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“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping”- Chinese Proverb

7 Steps to Eliminate Depression Naturally

Suffering from depression can make you feel hopeless, frustrated and like your quality of life will never get better.  Many feel that prescription medications don’t help, and simply mask the problem instead of helping solve it.   

If you are dealing with depression, it is easy to get discouraged about your treatment options. Below are ways that you can naturally reduce your depression and get you back on a road to a healthier mind and body.


It is believed that acupuncture can be just as effective as antidepressants in helping depression. Acupuncture works by focusing on different points of the body to bring the body back to its natural energy flow and balance. Acupuncture points can help stimulate the body’s production of endorphins and aid the release of serotonin and dopamine, which can increase one’s mood.


Taking a daily fish oil supplement and incorporating healthy wild caught fish high in Omega-3s, can do more good than you think.
It is believed that being deficient in omega-3s can cause mood swings and depression. Omega-3s are found in fish like salmon, tuna and herring and are not only good for your overall physical health but your mental health as well.


Meditation has been proven to have many benefits. Not only does it bring the heart rate down, calm the mind and reduce stress, but it can also bring the mind to a healthier place. Two studies have found that those who practice meditation have a lower rate of relapsing than those who take medication alone.

Get outside

Spending time outdoors and in the sun can have great effects on your mood. When one doesn’t get enough sunlight, it can strongly affect how you feel and is one of the main causes of seasonal affective disorder. Try spending even just 15 to 30 minutes outside every day whether it is walking, gardening or just simply sitting outside.


There is nothing better than the natural high you get after a good workout. Exercise, whether it is running, swimming or yoga, releases endorphins that can give you a mood boost. Try spending 30 minutes a day doing some sort of exercise. One study found that patients who worked out regularly saw a decrease in their symptoms of depression by half in 12 weeks. Not only does exercise improve your body physically, but mentally as well.

Avoid alcohol and drugs

People suffering with depression often consume damaging substances like alcohol and drugs to help mask their symptoms. It is recommended that those with depression should not have more than a drink on occasion. Alcohol and drugs affect brain chemistry and can later intensify your mood for the worse.

Take a break

Depression can often worsen when you are feeling stressed and overworked. Try to take some time off to relax. If it isn’t possible to take vacation time, try to fit in at least an hour a day of relaxation time. Whether it’s meditating, reading or closing your eyes for a bit, take some time for deep breaths and a way to shut off from the rest of the world.


About 19million American Adults suffer from depression and most find their current treatment options ineffective along with a slew of unwanted side effects.  Many who are prescribed antidepressants find that the medication only masks the problem, and does not sure it.  However, there are alternative treatments than have been proven effective without any harmful side effects.

Acupuncture: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been proven to be extremely beneficial for those dealing with depression. By targeting different points on the body, acupuncture works to release any blockages in the body’s energy flow and return the body and state of mind back to balance. When the body is in balance, we tend to feel physically, as well as mentally, healthy.

Massage Therapy: Massage therapy is not just beneficial for your body physically, but mentally as well. Massage is a safe technique that has been used for thousands of years that can help calm and relax the mind. By relieving muscle tension and increasing blood flow, the body’s heart rate can lower and promote stress relief. When one is less stressed, depression can be improved. For those suffering with depression, seeing a massage therapist regularly can help increase mood and decrease feelings of sadness and anxiety.

Yoga & Meditation: When practiced regularly, yoga and meditation have a profound effect on decreasing stress and boosting mood. Through deep breathing and poses, these practices help focus and clear the head and lower heart rate, which in turn can decrease stress levels and put thoughts and mood in a better place.

Depression is not something that is easy to deal with, nor is it something you have to go through alone. Know your alternative treatment options and begin the road to better health, for the mind and body.


Acupressure Points

Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.


Liver 3 (LV 3): On the top of the foot, in the depression between where the first and second metatarsal bones meet. DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY. Functions: Used for dizziness, headaches, vertigo, epilepsy, painful and/or blurry eyes, irregular menstruation, depression, uterine bleeding and prolapse, urine retention, genital pain, frequent sighing, and insomnia.  

