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Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture

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What is Female Hormone Balance?

Female hormone balance means the balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone. When this is in balance, it ensures a normal female reproductive ability. An imbalance between the two hormones may lead to disorders such as

  • irregular menstruation
  • infertility
  • endometriosis
  • menopause syndrome

Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture (FHBA) helps to bring a balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This therapy of harmonizing the two hormones is based on an ancient Traditional Chinese Medicine theory called Yin-Yang.

What is Yin-Yang?

The theory of Yin-Yang can be explained as the balance in the body between the two aspects namely, Yin which is symbolized as water and Yang which is symbolized as fire. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes the Yin and Yang interact with each other and are dependant on one another. In TCM gynecology, estrogen is the yin and progesterone is the yang. The entire menstrual cycle can thus be explained by the Yin-Yang theory as follows.

Relation between Yin-Yang and Menstrual Cycle

Any ups and downs in the body have a direct effect on the Yin-Yang balance. The Yin-Yang cannot function normally when there is an imbalance which can lead to an imbalance in estrogen and progesterone. Eventually, one may suffer from gynecological issues. But, it can be taken care of through acupuncture. By applying specific acupuncture techniques throughout the different phases of the menstrual cycle hormonal balance can be restored. A very common reason for infertility is a luteal phase defect. As a result, you see after ovulation the temperature cannot rise enough or cannot maintain normalcy for at least a good 11 days. Traditional Chinese Medicine explains this condition as a deficiency of Yang. Therefore, points and modalities to strengthen Yang will be applied to promote the growth of the corpus luteum.

How does acupuncture finally help?

Research in recent times has found that acupuncture can affect the female reproductive system in the following ways.

  • The FSH and LH levels are influenced that help regulate the communication between the brain and ovaries, know as the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis. It helps improve the function of the ovaries.
  • It helps adjust the function of the thyroid gland
  • It helps to balance the estrogen and progesterone
  • It helps to promote ovulation
  • It increases the chances of conception as there is an increase in the blood flow to the uterus
  • A better ovulation and conception process can be seen which helps relieve stress levels

Acupuncture for a female hormone imbalance can help to treat conditions like endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, non-ovulation, and luteal defect. FHBA has also been found to be effective to IVF. German scientists reported that for women having IVF acupuncture can increase their success rates by 50%. The pregnancy rate in another group which did not receive acupuncture ended up at 26.3% while the group which received acupuncture saw a pregnancy rate of 42.5%.

Researchers from the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, NY in the United States found out that if women took acupuncture during IVF it could reduce the stress hormones which normally is the hindrance as it interferes with ovulation. Through acupuncture, the hormones normalize and regulate the process of ovulation. As a result, the eggs release and increase the blood flow to the uterus, thus improving the chances of embryo implantation.

A registered acupuncturist in Calgary acupuncture clinic serving Calgary south, Dr. Hong Yan uses 90% acupuncture only and just 10% of herb combinations.

If you are looking out for a natural way to treat female hormone imbalance through traditional Chinese Acupuncture, book an appointment today with us to avail the best of Calgary Acupuncture.

 

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How Acupuncture Relieves Constipation

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Being constipated is an uncomfortable and, sometimes, extremely painful condition that happens to most people at some point in their lifetime. For those who cannot treat their constipation with medications or other common remedies that are harsh on their body, studies are finding that acupuncture is an option.

What Is Constipation?

Constipation happens when it is difficult to move your bowels or when bowel movements happen less often. Regular bowel movements can occur anywhere from three times a day to three times per week.

Common symptoms of constipation include:

  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Problems or straining to go
  • Small or hard stool
  • A feeling that everything didn’t pass
  • Bloating in the belly

Many factors contribute to constipation including changes to your diet, dehydration, fibre insufficiency, and too much dairy intake. Leading a sedentary lifestyle, stress, certain medications, pregnancy, and gastrointestinal disorders can also cause constipation.

Excess Constipation vs. Deficiency Constipation

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are two types of constipation: excess constipation and deficiency constipation.

In excess constipation, defecation is difficult and bowel movements may occur only every three to five days. A blockage forms due to an inadequate formation of feces. Such a situation leads to lack of hydration or poor lubrication of the large intestinal system and fluid unbalance in faecal matter. It is often a result of exterior causes, like food and lifestyle, as well as interior causes, such as heat drying out the intestinal system. Eating hot and spicy food, exposure to excess heat for a long duration, and emotional disorders, such as stress and anxiety, can cause excess constipation. Stress negatively affects digestion and can lead to constipation. Acupuncture flips the switch on the body’s fight-or-flight response, restoring normal body functions.

