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James Madison

James Madison

Mental or emotional strain, tension, a feeling of apprehension, fear or worry, despondency and guilt often lead to fatigue, digestive and sleep disorders, and pain. Western and traditional Chinese medicine are both beneficial and each has strengths.

Here are some statistics on mental health in the U.S.:

  • Mental health issues affect 1 in 5 adults.
  • Severe depression increased 2.3 percent from 2012-2015.
  • 21.4 percent of those age 13-18 suffer from a severe mental disorder.
  • Mental health issues are the 3rd most common cause of hospitalization in people age 18-44.
  • 90 percent of children who die from suicide have a mental health condition.
  • 18-22 veterans die from suicide each day.

Herbs effectively regulate mood, emotions, alleviate stress and anxiety by enhancing the body’s response to stimuli. Herbs are safe, natural and have few negative side effects. Drugs and herbs are both effective. Drugs are best as short-term treatment while herbs maybe more successful for long-term management. Some general pharmaceutical medications may affect mood as a side effect. These medications should be reviewed for associated symptoms.

In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), a person is examined to determine which meridians and organs are involved in the symptoms. Each organ is associated with an emotion. A thorough evaluation includes pulse and tongue diagnosis.

TCM treats the underlying cause for lasting relief. Negative emotions obstruct communication in the body, leading to disease and pain. As voltage is blocked by an emotional magnetic field, this leads to chronic disease. Positive emotions lead to health and longevity. Acupuncture can be as effective as antidepressants and does not interfere with medications. Traditional Chinese medicine is safe and effective as an alternative to drug therapy. Medication treatment is best in severe cases. Herbs address exhaustion of the nervous system and adrenal glands by nourishing deficiencies. This explains why TCM is so beneficial for chronic conditions. It is also effective helping to prevent chronic illnesses such as diabetes, chronic inflammatory diseases, autoimmune diseases and others.

Exercise, nutrition and lifestyle are important. Exercise works well at keeping symptoms from returning and at improving mood. Nutritional factors support the brain and mood. Fresh, unprocessed food is vital. Sugar and fructose have a negative impact on brain function and mood.

Stress and feelings of depression and anxiety are useful as opportunities to make healthy changes in lifestyle and perspective.

Traditional Chinese medicine is an excellent and safe choice for addressing chronic disease, to prevent disease and improve mood. Improving your health and mood decreases pain. TCM helps a person improve health in a personal way and experience their body as interconnected.

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James Madison, L.Ac. works at Yellowstone Naturopathic Clinic in Billings Montana, a holistic, integrated setting providing acupuncture, herbal medicine and massage services. James passion is to guide each person to find joy and healing within themselves.