Can Asian Healing Treat Depression?

Traditional Asian healing methods and medicine have been used for many years. It goes way back to ancient history. In today’s times, people are resorting to Asian healing for treating mental illnesses because it is more natural than anti-depressants and other medications. Asian medicines are herbal and natural. Apart from their medications, they also have other forms of therapy that help with treating depression.

It’s perfectly normal for people to feel depressed occasionally. Depression is a normal human emotion. However, if you find yourself constantly depressed and it’s been taking a toll on your life in a negative way, then you’re most likely suffering from depression.

The Symptoms of Depression

In an article written by Ericka Martin, LMHC, she wrote, “Depression is one of the most common mental health concerns in the United States. In 2016, for example, over 16 million American adults experienced an episode of major depressive disorder, according to the National Institute on Mental Health. Despite its prevalence, depression continues to be tough for most people to recognize—in others or themselves.”

If you find yourself having most of these symptoms, then you’re probably suffering from depression. Whatever your symptoms might be, it’s best for you to consult your primary health care provider. Here are the symptoms of depression:

  • Lack of concentration.
  • Changes in your sleeping patterns.
  • Weight loss or weight gain.
  • Lack of libido.
  • Persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, etc.
  • Suicidal thoughts and feelings.

A Few Asian Healing Techniques

 Herbal Medicine

Asian herbal medicine is not only cheaper than anti-depressants, but it also has no side effects. They are natural and they can even boost your energy levels. They can also come in the form of teas, pastes, pills, and powders. Most of these medicines are usually plant-based. However, some might contain animal products. Ensure that you consult your therapist and health care provider to confirm which medication is most suitable for your needs.


Acupuncture has become a popular form of treatment, not only in the East but also in Western culture. Acupuncture is performed by using sterile and tiny needles into certain parts of the body. It might sound scary to people who have a fear of needles. However, these needles are so tiny that many feel little to no pain at all. Acupuncture is done to restore energy in the body and to balance the organs. This also helps patients with sleeping better and reducing stress levels. Depending on the individual, some notice a change in just a week. Some might take a month or more to notice a change.

According to Jeffrey Barnett, PsyD, “Typically, acupuncture involves penetrating the skin with needles, which are then manipulated by the acupuncturist’s hands or by a form of electrical stimulation. The needles are inserted into specific locations on the body as a way of balancing “the flow of life energy,” also known as qi (pronounced “chee”). Acupuncture has been shown to be effective at relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety, as well as migraines and other forms of chronic pain.”


This type of therapy is used for various mental health issues. It’s beneficial for anxiety, insomnia, depression, stress, and moodiness. It comes in the form of an oil, which is extracted from plants. This oil is not taken orally, but it’s either applied onto the skin or inhaled. The scent of this oil triggers a part of the brain that is responsible for the individual’s emotions and behavior. In doing so, it improves the mood.


This has become increasingly popular worldwide. More people are participating and finding comfort in this form of exercise. It’s probably one of the best relaxation techniques. It’s also been around since ancient history. Yoga helps with various physical and mental health conditions. It reduces stress levels, improves sleep, and also lessen chronic pain. There are plenty of different poses and breathing techniques that you can learn in yoga.

“Yoga is a personal conversation between the body, mind, and breath that is designed to calm the fluctuations of the mind. When we practice the art of Pranayama (breath awareness) and Asana (poses), we develop strength, internal and external flexibility, and balance, and we cultivate traits such as patience, gratitude, and perseverance, as well as calming the mind.” –Diane Byster, LMFT

Craniosacral Therapy

This type of therapy is a form of massage. It can be performed by naturopaths, chiropractors and massage therapists. Finger pressure is the type of pressure that is applied to the bones, skull, and pelvis. This type of therapy reduces the stress levels, improves sleep and helps with other physical health conditions such as asthma and urinary tract symptoms. More than 100 years ago, an osteopath discovered that cranial bones are interrelated to tissues and fluids in the body and its central nervous system.



