Margaret’s story: Getting to the Root Cause of Her Bipolar Disorder

Here is another patient video testimonial from Trinergy Health!

Margaret consulted Dr. Tummala for her bipolar disorder when she learned her current psychiatrist was retiring. In their first meeting, Dr. Tummala used her integrative medicine skills to arrive at the root cause of her problems – ulcerative colitis and a concussive head injury in March 2018 that had caused Margaret to have daily headaches (for which she was prescribed opiates), and many neurological symptoms – slurred speech, gait imbalance, balance issues, word finding problems, memory issues, etc.

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ayurveda for migraines

Ayurveda for Migraines

I’m very happy to share this testimonial from a patient/family of Trinergy Ayurveda. This young teen consulted us for her more than 2 year history of Migraine headaches with ocular symptoms. Along with severe headaches, she would have episodic total blindness in both eyes. These attacks of blindness lasted only a few min in the beginning but over time progressed to last for several hours. She was seen by neurologists and was treated with standard migraine medicines with no benefit. Her disease progressed rapidly and caused severe distress and disability in her everyday functioning.

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Nathan’s story: Treating anxiety & depression with an integrative approach

Here is another patient video testimonial from Trinergy Health!

Nathan was first seen in Spring 2016 for complaints of anxiety, depression and not being able to move ahead in life. Prior to working with Dr. Tummala and Trinergy Health, Nathan was in treatment for nearly 16-17 years and had worked with many psychiatrists, therapists and was treated with various psychiatric medications; at times a combination of them. He had never experienced relief from this approach and was feeling hopeless about his health and life when he began to work with Dr. Tummala.

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Ayurveda hair oil

Care for Your Crowning Glory – The Ayurvedic Way!

Shiny, lustrous, thick, long hair has always been considered a sign of health and beauty; in fact, hair is our crowning glory! So, it is particularly distressing when one experiences problems with the most prominent aspect of our beauty and health: our hair! These problems can be in the form of premature greying, hair loss and thinning of hair, balding pattern of hair loss, etc. Hair problems can create other serious problems in the form of sadness, lowered self-esteem, and experience of stress. Then it becomes a vicious cycle where stress further contributes to hair loss!

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holistic approach to autism

Autism – A Holistic Approach

Autism is a neuro-psychiatric disorder affecting children that is typically chronic and lifelong. Currently, DSM-V (Diagnostic manual for psychiatric disorders) has grouped all autism subtypes into one unified diagnosis – ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). ASD is further divided based on severity into 3 subtypes – Level 1 to 3, with Level 3 being the most severe and requiring the most care and support.

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Abhyanga

Abhyanga: The Traditional Ayurvedic Massage

I was out of town recently and was excited to see Ayurvedic massage, or Abhyanga, offered at the hotel I was staying at. Unfortunately, the experience was very disappointing. The Abhyanga massage and the Shirodhara I chose, was nowhere close to the original technique and the intended benefits of an authentic service. It was sad to see what passes off as Ayurvedic massage at certain places. I am hoping that this spa is an outlier when it comes to providing authentic Abhyanga massage in the US. So, here’s a description of what this massage treatment is about; so, everyone can be informed consumers.

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Shirodhara, ancient Ayurveda treatment

Ayurveda – Need of the Hour?

In early 2018, I received a call from a mother whose daughter had “Misophonia.” Frankly, it is a relatively new “disease.” Misophonia is a condition wherein certain common sounds (breathing, chewing, etc) can trigger intense, exaggerated emotional reaction in people with this condition; resulting in secondary anxiety, depression and disability in many areas of life. My research of this condition indicated that people were recommended antidepressants, noise canceling devices, cognitive behavior therapy, etc. But the prognosis was described as poor with the idea that symptoms are chronic and need to be “managed.”

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Food as Medicine

More than 2000 years ago, Hippocrates – Greek physician and philosopher, widely regarded as the father of modern medicine, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” We have also heard the very common phrase, “you are what you eat.” This article will delve into the meaning and the urgent need to incorporate these philosophies today.

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Suicide, the elephant in the room

The Elephant In the Room

There are only a few emergency situations in the practice of psychiatry. However, these emergencies can be devastating not just to the patient, their family, and society, but everyone involved, including the care providers. And suicide is the most feared of them all.

Suicide is a hard topic to raise and discuss. Not only in the clinical situation but also in the non-clinical settings. Families, friends, in school/work and society – we are afraid to talk about suicide. But ignoring it does not make it go away. And one day, we are jarred awake with the ugly presence of this menace in our society.

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Schizophrenia – Is Recovery Possible?

Schizophrenia – Is Recovery Possible?

Good morning! My day started with a bit of disappointment today – kids school closed due to the winter storm and today was Mother’s Visitation day! :(.

But, as I was browsing my website, I came across some reviews of my work. This one immediately warmed my heart. Not just because of what it says about my work, but also the words used by this mom to describe her son: “he lives with schizophrenia,” not, “he is schizophrenic (or bipolar or etc).”

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