Dr. Dao shares how Chinese medicine can help women who are experiencing mental and emotional health issues.
My name is Dr. Daoshing Ni. I am with Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica.
We provide traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture services to a lot of different age segment of population in our local area, as well as nationally and internationally.
Personally, my specialization is in the area of women’s health, fertility treatments as well as sexual health issues. So these are some of my specialties that I address and manage on a daily basis.
Well, Chinese medicine is very useful as a tool and a medicine that can be helpful for a whole array of emotional issues ranging from depressions, anxieties to irritability and just even common menstrual-related or post-menstrual and post-menopausal related emotional issues.
In Chinese medicine we believe that emotions are very integrated into your physical body so allowing the senses that when your body don’t feel well, when your physical body don’t feel well, when your nervous system is not running smoothly, frequently you are going to have emotional issues.
So a lot of time when we look at and address emotional health issues we tend to also look at how our physical body plays a role in the emotional being.
So every time when we prescribe acupuncture treatment or prescribe some herbs for patients, we always look and examine that integration issue.
So we call this an integral medicine. We believe that the emotions are very much part of our physical part of our body, so when we treat it we look at both sides of it.
So when we look at anxiety, for example, there are certain herbs that we would use. There are certain acupuncture techniques we would use.
But also we would guide our patient to look at how they can have a better lifestyle in dealing with anxiety.
We give them tools, give them techniques, give them things that they can do at home, in their work, that can be helpful to really manage their nervousness and their anxiety.
For example depression, which we have lot of mild to moderate depression situation, not every single depression situation needs medications.
So we are trying to teach a very important, we are trying to teach our patients to have a grasp, have a grip on what they can do to manage emotional issues especially relating to depressions, how they can work with their community, their support communities such as their spouse, such as their friends who can help them go through the depressions better.
So there are things that we do to help them. So that is not just taking a medication or doing one technique to help them, but rather look at all ways that they could help in their lifestyle to really help their condition.
About Dr. Dao:
Dr. Dao is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California and is a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology NCCA. Dr. Dao has been active in the TCM profession as well as professional organizations. He was an examiner for the California Acupuncture Committee and also participated in the Chinese Herbology Exam development for NCCA. Dr. Dao is well known and respected for his special interest in reproductive and gynecological conditions. Dr. Dao is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Fertility Society, and American Association of Oriental Medicine.