In deficiency constipation, defecation is easier but stools are smaller. Bowel movements occur every two to three days or more frequently. A general lack of energy leads to the body’s difficulty in evacuating normal stool. When it comes to excretion, stools are normal. However, peristalsis is slow and transit time is longer. Childbirth, major burnout, long illness, and old age are some of the causes of deficiency constipation. Symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling cold
  • Pale nails
  • Dull complexion
  • Mental fatigue

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a key component of TCM that involves inserting very thin needles through the skin at specific points of the body. It can be used to treat pain, hormonal imbalance, infertility, menopause, stress, ADHD, IBS, weight loss, and aid in respiration difficulties, among many other ailments.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qi—or the basic energetic flow of life—can become unbalanced and cause illness. Qi is thought to travel through 20 pathways or meridians in the body, which are accessed by about 400 acupuncture points. Through these acupuncture points, Dr. Yan can rebalance your energy flow and allow your body to spark its natural healing processes.

Like any other medical treatment, acupuncture is a process that takes time, and results vary by patient and illness. The effects of the first few treatments typically last from 48 hours to less than a week; re-stimulating the same acupoints on a regular basis will bring about the best outcome. After about six treatments, patients typically experience total relief of symptoms. This will vary with acute and chronic disorders.

How Can Acupuncture Help with Constipation?

Acupuncturists have long known that constipation could be treated with acupuncture, but a clinical study released in 2016 confirms it. In the study, patients who suffered from chronic constipation experienced significant symptom relief and improved quality of life after receiving regular electroacupuncture treatments compared to patients in the placebo group.

Over the testing period of eight weeks, 31% of patients who received the electroacupuncture treatment were categorized as having regular bowel movements. Additionally, the effects of the treatment lasted four weeks after the treatment ended. About 38% of the patients who received the real treatment reported regular bowel movements.

In electroacupuncture, thin needles are inserted beneath the skin. These needles are attached to a device that sends electric pulses into the body. According to several gastroenterologists, the study suggested that electroacupuncture is a safe and effective option for difficult-to-treat patients. Electroacupuncture is best for refractory patients, or those who are not responding to conventional medical treatments.

A drawback of this kind of treatment is the frequency. The same study recorded that some patients receiving electroacupuncture three-to-five times per week for eight weeks found the procedure burdensome.

This type of treatment can potentially be life changing for patients with chronic constipation who either cannot take or do not respond to typical treatment methods.

Problems with Laxatives

Oftentimes, laxatives can be harsh on the body and overuse can lead to even more constipation. Laxatives can interact with heart medications, antibiotics, and bone medications. They can cause dehydration from diarrhea and are often unsafe to use if you are breastfeeding.

Sometimes, overuse of laxatives can cause the body to become dependent upon them. The intestines can lose muscle and nerve response, which is how the colon contracts to perform a bowel movement. This is very serious and needs to be addressed by a doctor.

Other serious side effects include:

  • Rectal bleeding
  • Severe cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness and confusion
  • Rashes or itching
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Irregular heartbeat

It may be necessary to take a laxative, especially if your doctor prescribed it. Always follow the advice of a medical professional, and let them know of any side effects.

During the clinical study released in 2016, the most common acupuncture-related side effects were found to be hematoma at the site of needling, sleeplessness, and sharp pain. However, these were found to be infrequent in both the groups and were only mild and transitory.

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Backed by scientific evidence, acupuncture is now a widely accepted treatment for constipation, which also leads to improvements in general wellbeing and quality of life.

Dr. Yan has over 25 years of experience treating patients with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine. She specializes in treating patients who suffer from conditions that are difficult to treat. If you suffer from constipation or are interested in acupuncture services, contact Dr. Yan to schedule an acupuncture session today.

Is Acupuncture Effective for Weight Loss?

