Depression is a normal response as part of our daily lives such as the loss of s job, the death of a love one, and illness. Over 30 million Americans suffer from depression and the amount is increasing in an alarming rate. Depression may be a mental health disorder that can affect the way you eat, sleep, and the way you feel about yourself. The mild case of depression can be defeated by a variety of self-care techniques. Others require the treatment of medication, such as antidepressant medications and psychotherapy that help to reduce and sometimes eliminate the symptoms of depression. According to the National Mental Health Association, one in every eight women can expect to experience clinical depression during their lifetime. In gender perspective, women are twice at risk to develop depression than men.
Women and depression
In an article of Why Women Experience Depression More Than Men, by Susan
Nolen-Hoeksema, Ph.D., Carla Grayson, Ph.D. & Judith Larson, Ph.D.,
the experts wrote that researchers have known for years that women
experience depression more often than men do, but the reason for this
gender difference has not been clear. A study published by researchers
provides some answers by showing how social conditions and personality
characteristics affect each other and contribute to the gender
differences in depressive symptoms.
Treatments in Traditional Chinese medicine
Traditional Chinese medicine defined anxiety and depression are
associated liver qi stagnation as a result with loss, repressed
expression, and other stressful events cause of restraining flows of qi.
1. Chai Hu
Chai hu is also known as Radix Bupleuri, the bitter and sightly cod herb
has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to disperse heat and
fever, improve yang and promote liver function by enhancing the channels
of liver, gall bladder, pericardium, triple fire channels, thus
enhancing the liver qi.
2. Bai Shao
Bai Shao is also known as white peony root or Radix Paeoniae
Lactiflorae, the bitter soul and col herb has been used in tradtional
Chinese medicine to dilates peripheral blood vessels, coronary arteries
and anti-inflammatory by enhancing the function of channels of liver and
spleen resulting in promote blood flow to the lower burner.
3. He Shou Wu
He shou hu is also known as Radix Polygoni Multiflori, the bitter,
sweetness and neutral herb has been use in traditional Chinese medicine
to relieve of heat toxicity, secure kidney essence (jing), treat
spermatorrhea and liver qi deficiency by enhancing the function of liver
and kidney channels.
4. Gan Cao
Gan Cao is also known as licorice root, the sweet herb has been used in
TCM to promote qi, clear heat and get rid of toxins and control the
secretion of insulin by enhancing the function of all channels.
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