WINTER: The Season for Depression. 

How Can Oriental Medicine Help?

It’s not unusual after Christmas and New Years for people to experience frequent feelings of depression, anxiety, sadness, insomnia, moodiness, isolation and crying. Fortunately, though, these negative emotions that show up in January usually disappear by the end of March. It’s quite natural for people to feel better when spring starts and the days are longer.

Such negative mood symptoms can be related to Seasonal Affective Disorders (SAD) due to the fact that, in winter, the sun’s rays are not as strong nor is its light as enduring as in other seasons. Statistics show that more than 18 million Americans suffer from depression during the first quarter of the year and that the United States has the leading incidence among other countries, with 9.6% of the most frequent incidents occurring in those between the ages of 40 and 49.

Western medicine recommends antidepressants to help patients cope with SAD, but every drug, along with the good that it may do, is likely to cause adverse reactions in the body due to the elimination process. Sometimes a drug can cause more harm than good to the patient, which is why more and more people are looking into effective safer ways to relieve their symptoms. People want a natural way to deal with depression without the worry of the possible side effects that often come with chemical medication.

Oriental medicine can help patients deal with anxiety, depression, insomnia and a host of other negative emotions in a holistic, natural way. When treated holistically, the entire body is evaluated through observation with the practitioner searching for signs and symptoms of each organ that may indicate a problem. For example, Oriental medicine teaches that depression is a matter of Liver Qi, or energy, stagnation that results from the buildup of emotions and frustrations. This buildup prevents energy from flowing as it should and, in turn, prevents the body from getting back into balance.

Oriental Medicine techniques, such as the application of acupuncture, herbal treatment, meditation, nutrition assistance and exercise aids, sooth and reorganize the energy needed to obtain the homeostasis that has been lost. At Behavioral Wellness Center P.A., our acupuncturist is ready for you. Aren’t you ready to try natural Oriental medicine techniques to help you deal with depression and anxiety in a more holistic way?

By Consuelo Camarillo De G., Lic. Ac.