Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. If it affects how you feel, think and behave it can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living. In Chinese medicine this pattern is caused by prolonged stagnation of qi, blood, dampness or food. The treatment protocol here is to break up stagnation and release constraint.

As always when dealing with any ongoing issue you want to address it form several aspects of your life. You need to see your dr and get an accurate diagnoses if it affecting your everyday life, medication is needed in some instances. In addition to therapy, regular exercise and dietary changes Chinese herbs can be very helpful in this situation. When looking for a more modern day formula to Relieves food, qi, blood, and phlegm stagnation, Promotes movement of qi, and Releases constraint look for one containing one or more of the following herbs:

Da Zao – nourishes the blood and calms the spirit to help settle emotional restlessness

Chen Pi – regulate the qi and strengthens the spleen to help transform dampness and awaken the mind.

Gan Cao – nourish the Heart and moisten internal dryness. The boost I heart blood helps to quiet and calm the mind