Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments can be a highly effective way to help you tackle the effects of anxiety, stress and depression. These conditions can be crippling, affecting your thoughts, motivation, physical energy and your outlook on life. Taking measures that can help alleviate these conditions is important. With so many changes in society at the moment and disruptions to all aspects of daily living, many people are feeling uncertain, fearful and overwhelmed. Seeking help can enable you to cope better in the short term and help prevent conditions from manifesting in ways that can have long term health implications.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, stress, anxiety & depression interrupt the natural flow of energy (qi) in the body. In Chinese medicine, qi is the energy which flows along channels in the body called meridians. These energy channels are mapped throughout the body consisting of main channels that branch into secondary channels. In TCM stress interrupts the natural flow of this energy, causing an imbalance in the body. TCM treats the root cause of this imbalance by releasing trapped or blocked energy. Once the balance and flow of this energy is restored it facilitates the body's own natural system of self healing.
Traditional Chinese medicine treatments used to treat stress, anxiety and depression include acupuncture, acupressure, cupping and herbs.
Despite what many people may think, acupuncture is not really painful. It is possibly one of the most relaxing treatments you can have. The needles are absolutely tiny, as thin as a few strands of hair. Following a full consultation, your acupuncturist will place needles on specific acupuncture points on the body. This relieves blockages of energy (qi) which can improve blood circulation, release tension, balance hormones, reduce inflammation and facilitate the free flow of essential nutrients to your cells. This facilitates your bodys natural self healing abilities helping it to return to balance, and initiate relief from the mental, physical and emotional feelings manifesting as stress and anxiety and depression.
Acupressure is a a Chinese medical massage and works on the same principles as acupuncture except that hand and finger pressure are used instead of needles. Often acupuncture and acupressure treatments are given together. Acupressure is an excellent treatment for stress and tension relief in the body, having a knock on effect on your mental state of mind.
In cupping a flame draws the air out of a cup (glass jar) which is placed on certain acupuncture points on the body. The suction draws blood to the area, stimulating circulation and, as with other Chinese medicine techniques, helps to unblock trapped and stagnant energy.
Chinese Herbs - teas, powders and capsules
Chinese Herbal Medicine employs the same diagnostic methods as other branches of Chinese Medicine and uses ingredients such as, roots, leaves, fruits, seeds, and flowers which are combined according to classical prescriptions to treat the patient. Chinese herbs can be an effective remedy to relieve the symptoms of stress and anxiety by helping to balance the body's internal systems. Many Chinese herbs are specifically designed to balance the bodys' energy and help to manage stress. They are natural and non-toxic and are recognised by the body as such. Chinese medicine tackles the entire body as a working mechanism treating any imbalances recognised by your therapist.