Large Intestine 4 (LI 4): On the back of the hand between the thumb and first finger. In the fleshy part of the hand. DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY. Functions: Used for common cold with sweating, fever, headache, red, painful eyes, and nasal congestion. Known as “The Master Pain Elimination” point, it can address pain in many parts of the body. Also used for throat constriction, dysentery, and regulates the Wei Qi (Chinese theory of immune system).  

Pericardium 6 (P 6): On the inside of the forearm, in between the tendons, approximately 2.5 finger widths below the wrist crease. Functions: Opens the chest, regulates Heart Qi, calms the Shen (Spirit), harmonizes the Stomach, relieves nausea and vomiting, opens and relaxes chest tightness.

Heart 7 (HT 7): With palm facing up, on the inside of the wrist, on the little finger side of the crease where the hand meets the wrist. Functions: Calms the Shen, pacifies the heart, clears the channels, sedates and regulates the internal organs.



Where do ancient practices fit into modern medicine? From herbs and teas to Tai chi and acupuncture, Dr. Sanjay Gupta explores the balance of modern and traditional. Link



Ask me how Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help restore function. Check out the research below.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI. As a consequence of these injuries: 230,000 people are hospitalized and survive.Jan 22, 2016.  Read more Link


Acupuncture Soothes Fibromyalgia and Helps Sleep.

As a professional woman with this diagnosis, I know first-hand of the benefits of getting regular acupuncture treatments to manage and alleviate the symptoms of Fibromyalgia.

Here is an excerpt from the Mayo Clinic:
In another study published by the Department of Anesthesiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Rochester, Minnesota) researchers conclude,
“We found that acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of fibromyalgia. Symptomatic improvement was not restricted to pain relief and was most significant for fatigue and anxiety.” Read more...Link




Most people living in the West were unaware of Cupping therapy until it gained notoriety during the 2016 Olympics in Rio.  Cupping therapy is a therapeutic modality which is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and has been popular in China since around 1000 B.C.E.   Implements such a wooden or bamboo cups were previously utilized.  Today we use glass or silicone cups.

Cupping therapy, like Acupuncture, has a host of health benefits which often outweigh modern medicine techniques, without the unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery.

There is really no downside to utilizing integrative practices like cupping, since studies show they can help boost immune function, reduce inflammation, alleviate pain and speed up healing time without the use of any medications or even herbs.

Some of the other benefits of cupping therapy are realized in Facial rejuvenation, and in regulating the digestive system.

For more information or to schedule an appointment give us a call:                      Carlsbad or La Jolla:  (760) 859-9454


Back to School - End of Summer

It’s hard to believe that we're already in the final days of August. Summer has flown by and children are headed back to school.

In Chinese medicine Yin and Yang are essentially an expression of the duality of time. Yang is for the day and reaches its peak at midday, then the yin within it gradually unfolds and manifests. Summer is the most Yang time of the seasons.

Children are believed to possess pure Yang energy. Free-spiritedness and robust energy are typical of children and as summer draws to a close and we begin to think about back to school plans, children may become worried or concerned about being in a new school, a new class, or have anxiety about starting school for the first time.

Think about adjusting your schedule to make the transition of the back to school routine a smoother one. For those children starting a new school, try to arrange a visit before school begins and check if the school has a ‘buddy’ system for pairing a newcomer with another student. Transition back to a regular sleep schedule – begin about a week to two weeks prior to the first day of classes to get ready for the school routine.

The key to staying healthy is to get adequate amounts of sleep, regular exercise, take a good quality multi-strain probiotic and to eat healthy balanced meals and snacks. This season is a great time to add healthy snacks and lunches to the brown bag or lunch box. Be sure to include lots of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables.


  • Wash hands frequently
  • Keep hands away from nose, mouth and eyes
  • Pack disposable wipes for quick and easy clean-up
  • Show children how to sneeze or cough into their sleeve instead of into their hands
    Talk to us about how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal prescriptions can help you and your family avoid the cold and Flu as the season changes and the weather gets cooler.