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Acupuncture is the process of insertion of very fine, sterile needles at specific body points or acupressures called meridians that help regulate the flow of energy in the body. According to Chinese Medicine, this flow of energy in the body is called ‘qi.’ When the ‘qi’ flows naturally the body is balanced and healthy.
The needles stimulate the release of the body’s feel-good hormones, endorphins. When the body is in a calm and happy state, it rids the body of the tendency for excessive eating. Otherwise, excessive eating can lead to increased stress, frustration or anxiety. Acupuncture can hence, help a person to lose weight without having to resort to drugs.
Few ways through which acupuncture helps us lose weight are by effecting and regulating our hormones. It improves health markers like fasting blood glucose, hemoglobin A1C and total cholesterol. It can help people with prediabetes lose weight by reducing their insulin and leptin resistance, which are both appetite-regulating hormones.
Acupuncture helps in promoting healthy digestion. It aids the flow of blood to the stomach. It reduces bloating or gas or irritable bowel syndrome or constipation. It is good overall for all kinds of digestive problems.
Acupuncture can relieve stress by clearing the blockages in our body’s energy passages and regulate the flow of energy throughout the body. To read more on how acupuncture benefits in stress management, click here.
Dedicated acupunctures also help you with controlling your cravings. Craving for food is a major reason for weight gain. Acupuncture is known to alter chemicals associated with these cravings and in turn help in weight loss.
Acupuncture helps you to sleep better. With regular acupuncture, your body becomes happier and calmer. In such a state, one tends to sleep well. A well-slept body is a well-known player in weight loss and maintenance.
Acupuncture boosts our energy levels that support our diet and exercise behaviors which can lead to weight loss.
Be sure to only visit a highly professional and licensed Acupuncture practitioner only like Dr. Hong Yan who promises some of the best Chinese acupuncture therapies like fertility acupuncture, menopause acupuncture, stress acupuncture and pain acupuncture.
Dr. Hong Yan of South Centre Chinese Acupuncture
Dr. Hong Yan holds professional degrees in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from China and has been practicing in the field for over 25 years. She specializes in three distinguished therapies, Comprehensive Acupuncture Pain Management, Female Hormone Balancing Acupuncture and Brain Activating Acupuncture.
Her therapies are focused on particularly treating pain, stress, fatigue, stroke, multiple sclerosis (MS), sinus infection, allergy, headache, migraine, woman’s health, bronchitis, asthma, eczema and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
A registered acupuncturist in Calgary acupuncture clinic serving Calgary south, Dr. Hong Yan uses 90% acupuncture only and just 10% of herb combinations.
If you are looking out for a healthier and natural way of treating health-related problems in Calgary, visit Dr. Hong Yan-Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture today. To book an appointment to the best Calgary south acupuncture, contact us right now!

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Acupuncture Treatment for IBS

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is a debilitating intestinal condition that is not fully understood. It can cause stomach pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation; episodes can be triggered by stress, hormones, or specific foods. Doctors believe the condition is caused by a problem with the signals between the brain and the digestive system, and by overly sensitive nerves in the intestine.

Acupuncture is one treatment that has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of IBS. By targeting the painful locations, and stimulating the pathways between the intestinal muscles and the brain, acupuncture can offer improvement to patients struggling with the effects of IBS.

SYMPTOMS OF IBS

You may have IBS if you experience stomach pain, bloating, or a change in your bowel movements. You may also experience IBS symptoms that don’t directly relate to your digestive system, such as anxiety, insomnia, loss of sexual desire, or fatigue. IBS can present as primarily causing constipation, diarrhea, or both.

ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENT

Acupuncture has been shown to improve IBS in comparison to other treatments. In various studies, the use of acupuncture in IBS patients has been able to relieve pain, regulate digestive motility, reduce spasms, and improve anxiety and depression. Acupuncture is often used in conjunction with other IBS treatments, in both Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and rarely has adverse effects. Acupuncture treatments for IBS generally focus on the spleen and liver acupoints, with other points relating to emotional wellness and pain relief being used when needed.

SOUTHCENTRE CHINESE ACUPUNCTURE

If you have been diagnosed with IBS or are experiencing symptoms, contact us today to schedule an appointment for acupuncture. Dr. Yan has over 25 years of experience treating patients with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and specializes in conditions that are difficult to treat. The Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture clinic in Calgary can also help patients with a variety of other conditions.

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Emergency Acupressure You Can Do At Home

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There are a few times in life when stress or pain hits us all too quickly. When that happens, we may not be able to get to our doctor or acupuncturist on time. Maybe the pain comes late at night. Maybe it shows up over the weekend. If you start to suffer outside of Southcentre Chinese Acupuncture’s opening hours, here are some effective acupuncture tricks that may help ease your pain until you can make an appointment.

For Headache 

The humble headache is a common cause for sudden discomfort that can range from mild to severe. There are many different reasons we experience headaches, and since head pain can be felt on various places around your neck, there are many different acupressure points to help alleviate your pain. A headache can also indicate hunger, thirst, or eye fatigue, so before you apply acupressure, make sure that those issues aren’t the cause.

Easiest Acupressure Point for Headaches: Hand Valley Point

Where It’s Located: The soft spot in between your thumb and index finger.

How to Perform Acupressure: Apply pressure with your opposite thumb and forefinger on either side of this area.

The Hand Valley Point is also shown to help reduce stress, mitigate toothache, lower shoulder tension and neck pain, and help with constipation.

