In the heart of East Memphis, patients are experiencing an exciting and new kind of healthcare at Natural Health’s Eastern Medicine division.
At 515 N. Highland, doctors Amy and Helen Ly, together with their father, Dr. Alexander Ly, offer an integrative approach to health and wellbeing.
The Ly sisters are board-certified neurologists and physicians and come from four generations of healers. Through acupuncture and other services, Amy and Helen uniquely blend Eastern and Western disciplines at their Mid-South practice.
“Rather than measuring health as the absence of diseases, we should actively garner our health by emphasizing prevention and holistic, mind-body treatments,” says Dr. Amy Ly.
The multi-disciplinary practice offers an array of services, including acupuncture, physical therapy, and nutritional/herbal supplements, all of which aim to reset and restore one’s health naturally and holistically.
Our body can self-regulate and repair, but disruptions such as suboptimal diet, genetics, and emotional and lifestyle factors can lead to dysregulation. Over time, this can transform and manifest as a myriad of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, low energy, poor sleep, and other physical ailments.
The latest addition to their practice is Brain Body Balance TMS, a high-tech, robustly researched transcranial magnetic stimulation. It’s a noninvasive therapy that uses electromagnetic pulses to treat depression and anxiety effectively, something the doctors are excited to offer as part of their neurology practice.
Dr. Helen Ly adds, “We now have a powerful, cutting-edge tool to add to how we can treat mood and neurological disorders such as depression, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, post-concussion syndrome, post-stroke recovery, and even post-COVID brain fog in a drug-free, noninvasive manner.”
“TMS is a form of neuromodulation that is like getting a tune-up for your brain,” says Dr. Helen Ly. It can improve mood, enhance cognitive function, and restore sleep.
Before administering TMS, where a handheld coil is gently placed on an area of the head, patients undergo brain mapping (a series of head measurements) to identify precise areas of the brain to treat. Specific TMS protocols are then selected by the physicians to individually tailor the treatment.
TMS is painless and feels like a tapping sensation on the head over the treatment area. Patients sit comfortably in a reclinable chair and hold still for a relaxing 15-20 minutes.
“TMS works very well for treating depression. With our accelerated TMS treatment regimen, patients suffering from depression may see significant improvement in just 10 days.”
TMS is not for everyone, however. For example, those with a pacemaker/defibrillator, brain aneurysm coil, implanted devices, and frequent seizures cannot have TMS.
The winter season can often negatively influence cognitive function, circadian rhythms, digestion, and activity levels, worsening depression. All these factors can predispose people to decreased motivation and mood, poor concentration, insomnia, and anxiety. However, after three decades of research, TMS has been shown to provide long-lasting improvements in these symptomatic areas.
“Our integrative approach allows us to provide healthcare’s best of both worlds. Acupuncture can help “reset” the body, and TMS can help “balance” networks in the brain to restore function, health, and wellbeing.”
For more information or to make an appointment, call 901.244.7599 or visit ihaclinic.com.
By Shlomit Ovadia