Chinese Medicine for depression is an alternative therapy that has been around for over 1500 years. It is a treatment that encompasses a wide range of Chinese therapy practices including acupuncture, moxibustion (burning an herb above the skin to apply heat to acupuncture points), Chinese herbal medicine, tui na (Chinese therapeutic massage), dietary therapy, and tai chi and qigong (practices that combine specific movements or postures, coordinated breathing, and mental focus). If you are interested in using Chinese medicine to help with your depression then it is likely you have many questions about what to expect and have some apprehension if using a therapy that is new to you. We at Seek a Therapy want to help answer your questions and concerns surrounding Chinese Medicine in order to help you select the right therapist and area of Chinese medicine best suited for you and, on this page, we have included some of the most common questions a person may have before treatment.
What is Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine is a complete system of medicine with its own forms of diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and therapies.
Chinese medicine believes that the body is an energetic system in dynamic balance and when we become ill in any form our energy is not balanced. Qi, which can be translated as energy or life force, flows in a regular pattern through a system of channels — or meridians — to all parts of the body.
Chinese medicine’s aim is to bring balance back to a person through various means as mentioned above. It is believed that through this particular therapy it restores the body to balance and works on an energetic level to affect all aspects of your person: mind/body/spirit.
What is particularly interesting with Chinese medicine is that it has been successful in treating people with illness and pain but also to prevent diseases before the symptoms increase and the illness gets worse.
What to Expect From Chinese Therapy?
From the perspective of Chinese medicine, depression and anxiety can is understood to be a disturbance to the shen, roughly translated as our spirit.
When the shen is disturbed, manifestations might include a feeling of lack of meaning in one’s life, an inability to connect to other people, feelings of worthlessness and self-loathing, lack of energy, and feeling inauthentic, among other things.
Also, if qi/energy is stuck in the body, not moving smoothly, the emotions may also get stuck, in fear, or anger, or grief for instance. Chinese medicine treats these conditions by reconnecting the spirit with the deepest sense of our self, and with something larger than our selves. And it can guide the qi to move more smoothly, alleviating feelings of being stuck emotionally or spiritually.
A Chinese medicine specialist is likely to discuss several options with you that you can use to help with your depression and/or anxiety where they may suggest acupuncture, herbs, dietary therapy, qi gong, and tai chi. Sometimes you will be advised to do one, two or several of these therapies but no matter which you choose, eating healthfully and exercising will always be prescribed for a depressed person.
Qigong and tai chi are gentle ways to learn how to move energy in your own body. Another concept in Chinese medicine is the importance of opening our sensory orifices, the portals of perception, so we can see and taste and hear the world in a different and healthier way.
The interesting thing about Chinese medicine compared to western science is that they tend to treat the patient rather than the disease. Each individual having slightly different variations in symptoms, causes and effects means they believe that even if two people have depression, no two treatments should be the same.
Traditional Chinese Medicine For Depression. A View Of The Condition From A Practioner
How Much Does A Typical Chinese Medicine Session Cost?
Costs vary depending upon treatments undertook and herbs needed so you are best speaking with your chosen practitioner before treatment begins and then identifying your specific needs, this will give a better idea of the cost Chinese medicine will be to you.
Chinese Medicine – A short example of Tai Chi, one therapy from Chinese Medicine
How Do I Know Which Chinese Medicine Practioner To Choose?
Chinese medicine is not available on the NHS and will be a private treatment but like any therapy, one of the most important elements in your through depression is the relationship between yourself and the therapist in order to be able to trust and open up about all your thoughts and feelings in order to be able to create a correct diagnosis and develop a bespoke treatment for your needs.
When you find the right practitioner that offers you good communication, a partnership, trust, goals and a feeling of genuine understanding then together, over time, you will be able to challenge your thoughts, beliefs and perceptions.
How Long Does It Take To Heal Depression With Chinese Medicine?
Many people who use Chinese medicine for depression often reporting improvements within a couple of sessions, but like many complicated conditions, it takes the dedication of both the patient and practitioner to work together to make the necessary changes in one’s body, mind and spirit. Length of treatment very much depends on the severity of the condition.
What If Chinese Medicine Doesn’t Work For Me?
First of all, don’t worry!
If you think Chinese medicine is the right therapy but you have the wrong therapist then you have every right to seek a second opinion and you will not offend your therapist, they just want you to heal from your difficulty as best you can and you deserve to feel better. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel Chinese medicine is working at all then do not be disheartened, there are many, many different types of therapy to heal from depression and psychotherapy is only one. Use our therapy directory to find a different therapy, you may find hypnotherapy works better or possibly some holistic treatment. The key is not to think this is your only option.
Chinese Medicine For Depression
Please note : This information should not replace professional medical advice, it is purely for informational purposes. At all times when you are in crisis please first seek help from your GP or another medical professional. Thankyou