Everyone of us would experience periodic blues from time to time. But when these 'blues' become lingering on, affecting one's enjoyment of life, it is something that we should take it seriously. In North America, there are more than 17 million people suffering from clinical depression each year. Clinical depression is considered a disease condition which can have devastating effects on one's life, career, family and relationships.
Symptoms of clinical depression may vary from person to person, they include some or all of the following conditions:
- consistently sad or feel empty
- feel guilty, questioning the worth of life
- loss of energy, loss of interest, loss of appetite
- cry easily
- difficulty in concentrating
- poor memory
- body aches, headaches that do not response to treatment
- suicidal thoughts
New anti-depressant drugs such as Zoloft and Prozac have been able to provide some relief to depression patients. However, they do have some unpleasant side effects in a lot of patients. Chinese Medicine has been treating depression successfully for more than 2000 years. In the principles of Chinese Medicine, there are different patterns of depression in relation to and combination of systems of the liver, spleen and kidneys' excess or deficient condition. We at Vitality Traditional Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Clinic will first differentiate the combination of the individual patterns the patient manifests, and tailor make a treatment plan for her.
Chinese herbal medicine has proven to be at least as effective as anti-depression in dealing with clinical depression but without any side effects! Together with acupuncture and recommended diet and exercise schedule, the therapeutic effect is amazing. Chinese medicine does not only alleviate the symptoms but will address the roots of the problem.
We are very comfortable in co-operating with your western medicine practitioner to find a combined way of treatment for you. We can also work to lessen the side effects of western anti-depressants. For those who wants to wean off from anti-depressants should work out a weaning schedule according to the advice of your prescribing doctors. And patients with bipolar disorder would typically need to stay on their western medication.