Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatment for Depression

From the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, depression is considered as a problem of constraint, it is largely related to the stagnation of liver Qi. The liver is the energetic organ responsible for circulating the Qi, or vital energy of the body. As a person's mood becomes low, this depresses the flow of Qi within the body leading to liver Qi stagnation. Essentially, this indicates that the Qi within the body is not flowing smoothly and results in the symptoms of depression.

Acupuncture Treatment for Depression

Recent studies suggest that acupuncture has the most immediate effect and may be the treatment of choice, especially when combined with psychotherapy or drug therapy. Acupuncture treatment for depression will focus on circulating the Qi and balancing the flow of energy to relieve specific symptoms. The most common Qi circulating treatment is called The Four Gates. This involves stimulating source points on both hands between the thumb and index finger and both feet between the big toe and second toe.

TCM methods to treat depression also involve the use of Chinese herbal medicine. These have slowly been accepted in the West, primarily because of the non-toxic nature of the treatment. Chinese medicines have been used to treat stress and to reduce the effects of the body's aging process.

Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian is a Chinese herbal medicine for liver Qi stagnation caused by emotional distress.

Where to buy: Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian

How to use: Chai Hu Shu Gan Pian can be used in the forms of powder and capsules.

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