Maybe many people think that depression is far away from us, but it is not. In recent years, as people’s life rhythm has accelerated and pressure has increased, the incidence of depression has increased year by year.

The World Health Organization believes that depression currently ranks fourth among the top ten diseases in the world, and it is expected to jump to second in 2020, following myocardial infarction. Depression seriously affects people’s quality of life and brings a heavy burden to themselves and their families. Therefore, we must pay attention to the prevention and treatment of depression.

“Three lows” symptoms are obvious.

Depression is a mood disorder or affective disorder with depression as the main symptom caused by various reasons. The typical manifestations of the disease include the symptoms of “three lows”-low emotional interest, low activity ability, and low thinking vitality.

Low emotional interest is manifested in that it is difficult to feel happiness and often feel sad inexplicably. Patients are accompanied by persistent depression, and generally do not change with the improvement of the environment. But sometimes there are differences between day and night. In the eyes of the patient, there is no interest in the former hobby. Decreased mobility is mainly manifested as fatigue, weakness, heavy body, and even inability to get up or go out. Low thinking vitality is manifested by slowness, poor response, and prolonged thinking about problems, which often brings difficulties to work.

In addition, insomnia is also one of the most common symptoms of depression. More than 90% of patients with depression suffer from insomnia, most of them wake up early, and some people have difficulty falling asleep, sleeplessness, easy waking up and multiple dreams. This affects people’s daytime activities and even further aggravates emotional symptoms, requiring active treatment.

Traditional Chinese medicine starts the treatment with soothing the liver and relieving depression.

The treatment of depression in modern medicine includes medication, physical therapy, and psychology treatment. The principle of treatment is early detection, early diagnosis, early treatment, full course of treatment, and prevention of recurrence. If there is a change in mood or physical discomfort such as insomnia, pain, etc., you should go to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment in time, and a certain course of treatment must be adhered to. Antidepressants take a long time to take effect, usually 2 to 4 weeks.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that depression is caused by extreme emotions, leading to imbalance of yin, yang, qi and blood in the viscera and unfavorable brain. Traditional Chinese medicine emphasizes “seeking the root of disease”. Therefore, we must start with the root cause of depression, and restore the normal state of mind by balancing the qi and blood and regulating the brain.

Most people with depression suffer from long-term life and work pressure, or experience negative life events. Unsmooth emotions lead to dysfunction of the body’s qi and dysfunction. Over time, the liver tree is stagnant, and even the stasis will turn into fire, and the emotional symptoms will be further aggravated. Excessive liver-qi dispersing and violating the spleen and stomach will affect the digestive function of the spleen and stomach, leading to loss of qi and blood, dysfunction, clustering of symptoms, fatigue, insomnia, palpitation, and pain. Therefore, treatment should start with soothing the liver and relieving depression, balancing the five internal organs, and regulating the mind.
The treatment of depression in traditional Chinese medicine is targeted and individualized treatment under the guidance of syndrome differentiation and treatment, including traditional Chinese medicine soup, acupuncture, electroacupuncture, cupping, ear acupuncture, Qigong, etc.

Patients who can take traditional Chinese medicine can choose herb soup or other traditional Chinese medicine treatment, and patients who are not suitable for taking medicine (such as postpartum breastfeeding women, etc.) can choose non-drug treatments, such as acupuncture, cupping, ear acupuncture, etc. The meridian system of the human body is spread throughout the body, communicating internal and external, connecting the internal organs and six organs and the limbs. Therefore, acupuncture and cupping stimulate acupuncture points on the body surface, balance the yin and yang qi and blood of the five internal organs by dredging the meridians, and regulate the brain, which is beneficial to the mood and body of patients with depression. The symptoms have a good therapeutic effect.

 Self-regulation and wellness are very important

The self-regulation of patients with depression is also very important. First of all, studies have confirmed that exercise can alleviate depression. Therefore, it is recommended that patients with depression take more than 30 minutes of exercise a day, such as running, swimming, walking, dancing, etc. Traditional Chinese medicine, Taijiquan and Yoga are also good choices. They are simple and easy to learn, and have a good function of regulating shape, mind and spirit, and can help restore the balance of qi and blood. Secondly, it is recommended to perform self-acupoint massage every day, including Hegu, Taichong, Neiguan, Sanyinjiao, etc. These acupuncture points have the effect of regulating qi and depressing depression, and when used in conjunction, they can coordinate the liver and spleen and promote the recovery of mood.
It is necessary to actively carry out self-emotion regulation, communicate with people frequently, resolve bad emotions, release stress, and play an important role in reducing the recurrence of depression.

In short, depression, as a high incidence of modern society, is not far away from us. When you find that you and your relatives and friends have emotional symptoms, you must pay attention to them, adjust them in time, and treat them in time. For patients with mild to moderate depression, traditional Chinese medicine can be used for treatment. For patients with severe depression, integrated traditional Chinese and Western medicine can shorten the onset time and increase the efficacy. At the same time, with active self-regulation, depression can be effectively treated.