Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture for Anxiety and Depression
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), mental health concerns have always been closely considered alongside more physical health issues. Any extreme of the emotions is considered a deviation from normal health and TCM provides a long history of effective results with minimal side effects.
Both herbal medicine and acupuncture for anxiety and depression have helped countless patients get back to happy lives.
Acupuncture for Anxiety and Other Issues
Acupuncture utilises special points situated throughout the body to achieve particular results. By stimulating these points, effects are seen locally or throughout other parts of the body. Traditionally this was explained as a regulating of the qi (energy) pathways in the body, encouraging them to return to normal functionality. From a biomedical understanding, we know that traditional Chinese qi lines correspond closely to the body’s network of nerves and electrical pathways, and that acupuncture stimulation of these spots can produce distinct effects.
Acupuncture for anxiety, depression and other mental health problems has helped a great deal of people. In many cases, people turn to traditional Chinese medicine after other options have failed, only to discover that it helps them a great deal, with significantly fewer side effects than many other choices.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Mental Health Disorders
Traditional Chinese medicine puts a great deal of emphasis on the use of herbal medicine. The herbs are prescribed in combinations, known as prescriptions or formulas, to create tailored medications. These are often used by themselves, or in combination with acupuncture.
The traditional Chinese herb repertoire consists of thousands of different natural ingredients, 200-300 of which are regularly used in general practise on account of their safety and efficacy, which can be combined in countless ways to achieve an extraordinary range of effects. These herbal remedies tend to have fewer side effects than pharmaceutical medications, particularly when it comes to antidepressants, and experienced traditional Chinese herbalists are able to ensure that prescriptions are tailored for the best possible experience.
Dr Christopher Booth is an experienced, fully licensed herbalist and acupuncturist with a history of successfully helping patients who are struggling with anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. All herbal medications dispensed by our clinic are tailored to each individual patient.
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