This is a link to an article that appeared in the March 2021 issue of The Sun magazine. This is an excellent summary of depression research and a look at new and emerging depression treatment approaches:

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)

The NADA acupuncture protocol; “acudetox” involves the gentle placement of up to five small, sterilized disposable needles into specific sites on each ear. Acudetox is an adjunct therapy which is clinically effective, cost-efficient, drug-free and compatible cross-culturally.

It can be used within behavioral health, addictions or disaster relief settings. It can be used in any location that a group of people can sit together.

I am a NADA provider (“acudetox Specialist”) as well as a certified NADA trainer so I am able to train others in this simple technique. If you are interested in being trained or want more information contact me and check out NADA’s website:


Qigong: Qigong is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine and can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one’s mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent. There are thousands of qigong styles, schools, traditions, forms, and lineages, each with practical applications and different theories about Qi (“subtle breath” or “vital energy”) and Gong (“skill cultivated through steady practice”). Some resources for qigong practice and study:

  • This is an excellent introduction Qigong video: unfortunately, it seems to be out of print but is available on Gaia
  • Daisy Lee: The Radiant Lotus Qigong Practice for Women, developed by renowned Qigong teacher Daisy Lee, offers dynamic (yet gentle) techniques for healing and empowerment.
  • Damo Mitchell: Damo teaches inner transformative work of Nei Gong, Qi Gong, Alchemical practice from the Daoist tradition and inner meditation through his Lotus Nei Gong training institute: