Depression and Anxiety
TCM sees the person as an integral Mind/body organism, thereby does not treat just symptoms/diseases. TCM ventures to stimulate the bodies natural healing potential by treating root causes rather than just symptoms.
The common causes of depressive-syndrome are emotional upsets such as anger, anxiety, grief, melancholia, etc., which lead to the stagnation of liver-qi and then to the dysfunction of other viscera and the disorder of qi and blood. Prolonged stagnation of liver-qi may induce production of fire and stagnation of blood and may also impair the function of spleen and heart. Dysfunction of the spleen may lead to production of dampness-phlegm, stagnation of food and formation of fire and may induce the corresponding types of depressive-syndrome. Dysfunction of the heart may interfere with the equilibrium of the mental state. Furthermore, deficiency of both the spleen and the heart may induce the production of fire which consumes yin and blood and involves the kidneys, resulting in yin deficiency and fire hyperactivity; thus various kinds of asthenia-syndrome ensue.