Anxiety

As described by the Mayo Clinic: Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood. Sometimes medical conditions or life experiences can be linked to anxiety.
Eastern Medicine is very successful in treating anxiety and helps individuals to address as well as deal with anxiety in everyday life.

Anxiety in Eastern Medicine closely resembles three possible conditions:

  1.  Jing Ji – Fear and Palpitations
  2. Zheng Chong – Panic Throbbing
  3. Li Ji – Rebellious Qi of the Penetrating Vessel (Chong Mai).

The etiology of anxiety in Eastern Medicine involves a close look at emotional stress, constitution, irregular diet, loss of blood and overwork.

Depression

Today, depression is estimated to affect 350 million people.
Depression is a common mental disorder that presents with depressed moods, loss or disinterest or pleasure, decreased energy, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite and poor concentration. Moreover, depression often comes with symptoms of anxiety. At its worst, depression can lead to suicide. Almost 1 million lives are lost yearly due to suicide, which translates to 3000 suicide deaths every day. For every person who completes a suicide, 20 or more may attempt to end his or her life. (WHO 2012)
There are multiple variations of depression with a person suffering from very mild to severe manic attacks.
Eastern medicine looks at several layers to help patients deal with depression. Etiology of depression looks at the six stagnations according to Zhu Dan Xi with qi stagnation being the primary factor. “Yu” is defined as stagnation and mental depression.

The six stagnations according to Zhang Jing Yue are represented by the 6 emotions of:

  • Anger
  • Pensiveness
  • Worry
  • Sadness
  • Shock
  • Fear

Eastern Medicine also looks at the relationship between the mind (shen) and the Ethereal Soul (hun) when treating severe depression, as well as the existence of will-power (zhi) which governs mental power.