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Dr. Mao's Wellness Living: Five Natural Ways To Uplift Your Mood

Dr. Mao Shing Ni
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Dr. Mao Shing Ni

Posted Jun. 24, 2012, 2:17 am

Dr. Mao Shing Ni / Mirror Columnist

Are you letting a bad mood ruin your day? For some people, the feeling of gloominess or depression is due to a neuro-chemical or hormonal imbalance, while for others it's daily stress or traumatic events that wear down one's emotional reserves. Studies show that people who are depressed or melancholic are twice as likely to develop cancer or heart disease, and are much more susceptible to cold and flu.

While psychotropic medications can be helpful for people who suffer from mood disorders, many patients are finding help from natural solutions. Here are some suggestions to lift your mood, your spirit, and your health.

Hands-On Healing

Human touch increases the production of endorphins, growth hormone, and DHEA, all of which lengthen your life span and lower the negative impact of stress. Studies have found that patients who are regularly touched recover faster than those who are not touched. Try getting a foot or back massage, or give someone a hug and feel both of your moods improve.

A Laughing Matter

“Laugh Therapy,” pioneered by Norman Cousins, has turned out to have real substance. Research has discovered that laughter and joy boost immune functions, especially the production of the cells that help defend the body from illness and cancer. Laughter also increases the release of endorphins – compounds that give you a sense of well-being – in your brain. Without a doubt, joyful people live longer and healthier lives. So read your favorite comics, watch your favorite comedies, and laugh it up!

Amino Acid For Restored Mindset

When an imbalance or deficiency is creating a bad mood, the Europeans use supplements of a natural compound found in human cells to regulate mood and restore a healthy mindset. SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) is produced from methionine, an amino acid that plays a role in the production of uplifting neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine. One study indicated that SAMe worked on patients who had unsuccessful results with conventional antidepressants. To get a boost from SAMe, take a supplement combining it with vitamins B6 and B12.

Raise Your “Youth Hormones”

You don’t need pills to flood your body with a rejuvenating flood of growth hormones. Research has found that doing squats and leg presses will greatly increase your natural production of the “youth hormone.” Increased growth hormone translates to an elevated mood, among other physical benefits. Keep it up with weight training, knee bends, push-ups and rowing exercises.

Acupuncture Boosts Brain Chemicals

Many patients with depression and anxiety have benefited from acupuncture. Studies show that acupuncture increases the production of neurotransmitters, endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine – the happy, easygoing, and calming brain chemicals that are found at much lower levels in people with depression and other mood disorders. An acupuncturist can also advise you on herbal remedies that can help to lift your moods, such as my herbal remedy Mood Elevation. The formula uses a combination of traditional Chinese herbs including licorice root and lily bulb to help relieve sadness and depression, and calm the mind.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Dr. Mao Shing Ni, best known as Dr. Mao is a bestselling author, doctor of Oriental Medicine and board certified anti-aging expert. He has appeared regularly on “Dr. Oz,” “The Doctors,” and “EXTRA.” Dr. Mao practices acupuncture, nutrition, and Chinese medicine with his associates at the Tao of Wellness in Santa Monica and Newport Beach. Dr. Mao and his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni, founded Tao of Wellness more than 25 years ago in addition to founding Yo San University in Marina del Rey. To subscribe to his tip-filled newsletter please visit To make an appointment for evaluation and treatment please call 310.917.2200 or you can email Dr. Mao at

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