks a week.

Over the last few years, he was prescribed a number of psychiatric medications by his primary care physician, including Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and Prozac, However, in his case, none of these worked well or only worked for a short time. Some of the medications had severe side effects, such as sexual dysfunction. John also sought psychotherapy, which only helped to some extent.

John learned of Dr. Yang and his innovative non-drug approach to treating depression through his wife, who happened to be an acupuncture patient at the clinic. Dr. Yang determined that John was a candidate for TMS and immediately prescribed 36 sessions of it.

Halfway through the course of the treatment of TMS, we discovered that John had a wry sense of humor. His wife reported that John was much calmer and in a better mood. He was better able to handle the family stress. By the completion of his 30 sessions of TMS, John was in complete remission. His depression scale (PHQ-9) came down to 1 from 9 and Anxiety Scale (GAP-7) came down to 3 from 9. He resumed his schedule of 3 days a week of golf and is fully enjoying his retirement life.

Can Acupuncture Provide a Solution to the Opioid Epidemic? 

Can Acupuncture Provide a Solution to the Opioid Epidemic

In recent years, the opioid epidemic in America has reached critical levels. Just last October, the president declared it a public health emergency. According to CNN, the number of deaths attributed to opioid overdose has quadrupled since 1999. Although the use of illegal drugs like heroin comprises part of the epidemic, most of the deaths involve prescription painkillers.

Awareness of the risk presented by prescription opioids has led insurance companies, physicians, and patients alike to search for an alternative. One option, acupuncture treatment, provides empirically-proven relief to chronic pain, without the potential for addiction or other negative side effects.

How Acupuncture Works

Dr. Jingduan Yang, founder and medical director of the Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine, writes extensively about the benefits of acupuncture in his book, Facing East: It is believed that, based on a Chinese medicine assessment and diagnosis, the stimulation of certain trigger points on the body by acupuncture needles prompts the body to release select hormones and chemicals that can reduce pain, regulate the endocrine system, minimize inflammation, and calm the nervous system. (178)

Acupuncture alleviates pain, nausea, and a variety of other health conditions without the use of drugs. Besides treating chronic pain and other physical conditions, acupuncture can also treat depression and anxiety.

The Evidence

Large-scale studies funded by health insurance companies show that acupuncture can supplement – and, in some cases, replace – the use of prescription painkillers. These private companies have an inherent interest in curbing the opioid epidemic, which has cost them millions in rehabilitation expenses. Governmental institutions are also pursuing acupuncture research. For example, the state of Vermont conducted a $150,000 study into the viability of acupuncture treatment. After the twelve-week experimental period, 91% of respondents reported significant physical, functional/behavioral, and psycho-emotional improvements. Over half reported that they were able to rely less on their prescription painkillers. This study serves as just one example of the growing body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of such treatment.

The Acupuncture Renaissance

Both public and private institutions have and continue to advocate for the adoption of acupuncture treatment. Organizations like the FDA, the National Association of Attorney Generals, and the World Health Organization have all either supported further research into this therapy or recommended it as a potential solution to the opioid epidemic.

Further, major private health insurance companies like Aetna and Cigna are even beginning to cover the costs of acupuncture treatment. Finally, celebrities like Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, and Jennifer Aniston have publicly championed the benefits of acupuncture. “The integration of Eastern medicine has revolutionized how the West approaches health and wellness,” says Dr. Yang. “The solutions to addiction and chronic pain may lie in methods that combine knowledge from both hemispheres.” To learn more about the Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine and the treatments we offer, visit us at http://www.yanginstitute.com/. Alternatively, contact us today.

Infrared Sauna Therapy

Infrared Sauna Therapy

Sweating is good for you. Seriously, sweating is one of the body’s safest and most natural ways to heal and maintain good health. Our state-of-art Full Spectrum (near, mid, and far) Infrared Sauna helps promote a deep, healthy and natural detoxifying sweat.

Detoxification is important because it strengthens the body’s immune system and helps the body’s biochemical processes function efficiently so that we are better able to digest the nutrients in our foods. Detoxification has also been shown to be helpful with colitis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, auto-immune disease, immune deficiency states, autism, ADD and ADHD. -Dr. Rachel West

Infrared Sauna Detoxification

As the world moves toward more natural and self-directed treatments, sauna detoxification is getting more and more attention.

Why? Well, the leading principle of sauna detoxification states that the build-up of toxic substances can lead to a host of common illnesses. Ridding the body of these toxins through a natural sauna detox may help relieve symptoms, prevent future illness and increase overall health and vitality.

The United States Center for Disease Control estimates that the root causes of more than 80% of all illnesses are found in personal environments or lifestyles. In other words, the world around you can make you sick. It’s in the air we breathe, and in the food we eat. There’s very little we can do to reduce exposure. We can, however, use sauna detox as a treatment.

Why Infrared Sauna 

Far infrared saunas are believed to be more effective in moving toxins through the skin than traditional saunas because in a far infrared sauna only 80 to 85% of the sweat is water with the non-water portion being cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals, sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia, and uric acid.

One of the best ways to eliminate these stored toxins and chemicals is through sweating. Along with detoxification, other health benefits you will experience with regular infrared sauna use include increased circulation, skin rejuvenation, pain relief, weight loss, lowered blood pressure, and much more.

