Depression

Are You Getting The Most Value Out Of Your Practitioner?

Your Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner probably has a great deal more to offer you than you are aware and it’s  your job  to ask them for recommendations and discuss any questions you have with them.

Unfortunately (or fortunately?), we’re not mind-readers and we don’t know exactly what is going on in your life unless you tell us. However, most problems signal their presence through your body, so your practitioner will observe the signs and symptoms of emotional distress, anxiety, stress, depression, exhaustion etc. and can address them effectively without actually saying anything to you.

One of the most common areas we can add value is with your emotional well-being. You know how sometimes life just seems overwhelming? Reaching out to anyone seems impossible, restful sleep escapes you, your appetite is either ravenous or non-existent, you feel insecure and anxious and generally unhappy without any clearly defined cause…  These are all symptoms of mild depression that will run down your immunity and waste your energy – even if you ignore these symptoms, tell yourself that they will go away, and pretend they don’t exist. The insidious thing about depression is that it is hard to pin down and even harder to acknowledge that you are struggling with it, but it is extremely common and the chances are that if you mention how you are feeling to someone, they will probably have experienced it themselves.

The lovely thing about your TCM practitioner is that you don’t have to say very much at all about the nature of your problem and we can still identify it and intervene effectively. Acupuncture,  massage, and  Chinese herbs will help unblock your Qi energy and provide your body with the nutrients it needs to heal and support your emotions. As the blockages are released, your negative emotions will also release and you will start to feel more buoyant and energised.

Of course, it’s not just a matter of getting your TCM practitioner to intervene. We suggest that you take the following steps as well:

  • Identify people and situations which upset you and take steps to deal with them or move them out of your life.
  • Align yourself with people who nurture you and make you laugh.
  • Ask for help from someone you trust so that they understand where you are at.
  • Actively pursue your TCM practitioner for recommendations about when your next treatment should be, if there are any herbs you should be taking, foods to include or avoid, and every other area of life. We truly want to help, but we don’t want you to think we are pushing unwanted treatments and interventions down your throat.

Most of all we’d like you to know that all the staff at our clinic respect your privacy, and care about you. We want you to enjoy the best possible health in every area of your life: mind, body, spirit and emotions, and we will do everything we possibly can to help you – if you ask us for help……

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