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“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.”
“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!!!”
“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)
“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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neurofeedback and ADHD
By George Yang at Yang Institute of Integrative Medicine
The therapeutic application of neurofeedback for ADHD has been implemented since the 1970s. Research has shown that neurofeedback can be a potentially effective therapy for ADHD, and the results were promising. Several different neurofeedback protocols have been observed.
High theta/beta ratio(>3) has been considered to be strongly associated with ADHD. Theta/beta ratio (TBR) neurofeedback strives to decrease theta and/or increase beta power in central and frontal locations, regions that are associated with executive functions and attention. A 2012 study compared 3 groups of ADHD children, one group took methylphenidate, a stimulant and the current first-line medication for ADHD, the second had TBR neurofeedback, and the third group had a mix of both. The study found all 3 groups showed similar improvement of attention and hyperactivity, meaning that neurofeedback can be as effective as methylphenidate.
Sensorimotor rhythm(SMR) training is another protocol used for ADHD. In 1976 Lubar described that children with ADHD symptoms shown improvement after SMR neurofeedback over the sensorimotor strip (predominantly in the central right-hemispheric region) . Lubar’s seminal studies also revealed that the beneficial hyperactivity-reducing effects of a combined SMR/theta neurofeedback training were maintained after psychostimulants were withdrawn in hyperactive children.
Further research is warranted for the effectiveness of neurofeedback protocols. Based on some past research, neurofeedback therapy is potentially effective management for ADHD, and with hope, it can serve as an alternative method for treating ADHD in the future. Many other neurofeedback protocols may be effective as well. Currently, there is no standard protocol for ADHD, and each individual is evaluated on a case-by-case basis and receive therapy accordingly. Quantitative electroencephalography(QEEG) is a brain evaluation method that shows brain activity across different frequency bands and can be used as guidance to develop treatment protocols.