Depression

Health Issues/Symptoms Connections

Depression Connections

Below you will find various relationships to the concept of and potential clinical approaches for depression. It is critical to appreciate that in Chinese Medicine (and most related systems), treatment for "depression" is rarely designed with the resulting "depression" exclusively in mind.

For non-practitioners, we recommend reading treating the "cause" and not the "symptoms" for more on the overall approach and the importance of the TCM diagnostic system in formulating treatment approaches.

Within TCM, "depression", is potentially related to the following diagnostic patterns - blood stagnation, heart yin deficiency, kidney yin deficiency, liver fire, liver qi stagnation, spleen qi deficiency among many other possibilities and/or layered combinations.

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When developing an acupuncture protocol a practitioner is very often focusing on the causal diagnoses in Chinese Medicine terms, not on the condition itself. A potential range of underlying factors and approaches for depression are described in our acupuncture protocol pages - "acupuncture for depression - treatment protocols ", "acupuncture for psychiatric disorders - treatment protocols " .

Some acupuncture points are considered "empirically" related to a specific condition or diagnostic pattern. While this would rarely, if ever, dictate the entire composition of a treatment, the following points should be considered, possibly even more so within the context of acupressure:

  • EX Huatuojiaji at T5 (Sides of Spine at T5)
    .5 cun lateral to the lower border of the spinous processes…
    T5 influences the heart and pericardium systems - in the ta…
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  • HT 3 (Lesser Sea)
    With the elbow flexed, between the ulnar end of the cubital…
    Pain, numbness, tremors, etc. of the lower arms a/or hands …
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  • HT 4 (Spirit Pathway)
    1.5 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the fl…
    Sudden loss of voice. Restless Zang Disorder (fluctuating …
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  • HT 5 (Connecting Li)
    1 cun above the wrist crease on the radial side of the flex…
    Speech a/or vocal disorders - aphasia (post-stroke), stiff …
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  • LU 3 (Celestial Storehouse)
    3 cun below the axillary fold on the radial side of the bic…
    Window of the Sky Point, regulates head/body Qi flow - goit…
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  • SP 1 (Hidden White)
    On the medial side of the big toe .1 cun posterior to the c…
    Any Bleeding Issues, esp. from SP Deficiency - reckless ble…
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  • SP 6 (Three Yin Intersection)
    3 cun directly above the tip of the medial malleoulus on th…
    Tonify Yin and Blood, all Spleen disorders. Digestive diso…
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  • ST 23 (Supreme Unity)
    2 cun lateral to the AML level with CV 10.
    Abdominal pain, epigastric pain, bloating, poor appetite, d…
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  • ST 40 (Beautiful Bulge)
    8 cun below ST 35, one finger width lateral to ST 38, two f…
    Empirical point to resolve phlegm in the body anywhere from…
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  • UB 8 (Declining Connection)
    1.5 cun posterior to UB 7 or 5.5 cun above the AHL and 1.5 …
    Resolve phlegm and clear wind - nasal congestion, blurry vi…
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  • UB 13 (Lung Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 12, level with T3.
    Main point for all Lung related issues from a TCM perspecti…
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  • UB 18 (Liver Shu)
    1.5 cun lateral to GV 8, level with T9.
    Main point for all Liver related conditions in TCM terms - …
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    The Tom Tam/Tong Ren Therapy system can be applied via energy healing/medical qi gong methods as well as an acupuncture component. The acupuncture aspect is generally utilized in combination with more standard TCM diagnostic approaches. For the specific points/areas that would generally be utilized in someone experiencing "depression", please read "Tam Healing and Tong Ren Therapy for Depression ".

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