The numbers are staggering: according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), more than 40 millions Americans have some kind of anxiety disorder and more than 1 out of 10 Americans (about 14.8 million) over age 12 take medication for depression, costing the nation billions of dollars every day to deal with these emotional “illnesses.” Many people may not realize traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a different perspective on causes and treatment, one that’s far less costly and produces less side effects. TCM modalities like Qigong, acupuncture, and herbs can all help by going deeper than just treating symptoms; they address the underlying imbalances that caused these challenging disorders in the first place!
As with any excess emotion, TCM understands depression and anxiety as coming from underlying imbalances in one or more organs. Depression mainly stems from a disharmony between Liver Qi and Spleen Qi. Drugs can help alleviate depression by temporary lifting the individual out of the condition. But like pushing a ball under the water, the problem eventually pops up again unless the root cause is fixed. Effective treatment requires addressing both the internal Qi imbalances as well as emotional reactions to external stressors also causing imbalances.
Anxiety, on the other hand, is usually related to deficient Kidney Qi. It can also mean that your Kidney and Heart are not functioning in harmony. The physical organs may be perfect, but their functions are off. Because the Kidney is the foundation for the entire body’s Qi, strengthening Kidney Qi with classical Chinese herbs can often produce excellent results.
The Dragon’s Way® Wu Ming Qigong Program for Stress Management and Weight Loss helps address underlying body imbalances that have caused these emotional difficulties! Because Wu Ming Qigong harmonizes and re-balances the energy of body, mind, and spirit, as well as balances the functioning of and relationships between the organs, participants can make significant progress with emotional difficulties by learning Qigong movements and practicing them daily.
Although drugs for anxiety and depression can help in difficult times, it’s important to recognize that these conditions are symptoms of deeper issues. Medications for anxiety and depression have numerous side effects and the potential to cause deeper Liver and Stomach function problems. Because weak functioning of these organs are directly linked to these mental health issues, taking medication will only exacerbate these conditions in the long run.