For Nausea and Stomach Pain

Maybe it’s something you ate. Or perhaps stress is causing digestion issues. If you suddenly find yourself feeling queasy, we recommend lying down somewhere dark and cool away from noise. Ginger tea may also help ease your symptoms. If you’re feeling up to it, applying acupressure may benefit in this situation.

Easiest Acupressure Point for Nausea: Inner Gate Point

Where to Locate It: About three centimetres below your wrist crease

How to Perform Acupressure: With your opposite hand (right hand), apply firm pressure with your thumb.

The Inner Gate Point can also help reduce indigestion and anxiety.

For Sciatica and Arthritis

Many people don’t even know where their sciatic nerve is, but the moment you experience sciatic pain for the first time, you’re likely never to forget. Sciatica can first start as a mild pinch on in your lower back, hip, or buttock. The pain can eventually become so severe that your entire right leg becomes numb and you can no longer walk without hurting.

Easiest Acupressure Point for Sciatica: Above Tears Point

Where to Locate It: Approximately one inch below the webbing between your fourth and fifth toe

How to Perform Acupressure: For the relief of sciatic pain, apply pressure with your thumb, or ask someone to do it for you.

The Above Tears Point is also helpful for the relief of shoulder pain, arthritis, and headache.

In the meantime, please familiarize yourself with our clinic hours, and give us a call as soon as you can to book your professional acupuncture appointment with Dr. Yan.

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How Acupuncture Can Improve Fertility and Support IVF

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IVF offers couples struggling with infertility the real possibility of having a successful pregnancy. However, multiple cycles of the treatment may be needed, and they come at a high financial and emotional cost. Acupuncture can serve as a complementary treatment that uses the principles of traditional Chinese medicine to boost a couple’s chances of success by supporting all the different stages of the IVF process. The scientific research on acupuncture’s role in IVF is ongoing, but there is encouraging evidence that this integrated approach to infertility offers couples the very best of both modern and traditional medicine.

Acupuncture Helps Couples Before IVF

Preparing to undergo IVF, both physically and mentally, is an essential aspect of having a successful implantation. Acupuncture can support this important preparation in the months and weeks leading up to the procedure with targeted treatment to regulate a woman’s hormonal imbalances and improve blood flow to the uterus. Acupuncture treatment can also help the aspiring father by improving the health of his sperm and increase its count. Crucially, both parents will benefit from acupuncture’s effectiveness at reducing stress and promoting overall health as they begin the IVF process.

Acupuncture’s Role During IVF

Acupuncture is used on the day of the embryo transfer, both before and after the procedure, to promote successful implantation. The improved blood flow to the uterus can thicken the uterine lining, while acupuncture’s capacity for releasing endorphins in the brain will help the mother relax. Acupuncture is also useful in helping the mother adjust well to the strong fertility hormones that will be used during the IVF treatment. Together, these benefits provide crucial support to help a woman’s body integrate and sustain the new life. After successful implantation, acupuncture can continue proving beneficial support and stress relief for a portion of the pregnancy, as well as reducing the chance of complications, such as a miscarriage.

When to Begin Acupuncture for IVF

In order to begin improving your fertility and preparing the best possible environment for IVF, it’s better to begin the acupuncture treatment sooner rather than later. Make an appointment with Dr. Yan to learn more about how acupuncture and the principles of Chinese medicine can play a supportive role in your journey to a healthy pregnancy. You can also reach out with any questions or read more about us.

Dr. Hong Yan is the best acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist in Calgary, Alberta. With over 25 years of experience, she has gained vast knowledge in treating a variety of diseases and conditions, including—but not limited to—pain, infertility, menopause, stress-related disorders such as depression, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Yan help you!

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10 Beneficial Reasons to Opt for Acupuncture if You Work 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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If you work a typical 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job, did you know that acupuncture increases your work performance? Did you also know that acupuncture reduces the physical and emotional impacts of an unhealthy or stressful work environment?

Taking care of your overall health and well-being is a non-stop job that you should prioritize along with your daily tasks—both inside and outside the office. When you’re in top-notch shape, your work performance soars. By scheduling regular acupuncture sessions, you will feel like a brand-new person; invincible and energized with the confidence to achieve the success you desire.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of extremely thin, stainless steel needles that are carefully and painlessly pushed at certain parts your body, known as acupoints. When the needle penetrates the skin, you will feel a slight mosquito-like sting. As your practitioner gently pushes the needles to a certain depth, you will experience a heavy, dull, or tingling sensation—known as Qi—within you.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture practitioners believe your energy flow becomes imbalanced from illnesses, pain, and stress. With the assistance of acupuncture, your energy flow will rejuvenate and rebalance.