Here We Grow again - New Clinic Schedule
Exciting things are happening at Red Lotus Wellness Center.
To serve you better, we are adding an additional day to our schedule in our Carlsbad Village Clinic, and are now offering appointments on a different day of the week and later hours in the La Jolla Village Clinic, beginning in September.

Carlsbad Village Clinic:
Tuesdays 10am – 7pm
Fridays 9:30am - 4:30pm

La Jolla Village Clinic:
Wednesdays 9:30am – 630PM

So, what if you felt this good - balanced energy to get you through the day without needing caffeine or an energy drink, great health and vitality, feeling well-rested after a good night's sleep, happy?

Acupuncture can help. Ask me how.

Benefits of the Still Point Inducer

Inducing a Still Point may help in:

  • Providing deep relaxation and helping reduce stress
  • Relieving Headaches
  • Easing Chronic MusculoSkeletal Pain
  • Enhancing immune system efficiency 
  • Facilitating your body's self-correcting abilities
  • Promoting an overall sense of well-being
    This Still Point Inducer™ was inspired by Osteopathic Physician John E. Upledger, developer of CranioSacral Therapy. A Still Point is a pause in the craniosacral rhythm and may have many health benefits.

Acupressure Points to help with Asthma

Acupressure Points

Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and well-being.

Lung 7 (LU 7): Roughly 2 inches above the base of the thumb. Functions: Used to treat several disorders of the upper body, including headaches, asthma, neck stiffness, cough and sore throat.

Lung 5 (LU 5): On the thumb side, at the elbow crease, just off the biceps brachii tendon. Functions: Useful for hot skin conditions, upper body edema, local point for tendonitis, relaxes the sinews and frees water passages.

Lung 1 (LU 1): On the chest, below the collar bone, approximately 6 inches from the center of the chest. Functions: Disperses heat from the chest, regulates Lung Qi, helps with coughs, wheezing and asthma.

Lung 9 (LU 9): On the wrist crease, just below your thumb. Functions: Used for coughs with or without phlegm, tightness of chest, shortness of breath, asthma, digestive problems and wrist pain. Also used to strengthen the Lungs and the immune system.

Conception Vessel 17 (CV 17): On the breastbone, in the center of the chest between the nipples. Functions: Used for chest/throat issues, difficulty swallowing and chronic Lung issues.

Conception Vessel 12 (CV 12): On the center line of the body, halfway between the navel and the place where the ribs come together. Functions: Regulates the Stomach Qi and tonifes Spleen deficiency. Affects the face, throat, chest, lungs and digestive systems.

Stomach 36 (ST 36): On the outside of the leg, approximately
one hand width below the kneecap, just off the bone. Functions: Harmonizes the intestines and clears food stagnation, regulates Qi and Blood, eliminates Dampness, transforms Phlegm, enhances immune function, breaks up blood stagnation in the chest.


Helpful Aromatherapy for Asthma Chamomile - Helps to prevent the release of histamine and reduces bronchial spasms.
Frankincense - Supports lung health, encourages deep breathing.

Rose - Supports lung health, encourages deep breathing and reduces bronchial spasms.

Marjoram - Supports lung health, encourages deep breathing and reduces bronchial spasms.

Lavender - Reduces bronchial spasms. Use a lavender steam during an acute attack. Steam helps to open airways and lavender helps to relax spasms and calm the mind to reduce panic. You can also put oils in bath.

Geranium - Reduces bronchial spasms.

Recipe for Asthma Relief Between Attacks

Asthma Health Support Rub

• 30 drops lavender oil
• 20 drops geranium oil
• 10 drops rose oil
• 10 drops marjoram oil
• 3 drops peppermint or ginger oil • 2 ounces vegetable oil

Combine essential oils and vegetable oil in a small glass jar. Rub on your chest throughout the day and night as needed, especially before bedtime. 


Barnes Basal Thyroid Test

Feeling unusually fatigued, all the time? Could it be your thyroid? Use this simple test. Link

Acupuncture Eases Endometriosis Pain

Researchers find that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are effective for the relief of endometriosis pain...Link