Aromatherapy and Chinese Medicine for Depression

By Dr. Marji Lee Pearson

Depression is running rampant through our society.  Approximately 35 million Americans suffer with depression or chronic anxiety.  Many are taking anti-depressant medications. While these medications do offer support for a variety of people some do not respond as well.  A few reasons for this include:

  • Side effects that can outweigh the benefits of the medication being used
  • Feeling disconnected from themselves on the medication
  • Having a belief system that says depression isn’t a biochemical imbalance

Aromatherapy – Essential Oils

Essential Oils can be quite helpful.  Here is a brief list of oils:

  • Roman Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Citrus oils of Mandarin, Orange, Lime, Bergamot, Tangerine
  • Geranium
  • Ylang Ylang

Chinese Herbs

There are many Chinese herbal formulas that really work wonders for depression.  Here are a few:

  • Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang
  • Gui Pi Tang
  • Tian Wan Bu Xin Tang


Acupuncture is a branch of Chinese Medicine that treats the energetic level of the person. It is usually a profoundly relaxing experience that establishes a deep quality of restoration and balance to the central nervous system.  Almost all people feel sleepy, dreamy, altered within the treatment and after.  The feeling stays long after treatment ends and becomes better with continuous treatment.  Many people don’t want to leave after their treatments and just want to curl up and stay in this wonderful feeling of well being.

Nutritional Supplements

I find that the majority of depressed or anxious patients suffer from hypoglycemia. Many of them begin their day drinking coffee and then crash in the afternoon.  It is important to maintain stable blood sugar throughout the day.  To help with this start the day with a high protein breakfast such as whole oats, eggs, turkey bacon. Make sure to have a snack with you and take it every 2 to 3 hours.  Avoid caffeine and coffee or at least cut down your intake.  Avoid allergenic food such as refined sugar, pasteurized dairy, wheat and gluten for 30 days and see what happens.  The depression could significantly improve.  Some nutritional supplements to help depression:

  • Fish Oil
  • B Vitamin complex

Emotional Issues

Depression means you are holding something inside of yourself. This could be from anger or frustration that you don’t express because of fear, low self-esteem or many other reasons.  I have found that the use of Chinese Medicine, counseling and other holistic modalities work really well in helping to move through the issues and stuck energy.  Something you can do for yourself is to move your body either through walking, running, biking, dancing to name a few.  This also helps move the stuck energy inside your body/mind so you have more energy.

In my clinical practice I have worked with many patients who have lost hope and felt they had run out of options.  Many come to me as a last resort.  Based on my experience working with numerous patients that have suffered from anxiety and chronic depression I can safely say that using the above modalities has helped me in getting to the root cause of the depression and helping my patients move on with their lives.

To schedule a free consultation, ask questions or schedule an appointment call Dr. Marji Lee Pearson at 786.385.8629.  Download my free e-book and sign up for an informative monthly newsletter at

Dr. Marji Lee Pearson
Asian Healing Arts Center
2382 North Federal Highway
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33305
Phone: (786) 385-8629

PeopleTek – Habits For Success


Leadership tip of the week: Habits For Success

Dear Leaders,
Our habits impact our lives and careers both negatively and positively.  What we need to objectively assess is which are impeding our ability to succeed and which are keeping us on track to realize our goals and dreams.
If you've graduated from PeopleTek's Leadership Journey™ program you've been told that once you identify a habit or behavior that is not working for you, you must replace it with one that gets positive results.  This is recommended as it keeps us from regressing back to what is familiar to us (albeit counterproductive!).
Habits allow us to save time; we don't need to think about what we're doing, we merely "do it".  But is this serving us well?  What can we change to become more disciplined and focused and not be on "automatic pilot"?

  • So what can you do?  Start replacing your non productive behaviors with those that will help you achieve the results you desire.
  • If you're consistently late for meetings set an alarm on your laptop, watch, phone, etc. 
  • Post notes in your office reminding you of what TO do.
  • Block out time in your daily calendar and use that time to return phone calls and emails.
  • Use your goals to set priorities.
  • Organize your day; determine what must get done and abide by your task list.
  • Add your personal tasks to your calendar.   Ex. Gym time,  call home,  dinner-time,  etc

Ultimately what you need to do is decide what habits work for you, replace those that don't work for you, and commit to making the positive changes that help you achieve success!

Michael W. Kublin and
Jan Mayer-Rodriguez


"The individual who wants to reach the top in business must appreciate the might of force and habit. He must be quick to break those habits that can break him – and hasten to adopt those practices that will become the habits that help him achieve the success he desires."

– J. Paul Getty


Some common unproductive habits include:

  • Procrastination
  • Consistently being late
  • Interrupting instead of listening
  • Multi-tasking when full focus is required
  • Ignoring life / work balance
  • Failure to set goals (or not making the goals your priority)
  • Allowing phone calls and emails to divert your attention 
  • Not returning phone calls
  • Disregarding commitments
  • Not sleeping enough


"The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests."    

– Gail Sheehy

PeopleTek Events: August 2008:  

October 1 –  Leadership Journey I, session 1 of 12, virtually facilitated
October  9,  October  23,  November 6  –  8am to noon in Phoenix, AZ.
Conducted via teleconference
September 30, October 7, October 14 &  October 21   
12:00pm – 1:30pm eastern time    

This is an open enrollment period for the above programs
Taking it to the next level!      

