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Traditional Chinese acupuncture does not use labels when treating any illness and mental health is no exception. There is no one treatment for all patients, each person is treated individually and through a holistic approach. Chinese medicine looks at patterns, by signs and symptoms and the pulse and tongue. These are some examples of some Chinese medicine diagnostic patterns. There are more and they can also be combined. Some of these patterns might fall under a combination of depression, anxiety or stress. There is also recognition in Chinese medicine that the mental illness is physical illness not just emotional. This is clear with each description, if you would like to know more then consult your local traditional acupuncturist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart and lung Qi deficiency

 

Sadness and grief slow down the movement of Qi. This means there is a slight shortness. Worry knots Qi this means there might a tightness of the chest, palpitations and poor appetite.

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  • Depression, sadness, slight anxiety

  • Palpitations or chest tightness

  • Slight feeling of lump in your throat

  • Slight shortness of breath

  • Poor appetite

 

 

Liver Qi stagnation

 

When Qi stops flowing then the need for movement can cause frustration, agitation and a short temper.

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  • Anger, frustration, resentment, up tight, tense or stress

  • Abdominal pain and distension

  • Tension in the neck and shoulders

  • Possibly irritable bowel syndrome

  • Irregular periods and / or PMT

 

 

Stagnation of liver Qi turning into heat

 

When Qi stops flowing then the need for movement can cause frustration, agitation and a short temper. Stagnation of Qi also creates heat that rises up the head creating headaches, red face and eyes. If the stagnation is in the digestive system then there is bloating. Heat dries up fluids in the intestines causing constipation.

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  • Depression, moodiness, worry, frustration, feeling uptight and tense, anxiety, agitation, short temper

  • Dry mouth, bitter taste, constipation, headache, red face and eyes

  • Abdominal pain and bloating, IBS

  • Irregular periods or PMT

 

Phlegm misting the mind

 

Phlegm in a Chinese context is different to the western mind. It comes in many forms and not just associated with colds and flu. Phlegm misting the mind is like a fog that prevents someone from seeing the world and themselves clearly. This might make someone seem incoherent and not aware of themselves and their interaction with other people or the world around them.

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  • Mental confusion, unconsciousness and lethargic

  • Incoherent speech, slurred speech and aphasia

  • Vomiting of phlegm, rattling sound in throat

  • Very dull eyes

 

Phlegm fire harassing the mind

 

This is similar to phlegm misting the mind but the combination of heat and phlegm agitates the mind causing confusion. This is less common than phlegm misting the mind.

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  • Palpitations, redness and sweating

  • Agitation, confused and muttering

  • Irrational behaviour

  • Manic behaviour

 

Blood deficiency

 

This can be associated with anaemia (when the blood haemogloblin concentration is below the normal range for age and gender of a patient). Blood deficiency is not exactly the same. There can be cases of patients who are blood deficiency and not anaemic and visa versa. The diagnosis is made through signs, symptoms, tongue and pulse.

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  • Anxiety

  • Trouble falling asleep and light sleeping

  • Palpitations

  • Poor concentration and memory

  • Dull complexion

  • Dry eye, brittle nails, dry hair, floaters in front eyes

  • Heavy bleeding during periods sometimes leading to scanty periods

 

Ways of helping

 

There are never easy answers to help with mental health but there are techniques, strategies and even dietary changes that can help. These are some are methods that could help. I have divided everything up depending on the Chinese medicine pattern.

 

Heart and lung Qi deficiency

 

Diet

 

Tuna, duck, peaches, grapes, cauliflower, carrots, olives, onions, mushrooms, oats, rice, ginger, garlic and thyme.

 

Essential oils

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  • Jasmine

  • Rosemary

  • Peppermint

  • Helichrysum

  • Lavender

 

Liver Qi stagnation

 

Diet

 

Garlic, ginger, plums, radish, marjoram and coriander.

 

Essential oils

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  • Sweet marjoram

  • Black pepper

  • Bergamot

  • Lavender

  • Peppermint

  • Angelica root

  • German chamomile

 

Stagnation of liver Qi turning into heat

 

Diet

 

Garlic, ginger, plums, radish, mung beans, pears, strawberries, water melons, marjoram and coriander.

 

Essential oils

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  • Sweet marjoram

  • Bergamot

  • Lavender

  • Peppermint

  • Angelica root

  • German chamomile

  • Roman chamomile

  • Sage

  • Frankincense

 

Phlegm fire harassing the mind

 

Diet

 

Avoid raw, fried and greasy food. Avoid dairy, peanuts and bananas. All of theses foods are phlegm building foods. Eat cooked foods, pears, ginger, root vegetables, rice, grains, radishes,

 

Phlegm misting the mind

 

Diet

 

Avoid raw, fried and greasy food. Avoid dairy, peanuts and bananas. All of theses foods are phlegm building foods. Eat cooked foods, pears, ginger, root vegetables, rice, grains, radishes

 

Essential oils

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  • Eucalyptus radiata

  • Eucalyptus smithii

  • Sage

  • Juniper berry

  • Ho leaf

  • Frankincense

  • Lavender

  • Teatree

 

Blood deficiency

 

Diet

 

Avoid raw food, eat cooked food.

Eat bone broth, meat, root vegetables, beetroot, dates, goji berries, walnuts, black sesame seeds, spirinular, oats, rice, grains and ginger.

 

Essential oils

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  • Lemongrass

  • Rosemary

  • Angelica root

  • Frankincense

  • Helichrysum

  • Vetiver

  • Rose Otto

  • Jasmine

 

Breathing techniques

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  • Find somewhere comfortable and quiet to sit

  • Keep your arms and legs relaxed and uncrossed

  • Breath in through your nose for the count of 3 seconds

  • Hold your breath for count of 3 seconds

  • Breath out through mouth for count of 3 seconds

  • Repeat for 5 -10 minutes

 

When breathing in breath from your belly, you will notice your belly pushing outwards on the in breath and inwards on out breath. This means you are breathing in more oxygen and your chest will become less tight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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