Depression is an increasingly common problem, often due to the increased stresses of everyday life. According to Chinese medicine, the condition is generally classified into two types, exogenous and endogenous. From a Western medical point of view, there are several types of depression.

The first, exogenous is the kind which stems from pressing problems or emotional upsets such as unemployment, debt, divorce or bereavement. The second type results from a chemical imbalance in the brain and is known as endogenous type. The first type can lead to the second, if help is not forthcoming, or if the exogenous type does not improve through time.

Treating Depression with TCM

Chinese Medicine sees depression principally as a problem caused by Liver Qi stagnation. It can also be related to the stagnation of Blood, deficiency of the Heart and Spleen, consumption of Heart Yin or consumption of Liver Yin.

Normally a treatment with Chinese Medicine would involve moving the Qi and balancing the Liver with herbs such as Chai Hu, Dang GuiBai Shao and Gan Cao, or sometimes Huang Qin. Xiao Yao San is one of the best medicines for this.

The holistic approach of Chinese Medicine will involve the use of herbs to correct the chemical imbalance of the body, after which the condition will lift on its own. Physical and mental illnesses are inseparable to a Chinese Medicine practitioner.

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