Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is attracting increasing attention as a method for meeting the demands for higher remission rate, faster onset, persistent antidepressant action, and fewer adverse effects for the treatment of depression.
TCM is one of the oldest medical systems in the world, and includes Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and massage.
We have outlined some best Traditional Chinese Medical practices for the Treatment of Depression.
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine for the Treatment of Depression
Chinese herbal formulas (CHFs) have been widely used in the treatment of depression, achieving better therapeutic effects than placebo and having fewer side effects than conventional antidepressants.
According to traditional Chinese medicine theory, these CHFs have flexible compatibility and mainly act by soothing the liver and relieving depression. Eight clinical trials and seven meta-analyses have supported the theory that CHFs are effective treatments for depression. Nine traditional Chinese herbal formulas for the treatment of depression: an ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry, and pharmacology review.
The nine most commonly prescribed CHFs for treating depression are
Banxia houpo decoction, chaihu shugansan, ganmaidazao decoction, kaixinsan, shuganjieyu capsules, sinisan, wuling capsules, xiaoyaosan and yueju.
TCM effects, and syndromes of the nine Chinese herbal formulas for depression.
When is Acupuncture considered an effective option in the treatment of depression?
Acupunture is suggested as treatment option for people who suffer from both pain and depression as it is effective in reducing both symptoms.
Acupuncture works to overcome illness and corrects imbalances in body by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal.
Acupuncture treatment prompts the body to produce certain chemicals which decrease or eliminate pain. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of healing that prevents and cures specific diseases and conditions by sticking very fine, solid needles into specific points on the body.
Acupuncture stimulates the body’s ability to resist or overcome illness by correcting imbalances and also helps in decreasing or eliminating painful sensations.
Clinical studies have proven that, acupuncture has been effective in decreasing depression in three months, compared to usual care.
Acupuncture for Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis the study shows that acupuncture showed clinically-relevant benefits in reducing the severity of depression at the end of treatment compared to sham acupuncture, usual care, and as an adjunct treatment to anti-depressant medication.
Can acupressure help with depression?
Acupressure has been believed to be one of the complementary therapies that could promote psychological well being.
The effects of acupressure on depression, anxiety and stress in patients with hemodialysis: a randomized controlled trial findings from this study indicates that acupressure therapy delivered three times a week for four weeks was able to significantly reduce depression, anxiety, stress, and general psychological distress in patients with hemodialysis.
Self Treatment can be performed by applying pressure at the acupressure points that are used to reduce depression and anxiety without the help of another person,
An integrative review of acupressure interventions for older people: A focus on sleep quality, depression, anxiety, and agitation this review found some emerging evidences that acupressure can be beneficial for older people who suffer from sleep problems and depression. Use of specific acupressure points, with standardized acupressure treatment protocols, may improve sleep quality and possibly psychological well being of older people.