DEPRESSION

Depression

The old fashioned term for Chinese Medicine (CM) was Traditional Chinese Medicine. In the modern world, the term “Traditional” has started to be dropped as Chinese Medicine practitioners are now being trained in Medical Bioscience as well. Those that are trained in human biology and Chinese Medicine are now regarded as true Doctors of Chinese Medicine. When looking at the body within a Chinese Medicine (CM) framework, a simple approach is to divide the body into its Yin and Yang, and then further into Qi, blood and fluids. When talking about CM and anxiety or depression, we don't need to consider the Yin and Yang, but only the Qi, blood and fluids.

In CM, there needs to be a free flow of Qi, blood and body fluids. This flow will promote proper health of the body, mind and spirit.

The way CM views anxiety and depression is simple; move the Qi, and the symptoms will dissipate. How does one move Qi?  Before that can be answered, the cause of the disruption needs to be found. Disruption of Qi can be caused by external factors or internal ones. External causes can lead to the internal disruption of different organs; this requires different treatments.

Depression

Use of Acupuncture
Acupuncture treatment for anxiety and depression revolves around the stimulation of the body’s Qi by inserting hair-fine needles into acupuncture points along the body's meridians.

Use of Herbs
Herbal formulas are tailored to the individual and will vary depending on severity of depression symptoms. However the most common herbs used are:

  • Huang Qi, astragalus
  • Ren Shen, ginseng
  • Dang Shen codonopsis
  • Dang Gui, angelica sinensis
  • Shu Di Huang, cooked rehmannia
  • Sheng Di Huang, rehmannia; and
  • Chai Hu, bupleuri
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