RELIEVING STRESS, ANXIETY & DEPRESSION NATURALLY
Every day in our clinic we see many people suffering from mental and emotional problems. It does seem that our busy modern lifestyle places incredibly high demands on our psychological wellbeing. This is certainly not confined to one particular group of people. In just one morning last month I treated a 15 year old girl, a property developer in his late 20s, an ex-footballer in his 50s and a 72 year old grandmother, all for varying degrees of anxiety. For these patients, although conventional therapies such as counselling, psychology and pharmaceutical medication had been beneficial, it had not provided any deep, lasting relief.
One of the most beautiful aspects of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach is that it makes no real distinction between psychological and physical symptoms. It understands that if the physical body is in disharmony, then there will be corresponding emotional imbalance and vice versa. What this means for someone suffering from stress, anxiety and depression (SAD), is that a skilled TCM practitioner can identify the underlying bodily dysfunctions and treat mental health issues through physical means, such as herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture. Especially when combined with a meditation practice and Qi Gong exercises, this is a very powerful way to regain a peaceful, happy and calm mind state.
Western medical science is beginning to recognise these body/ mind connections that ancient Chinese physicians documented over 2000 years ago. Recently, at a fascinating workshop with celebrity scientist Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, he discussed the latest research which showed that over 80% of the “brain chemicals” serotonin and dopamine are made by bacteria in the gut. This starts to explain why for many patients with SAD, the TCM solution of strengthening the digestive system is so effective.
For other people, such as the teenager mentioned earlier, the main disharmony is in what we describe in TCM as the “Blood system”. This is a common issue for many women, often after a history of heavy menstrual periods, or post child birth and breast feeding, all of which tax the Blood. They present with symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, and poor sleep as well as anxiety and emotional upset. This is definitely not a situation that you can just “think your way out of”! The solution is to provide the body with sufficient nourishment that the emotions can settle naturally. If the diet is not rich enough in “Blood building” foods, then a course of TCM herbs can help tremendously.
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