White Crane Healing Arts Center

It's Summer in South Florida and we hope you are all staying cool and dry.  Frank Iborra wrote a note on the summer solstice and even though it has just passed, I'm sending it because it still has relevance in the future and relates to the upcoming study group. Following also is the information for the July events.  

For a class schedule you can go to the blog at

Summer Solstice

Today is the Summer Solstice which is the time when yang has reached its peak and yin begins to grow.  This is considered in the Taoist tradition, the best time for people to control their vitality, so as not to over-extend themselves.  The Summer Solstice is one of eight high energy days observed by the Yellow Emperor’s calendar.  

This system of natural energetic cycles, as observed by the Chinese people over countless generations informs and guides us in regards to agriculture, daily activities, and spiritual cultivation.   The Ancients through texts such as the I Ching, teach the natural energy cycles so that our intuition and natural instincts can evolve.  This is one way to live in greater harmony and connect to the deep source.

Two FREE Summer Events

Mystical Studies In TAO
(discussion-study group)

Saturday, July 12th. 10:00 – 11:30 am

Cycles, Circles, Rhythms and Chi will be the subject of this group.

We’ll use Inspirational readings and life experience to share knowledge, wisdom and spiritual guidance.  We’ll also discuss how to integrate this information into daily life.

Meet the Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Wednesday, July 16th. 6:30-7:30 pm

Frank Iborra is a state licensed and nationally certified acupuncture physician, herbalist and chi gung practitioner with over 38 yrs. experience.  He will answer health questions and give practical guidance from a holistic perspective that includes diet, herbs, mind-body practices, acupuncture and energy bodywork.

A simple chi gung practice will also be taught.


White Crane Healing Arts
7071 W. Commercial Blvd. 2C
Tamarac, FL. 33319
Info or directions:  954/721-7252

Miami Attorney – Andrew H Boros, Esq

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Talk with us confidentially about your legal situation and find out how we can help you.

Andrew H. Boros, Esq.
Attorney at Law
2333 Brickell Avenue, Suite A-1
Miami, Florida 33129
Phone: (305) 854-8689

Providing Legal Counsel for Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties


Your Worst Nightmare

Imagine you have been arrested for something you did not do.
You are freaking out. Thinking about your life, family and loved ones.
You are now sitting in the county prison behind bars in a dirty, filthy place that is closer to hell than a prison.
There are unsavory people sitting close and some are thinking about hurting you.
You have sat there for hours, behind bars, thinking how upside down your life has become. The awful smell you have noticed since you arrived in your cell, is beginning to smell better.
Imagine now you are handcuffed and being escorted a short distance into a courtroom.
The Bailiff calls your name and you are told to stand before the Judge.
The Judge is reading something to you – it sounds like another language and you have no clue what he is saying.
All you can think of is how your life is ending, prison bars, crappy food and the stench of that cell.

Now you have sweat running down your brow, your palms are clammy and your heart is pounding right out of your chest. You are thinking how am I going to get out of this mess?

You realize you need to find an attorney, one that is ready to deal with this mess. How many trials has he done and how many has he won? 

Fortunately, someone had dropped a name of a lawyer to you – Andrew Boros. He is a criminal lawyer, but not just any criminal lawyer. You found out he has been an excellent Criminal Lawyer for over 30 years, he is smart, crafty and knows the system like Mozart playing a piano. 

After being able to make contact with him and discussed your situation, you realize he knows what to do to help you. You begin to breathe a little easier, but you are still in another world. 

Mr. Boros stands and speaks before the Judge on your behalf, pleading your case. He is confident, when he speaks, the Judge listens and so does the Prosecutor. Before you know it, the cuffs are off and you are standing outside the courtroom feeling like you just had a bad dream. 

You are shaking Mr. Boros' hand like it is the only thing you ever knew how to do, saying "Thank you for giving my life back to me." 

Every arrest is different, the outcome is not always the same no matter what the offense is, you need to know that by hiring Mr. Boros you have one of the best Lawyers by your side.

When you are faced with a legal situation, you need to have confidence that your attorney can deal with the situation.
You want to know that your Attorney has the experience and expert knowledge and that he is one of the finest in South Florida standing beside you when you face a Judge.
Call Andrew Boros for your legal situation before you enter a courtroom knowing that you have one of the best criminal defense attorneys representing you.

Andrew Boros has many years of experience as a Miami Criminal Lawyer in the state of Florida. Being the lead crime scene investigator for the Miami-Dade County Sheriff's Department before entering law school has provided him with an in-depth knowledge of how the police conduct investigations and how prosecutors prepare their cases for trial.

Need Legal Representation in Broward?
Talk with us confidentially about your legal situation and find out how we can help you.

Andrew H. Boros, Esq.
Attorney at Law
2333 Brickell Avenue, Suite A-1
Miami, Florida 33129
Phone: (305) 854-8689

Providing Legal Counsel for Miami Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties

Florida Unclaimed Property

The Department of Financial Services, Bureau of Unclaimed Property, holds unclaimed accounts valued at more than $1 billion, mostly from dormant accounts in financial institutions, insurance and utility companies, securities and trust holdings. Unclaimed Property also includes tangible property such as jewelry, coins, currency, stamps, historical items and other miscellaneous articles, from safe deposit boxes.

If you have ever lived in Florida, there's a chance we are holding unclaimed property for you.