 

Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

Depression, Anxiety and PTSD

Blog: Understanding Depression: The 5 Biotypes
By Jingduan Yang, MD

Depression, a common mental disorder, accounts for most cases of disability in the world. It negatively impacts almost every aspect of a person’s life, reducing their ability to function and inducing feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, and fatigue. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression around the globe.

The medical community has made many strides toward reducing the stigma of mental illness and improving access to treatment and therapy. However, our understanding of depression and its biological causes continues to evolve.

The Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine firmly believes in the value of time-honored, empirically-tested medical techniques from around the world. On top of that, we also believe that medical professionals should take all aspects of a person’s life into consideration when diagnosing and treating them. William Walsh, Ph.D., serves as an example of this approach.

In his study of over 30,000 patients, Dr. Walsh has defined five different depression biotypes. These all represent different forms of chemical imbalances in the body that may disrupt the production of neurotransmitters or hormones that regulate mood and energy levels. Because these biotypes represent different biological underpinnings for depressive symptoms, each may respond better to different treatments or medications.

Undermethylation

Depressed individuals with this biotype tend to exhibit low levels of serotonin, a type of neurotransmitter. They may demonstrate high levels of accomplishment, but also tend to have addictive tendencies. Although they can appear outwardly calm, they frequently carry a tremendous amount of tension. Over 38% of depression diagnosis may fall under this biotype.

High-Copper

Women comprise over 95% of depressed individuals with thin biotype. High copper levels may lead to anxiety, postpartum depression, and sensitive skin. In this instance, depression may be attributed to elevated norepinephrine levels and low dopamine.

Folate Deficiency

Depressed patients with low folate levels demonstrate unusually low energy and libido incongruent with their high anxiety. Incidentally, they tend to display a high number of food and chemical sensitivities.

Toxic Metal

Those with toxic metal depression typically report a periodic metallic taste in their mouth. They also exhibit irritability and often mention abdominal pain. Patients with this form of depression show the impaired function of NMDA, receptors critical to memory function and synaptic plasticity.

Pyrrole

In this biotype, people tend to experience severe mood swings, sensitivity to noise and light, and high oxidative stress. Dr. Walsh’s study indicates that individuals with this biotype have a deficiency of zinc and B-6.

To read about these biotypes in more detail, visit the website of the Walsh Research Institute at https://www.walshinstitute.org/.

“At its core, integrative medicine assesses and cares about a person at the structural, biochemical, energetic, and soul levels, utilizing the best tools we have to meet a person’s needs fully,” writes Dr. Jingduan Yang in his book, Facing East. Dr. Yang founded the Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine around the same principles that Dr. Walsh kept in mind when defining the five biotypes of depression; namely, that every part of a person’s life contributes to their overall health and well-being. The Yang Institute for Integrative Medicine provides a number of treatments designed to address depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and a great many other physical and mental issues. To learn more, get in touch today.

 

 

 

 

Addressing Depression and Anxiety in the Modern Workplace

Addressing Depression and Anxiety in the Modern Workplace

By Jingduan Yang, MD

October 10, 2017 – As we approach October 10th, celebrated worldwide as World Mental Health Day, Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine would like to address the state of mental health in the modern workplace, which is the theme for this year’s observance. Because we spend such an enormous amount of our lives working, it is only inevitable that our mental illnesses stem from, or are exacerbated by, our jobs.

A Global Phenomenon

Globally speaking, disorders like depression and anxiety are not unique to South Jersey, Main Line, or even the United States. One of the leading causes of disability worldwide, depression affects the physical, mental, and spiritual health of more than 300 million people. Behind depression is often the spectrum disorder that is anxiety, affecting more than 260 million (and likely more, as it goes undiagnosed). It is estimated that depression and anxiety cost the global economy at least $1 trillion in US dollars each year. Moreover, it is not uncommon for patients to suffer both conditions, side by side. Workplaces that raise awareness of this phenomenon are likely to see increases in productivity and worker morale. Work environments that do not directly address the health and happiness of their employees experience greater absenteeism, along with declines in productivity. (To be continued)

Risks Within the Workplace

Given the hours spent in the workplace, almost any full-time employee is susceptible to the effects of anxiety and depression. A majority of the risks to a worker’s mental health stem from their interactions with other coworkers. In many cases, a worker may possess the skill to complete a task, but lack the resources and organizational support and awareness to do so effectively. More overt examples include strained communication, limited participation in decision- making, inflexible work schedules, and insufficient or inadequate HR and health policies.

Treating Depression and Anxiety

With greater awareness of the state of the workplace, patients begin to recognize sources of anxiety and depression in their own lives. At the Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine, we do not underestimate the effect that the workplace has on our patients. Our philosophy is that everyone is vulnerable to environmental stresses, toxicities, and unhealthy lifestyles. In our approach to medicine, we see each patient as a microcosm—requiring treatments uniquely suited to them. Whether patients hail from Main Line or South Jersey, we treat mental disorders like ADHD, anxiety, and depression by blending acupuncture, psychotherapy, medication management, as well as offering neuro-therapies including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and neurofeedback. To learn more about our holistic approach to treatment, give us a call today.