TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »


Tips for Treating Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy

Hypermesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy. Copyright: oleg17k / 123RF Stock Photo
Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy. Copyright: oleg17k / 123RF Stock Photo

Hyperemesis gravidarum – persistent nausea and vomiting that can result in severe dehydration, weight loss and electrolyte imbalance as well as extreme fatigue and secondary anxiety/depression during pregnancy, is a serious condition that warrants immediate medical attention. If you are unable to keep any fluids down, it may be necessary for you to get properly hydrated via IV fluids and be treated with appropriate allopathic care before you can begin any additional course of treatment.

If you are someone who is currently suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) or know someone who is, here are some quick tips on how to get this condition further under control:

First, frequent meals to keep blood sugar stable are important, but finding the right meals that you can actually tolerate during this time are also key!

Clear, bland chicken bone broth soup with potatoes and/or rice, ginger and soy sauce at regular intervals as well as plain crackers are better tolerated by the digestive system at this time. Once you are able to keep these foods down, you can try also taking a protein supplement in liquid form or jsut stick to pregger pops which have .  

Second, it is also important to continue staying properly hydrated. Some women tolerate carbonated water better than flat. Sip just a little bit at a time. If you are having difficulty keeping any fluids down, you may prefer to take your fluids in frozen from such as ice cubes or popsicles. You will likely prefer a simple yet slightly tart taste such as pink lemonade. Lemons are also good to help take the edge off of the nausea, so if a wave of nausea hits, try sucking on a wedge.

Third, enlist the help of an acupuncturist who is trained in treating hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) specifically, in addition to other pregnancy related concerns and maternal care. Acupuncture can help ease the symptoms by improving digestive function, as well as calm the mind to make the whole experience more tolerable. Your acupuncturist will know which points will suit your condition best. You can also try wearing seabands or pressing on acupressure points such as PC6 in a circular motion for a few minutes at a time.

One final note: It is essential to get as much family support as possible to get through this condition effectively. If there’s ever a time to take a leave of absence from work, ask for help with meals, other children and/or doing chores around the house, now is the time! Have someone prepare a care schedule and meal plan for you and re-evaluate your needs at the end of each week. Take heart that this phase shall pass and with the right care and attention, you can get this condition under control!


How to Prepare For Seasonal Affective Disorder

When the seasons change you have to be ready for a change in mood, especially as we move from fall into winter. Although it may not seem as drastic of a shift as you think, it matters more to our mental and physical states than you may know. Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect around 10 million Americans a year, and this isn’t even the full number of reported cases. continue reading »


7 Reasons to Seek Out Acupuncture


Do you ever feel your life’s a ride that won’t ever stop? How many nights do you wait for Mr. Sandman to magically appear? How often do you truly take time for yourself? Do you have aches and pains almost daily? Are over-the-counter or prescription medications controlling your life? When was the last time you actually felt at peace? If any of these questions resonate with you, then it might be time to look at Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for an answer. People in Asian countries have known the magnificence of acupuncture for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is growing in popularity in the United States and here are some reasons why you might want to consider utilizing it also. continue reading »