Modem psychiatry has provided many treatments for its most common mental illness, depression. But as early as 3000 B.C., Chinese medicine offered an alternative approach to treating “sagging energy.”
In contrast to allopathic medicine, Chinese herbology treats disease, including depression, by focusing on the whole body instead of focusing on the symptoms of disease. This approach requires recognizing similar types of behavior ,physical make up and other responses typically found in people suffering from similar symptoms of disease. For example, depressed people frequently struggle with hypoglycemia, PMS, food allergies, chronic fatigue, hypochondria and candida as well.
To further understand the ancient Chinese method of treating depression requires first understanding how body energy works. Body energy, known as “chi” in Chinese herbology, refers to the organizing and harmonizing principle of the body. An example of chi at work is evident when you feel thirsty after your body is depleted of fluids so that you drink more liquids than you normally would to restore the needed fluids. This is the body’s effort to normalize itself.
However, sometimes the body’s normalizing processes do not function properly, and your body remains in an abnormal state for an extended period. Then the energy of the body “sags,” and feelings of gloom and depression, loss of energy, weak digestion, fatigue and congestion result. Known as energy restraint, this condition appears when imbalances occur in one or more body systems or in specific body organs.
One such organ, the liver, plays a key role in the body’s internal homeostasis and balance. To accomplish its job, the liver provides an even
supply of sugar and other nutrients to the body. When the liver functions normally, the adrenals and nervous system do not have to deal with internal emergencies that result from too much or too little blood sugar. In addition, the body does not need to deal with not enough or too much of a particular nutrient. When the liver furnishes an even supply of nutrients, the nervous system can carry out its purpose, giving you the ability to retain a sense of equilibrium, serenity and peace.
One outcome of a poorly functioning liver is an uneven supply of nutrients, which makes internal homeostasis difficult. For example, blood sugar levels may swing back and forth between high and low (hypoglycemia) since the body is unable to maintain homeostasis. Therefore, the body fluctuates between high and low energy levels, and moods may swing from high to low. Moreover, if the liver is not performing to capacity, toxins circulate in the blood stream and can contaminate the brain and central nervous system, leaving a feeling of heaviness, achiness, listlessness and despair.
To help restore balance within the body, Mood Elevator (AD-C), known as “Jie Yu” in Chinese, “relieves the depression.” Listed below are 18 herbs that enhance the body’s chi, relieving the symptoms of depression.
Bupleurum root is a bitter and pungent plant with an anti-depressant effect, which boosts energy.
Cyperus root helps to increase blood flow, relieves smooth muscle spasms and regulates energy.
Bupleurum and cyperus in combination treat depression, fatigue, insomnia, lung congestion, neurosis, hysteria, hypochondria, nightmares, restlessness, nervousness, postpartum, menopause and PMS.
Bamboo sap, a powerful astringent that also works as a mild sedative. Coptis root contains bitter astringent alkaloids that help balance the liver and spleen, clears the blood of toxins and reduces inflammation in the mucous membranes.
Hoelen herb has a cooling, soothing effect that calms emotions.
Gambir herb also has a cooling effect good for reducing fevers, high blood pressure, nervousness and other symptoms of high tension.
Licorice root is a mild laxative that also increases energy around vital organs, stimulates adrenals, helps normalize blood sugar levels and prevents mood swings. Licorice root is also an energizing herb that fights fatigue.
Ginger root increases circulation, promotes and regulates menstrual flow, reduces muscle spasms, increases blood circulation, lowers blood pressure and regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels . Ginger also aids the liver to help clear the blood of toxins.
Siberian ginseng draws energy to the body’s vital organs, increases circulation, stimulates the adrenals , pancreas and pituitary gland. This herb increases endurance and stamina.
Pinelli a root clears congestion and relieves spasms and absorbs toxins.
Aurantium, a bitter herb, improves circulation and reduces congestion.
Zhishi fruit, a bitter aromatic, is an immature orange that strengthens
capillaries and regulates body energy.
Ophiopogon root softens and soothes inflammation. This root helps regulate blood sugar, regulates the pancreas and treats dry coughs, nausea, vomiting, insomnia and constipation.
Dong quai root, a mild sedative, has hormone stimulating properties that curb PMS and mood swings as it regulates the menstrual cycle.
Saussurea root, an aromatic, increases digestive fluids, improves circulation and regulates energy.
Perilla leaf regulates blood sugar levels and breaks up congestion.
Ligusticum root, a bitter stimulant, promotes blood circulation, relieves pain, muscle spasms, headaches, inflammation and more.
Platycodon root reduces congestion, regulates blood sugar levels.
So if you feel your mental and physical energies dragging, boost your body’s “chi” with Mood Elevator (AD-C), an herbal combination that follows after the ancient Chinese tradition.