Given the fast-paced world we live in—along with the long hours and heavy responsibilities a 9 a.m. to
5 p.m. job entails—it’s easy for your body and mental stability to become offset. Here are ten reasons acupuncture is the best therapy to resolve health issues and improve your quality of life:

#1 Prick Your Stress Away

Stress management is one of the top reasons people seek acupuncture treatment. Most of us daily experience the physical symptoms of stress, whether it’s demands from our job or personal pressure we place on ourselves. While your work is a major trigger to experience stress symptoms, acupuncture helps lower stress hormones, reduce anxiety, and restore positive feelings.

#2 Reduce and Relieve Pain All Over Your Body

If you’re experiencing back pain, neck tension, and joint pain in your hands and arms, there are a few culprits you can blame in your work environment, such as typing on keyboards, carrying heavy backpacks, using cell phones, and sitting with poor posture. Acupuncture provides pain relief and reduces swelling and inflammation in the affected areas, allowing you to be unstoppable both during and outside office hours.

#3 Pound Away the Headaches

Is a pounding head preventing—and possibly crippling—your work efficiency? If the answer is yes, there’s a non-invasive, drug-free option for you. For thousands of years, acupuncture has been an effective treatment against headaches. Now, recent studies show that those who suffer migraines can also benefit and seek relief from this type of treatment.

#4 Reduce Eye Strain

Eye strain occurs when your eyes get tired from intense use, such as reading or using electronic devices for an extended period. To maintain healthy vision, you must take frequent breaks, change your scenery, and adjust the overhead lighting. For those seeking relief from eye strain, consider acupuncture treatments. In addition to alleviating eye strain, acupuncture also helps treat numerous eye ailments, such as myopia (short-sightedness), hypermetropia (far-sightedness, cataract, glaucoma, presbyopia, astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), and diplopia.

#5 Strengthen Your Immune System and Limit Your Sick Days

If you’re prone to getting sick easily or often, this one’s for you. By opting for acupuncture treatments, you’re giving your immune system the boost it needs to fight off pathogens. Acupuncture treatments also reduce the duration of a cold and relieve debilitating symptoms that make you feel miserable and keep you home from work.

#6 Increase Your Energy and Enhance Your Mental Clarity

Do you sometimes feel your energy levels decreasing and your mental clarity diminishing? Need a boost, but want a caffeine and drug-free alternative? Acupuncture can help with that! This form of alternative medicine helps you feel energized and recharged, allowing you to tackle the daily tasks you need to accomplish. Additionally, if you have sleep disorders—such as insomnia—acupuncture is an additional benefit to seek this type of treatment.

#7 Soothe Digestive Woes

Everyone experiences digestive woes at some point in their life. Sometimes, such occurrences happen while you’re at the office and have no choice but to power through the pain and discomfort. While some cases are more severe than others—such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)—digestive health issues are an incredibly unpleasant sensation until they pass. With regular acupuncture sessions, your digestive system can be effectively regulated, relieving you of gastrointestinal problems that plague you throughout the day.

#8 Seek Allergy Relief

When allergy season is near, the thought of constantly sneezing, wheezing, coughing, and blowing your nose, as well as watery, itchy eyes are dreaded by most people. And who can blame them? Allergies are awful, and it can sometimes prevent you from performing your best at work and enjoying the things you love most. While acupuncture isn’t a cure for allergies, it can help prevent and reduce allergy symptoms, and be used in place of or in conjunction with antihistamines.

#9 Limit the Amount of Times You Light Up

If you’re trying to quit smoking or reduce your smoking habits, acupuncture is an effective treatment to help you live a relatively smoke-free life. By opting for acupuncture treatments, the sessions will help ease your jitters, curb your cravings, and lessen your irritability. Also, the treatment promotes lung tissue repair while increasing relaxation and detoxification in your body.

#10 Lessen Your Bodily Injuries

During your 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. routine, you don’t realize how routine behaviour at your desk can create numerous repetitive stress injuries over time. The way you sit in your chair, type on your keyboard, and stare at your computer screen impacts the likelihood of job-related injuries and determines the number of days off from work you may need to recuperate. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for repetitive stress injuries and can eliminate potential surgery or the use of drugs.

Dr. Hong Yan is the best acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine specialist in Calgary, Alberta. With over 25 years of experience, she has gained vast knowledge in treating a variety of diseases and conditions, including—but not limited to—pain, infertility, menopause, stress-related disorders such as depression, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Schedule an appointment today and let Dr. Yan help you!