According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 10% of Americans suffer from depression, a mood disorder where profound sadness and even hopelessness may overwhelm the sufferer. Depression can interfere with daily activities such as eating, sleeping, and being productive and enjoying life. Work and relationships may suffer. Symptoms may include exhaustion, insomnia and even physical pain. Many depressed people also experience lack of motivation, loss of interest in activities that previously brought joy, and some may even feel that life isn’t worth living. The good news is that the majority of people with depression can get better with treatment. Antidepressant medications may be necessary in some cases, but they do not help all patients and many have serious side effects. Here at Tao of Wellness, we offer effective and natural treatment options to complement conventional therapies to help relieve depression including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, mind-body exercise, and InfiniChi energy therapy.
How We Successfully Treat Depression
Depression can have many causes, and the proper diagnosis of the root cause and correct treatment is essential for effective and lasting relief from depression. After becoming a patient at Tao of Wellness, you will have a detailed initial consultation where one of our practitioners will assess the root cause of your depression, taking into account your history, current symptoms, and physical constitution. According to Chinese medicine it’s important to get to know the whole person, from what is being experienced in the moment, to major health and life events of the past. This enables our doctors to understand the whole person and how the body works and responds over time. Your Tao of Wellness doctor will then work toward helping you feel better now as well as preventing recurrence in the future, ensuring you stay well and emotionally balanced.
A personalized treatment program will be developed for you that will include both treatments and self-healing tools you can use at home. It’s often the things we do every day in our own life that keep debilitating feelings at bay over the long run. Treatment programs may incorporate any or all of the following that have been found to be effective for relieving depression: acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, and lifestyle guidance. In some cases, we may also offer treatment with InfiniChi energy therapy, and incorporate meditation techniques or mind-body exercises like tai chi and qi gong. After your questions are answered your treatment will begin.
Our Customized Therapies for Overcoming Depression
Customized Treatment Program
Chinese medicine focuses on individualized treatments that aim to fix imbalances in the body that are at the root cause of your depression. At Tao of Wellness, your practitioner will determine your Chinese medical diagnosis based on your medical history, constitution, symptoms, and physical exam. Your diagnosis from your Western physician is also taken into consideration. Based on this information, a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan will be developed for you, including one or more of the following modalities.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for depression. It is a viable alternative or complementary treatment for people who either do not want to take antidepressants, suffer from too many side effects or wants to take the minimal amount of medication. Many studies have demonstrated that acupuncture is just as effective at reducing depression as antidepressants. It has been shown to increase the production of endorphins and serotonin, leading to deep relaxation and a reduction in stress, anxiety and depression. Learn more about acupuncture.
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbal medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat depression and its accompanying symptoms. Based on your unique presentation, a customized herbal combination will be made to address the imbalance in your body and treat the specific symptom pattern that is affecting your mind and body. Learn more about Chinese herbal medicine.
A poor diet can contribute to worsening depression. Many people find that stress and depression lead to emotional eating, which compounds the problem. Working with a practitioner certified in Chinese Clinical Nutrition will give you the guidance you need to understand which foods may be hurting you, which can benefit you, and what changes you can make to improve your condition. Appropriate foods will nourish you and give you energy, soothe your nervous system, and allow your body and mind to heal themselves much faster. Every patient receives nutritional information but a Nutritional Consultation goes much further in providing a detailed eating program, complete with meal plan and snacks, to assist in your specific needs.
At Tao of Wellness we have formulated a variety of supplements that can help to treat depression and related symptoms. For example, vitamin D or fish oil has shown to make a huge difference in mood and depression. Adrenal Support and other glandular products can combat fatigue and other symptoms that may compound or may be at the root of your depression. Learn more about nutritional therapy.
Mind Body Exercise
Physical exercise is extremely critical for depression as it increases the production of endorphins, neurotransmitters that produce a sense of happiness and well-being. Exercising outdoors helps even more as being in the sunshine also increases endorphins. Meditation practices have been shown to produce deep relaxation and reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which has been correlated with depression. Studies also show that tai chi and qi gong, forms of moving meditation, are effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety. At Tao of Wellness you’ll find a choice of certified instructors in tai chi and qi gong instructions. Your practitioner will work with you in determining the right practice for you. Learn more about tai chi and qi gong.
InfiniChi Energy Therapy
InfiniChi is Chinese medical energy therapy in the Tao of Wellness tradition. This is a series of non-touch techniques that can lift your spirits and help your energy, focus and motivation. The symptoms of stress in the body and mind are assessed by your certified InfiniChi practitioner, and while you rest, the imbalances within your body-mind are set back in order. You’ll have the opportunity before and after your treatment to communicate the changes you feel. And your doctor will likely prescribe simple homework of breathing or visualization exercises to keep this therapy working for you when you’re not in our clinic. Learn more about InfiniChi.
Natural Healthcare for Depression
Tao of Wellness was established in 1976 as a resource to address depression. We strive to support you in mind and body, and invite you to make an appointment for your health and wellbeing. It would be our pleasure to serve you.