Mental disorders are common problems such as stress, anxiety, depression and over thinking. They are often accompanied with the pain, insomnia, addiction, gastrointestinal disorders, sexual dysfunction, weight problems, fatigue, cancer, and many other diseases. They often affect the patient’s quality of life and health. Many patients even lose of the ability to learn or work. It also would affect the members of patient’s family.
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine have a history that’s more than two thousand years old in China. According to traditional Chinese medicine, mental disorders due to emotional changes cause imbalance of the body. It is result due to not relationship between in physical and mental of human body. It’s called Shen disorders. Traditional Chinese medicine has accumulated a rich experience of treating mental disorders. Since 1970’s in China, many research projects of traditional Chinese medicine have been treating mental disorders, especially with electro-acupuncture for treatment of depression. Electro-acupuncture compares to Western medicine for treating depression. The results show that electro-acupuncture improved the condition of depression in patients. However, the patients didn’t have any side affects from electro-acupuncture. Follow up with the patients they concluded that they had no adverse side affects such as addictions, fatigues, poor sleeping or over sleeping, poor memories and emotional changes.
Dr. Yang has developed protocols using acupuncture/electro-acupuncture for mental disorders more than twenty years of clinical experience and research. They are called Dr. Yang Shen treatment by students in schools of oriental medicine. These protocols improve patient’s mental problems in China, and it has the same results as patients of mental problems in U.S. It is also given to some patients who can’t accept other therapies. Following patient’s progress, most patients’s improvement of emotion and their accompanying symptoms improved. For example: pain, addiction, sexual dysfunction, gastrointestinal disorders and weight problems improved as well.
Follow up with patient’s shows they have not experienced side affects such as addiction to acupuncture after stopping acupuncture treatments. Generally, most of the patients can sleep for a few minutes during treating periods in the clinic. After the first acupuncture session patients found relaxation; after 3-4 acupuncture sessions patients found the stress and anxiety decreased, then after 5-6 acupuncture sessions the depression and insomnia improved. Some of patients for long chronic problems will get good result after finish of treatment one or more years.
We have a patient with severe mental disorders about 30 years that get great result by treatment of 91 times in two and half years. Other a patient has stress and lower abdominal burning pain for ten years that got all improvement after one year when finish the plan of treatment.
Shen treatment protocols for mental disorders are using acupuncture/ electro-acupuncture combined with Tai Chi (Chinese style exercise). Sometimes Chinese herbals may be used along with acupuncture to provide the best relief depending upon the problem.
Shen treatment protocols for mental disorders depend upon the condition of the problems:
For general mental disorders, treatment consists of about 2 sessions in the first and second week, once a week from the 3rd to the 6th week, twice per month from the 7th week and once per month from the 11th week for about 2-3 months.
For severe mental disorders, treatment regimens are three sessions in a row once a day for the first week; two sessions from the 2nd to the 4th week; then once a week from the 5th to the 10th week; two sessions per month from the 11th week and continue for 2-3 months, and once a month thereafter.
Tai Chi training for patients after treatment will help to keep the patients situation stable.