How Yoga is Beneficial for Both Physical and Mental Health


“Yoga is a personal conversation between the body, mind, and breath that is designed to calm the fluctuations of the mind. When we practice the art of Pranayama (breath awareness) and Asana (poses), we develop strength, internal and external flexibility, and balance, and we cultivate traits such as patience, gratitude, and perseverance, as well as calming the mind.” – Diane Byster, LMHC

Yoga has become an extremely popular form of exercise worldwide. Yoga is speculated to date back to the fifth and sixth centuries BCE. Yoga uses exercise, meditation and breathing techniques. All of these help with keeping you both physically and mentally healthy. Let’s look at why and how yoga is beneficial for both physical and mental health.

The Benefits of Yoga for Your Physical Health

Arati Patel, LMFT, describes yoga this way: “Yoga Sutra 2.46 reads Sthira sukam asanam. Sthira translates to steadiness, strength, or effort. Sukha according to late Indian Sanskrit texts roughly translates to sweetness, joy, pleasure, or happiness. This sutra translates to every yoga posture needs to be balanced with effort and ease.”

Yoga not only keeps you fit, but it also has many other health benefits such as helping with aches, pains, prevents sicknesses and much more. Read on for more benefits.

Yoga Improves Blood Circulation

Yoga increases your blood flow, especially in the feet and hands. It also boosts the levels of red blood cells and hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to the lungs. Yoga reduces the risks of blood clot formation which prevents strokes and heart attacks.

It Helps with Tension in the Limbs

At times, we have tension in our body and we can’t always pinpoint it. Yoga can help you to determine where the tension is located. The yoga exercises can help with relieving the tension in your body.

Yoga Improves Your Balance

By practicing yoga regularly, it will improve your balance. People, who have poor balance and poor posture, can benefit from yoga. It is also good for the elders, as this could mean fewer falls. So, no more slumping!

Yoga is Good for Your Cardiovascular Health

Yoga lowers the blood sugar levels and the ‘’bad’ cholesterol levels. It boosts the ‘’good cholesterol. Yoga also helps with lowering the blood pressure. It also boosts your heart rate (in a good way.) People who are suffering from diabetes and cardiovascular diseases should also take up yoga. All of these conditions prevent heart attacks and promote good cardiovascular health.

However, people, who are suffering from heart disease and diabetes, should consult their doctor about certain postures that can’t be done. Some postures might have a negative impact on people who are suffering from these conditions — high blood pressure, heart diseases, and diabetes.

Yoga Improves Your Lung Functions

People who do yoga take fewer breaths with greater volume. This is because of the increase in oxygen in the lungs. Yoga promotes lung function and can even help with soothing sinuses.

Yoga Improves Digestion

Like many other forms of exercise, yoga can prevent constipation. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer. For people who suffer from IBS and ulcers, yoga is highly recommended.

The Benefits of Yoga for Mental Health

Yoga is recommended for many people who are suffering from various mental health conditions. It’s also a great way to relieve stress. Here are the mental health benefits:

Yoga is Good for Relaxation

Yoga increases the blood flow and lowers the blood pressure levels. This helps with relaxation and relieving stress. The breathing techniques that are used in yoga also help to relax both the mind and body.

Yoga Improves Your Sleep

If you’re suffering from insomnia or poor sleep, then yoga might be the solution. Due to the increase of the blood flow in your body and the relaxation that yoga provides, it can help to put you in a deeper sleep. By getting a good night’s sleep, you feel less stressed during the day.

Yoga Boosts Your Self-Esteem and Improves Your Relationships with Others

Yoga boosts your self-confidence and makes you feel good about yourself. You get peace of mind. You learn to love yourself. Yoga also improves your relationships with your spouse and even family members because you develop compassion as you do it. Yoga also calms you, which can make you less aggressive and snappy with others.

“Yoga therapy is a holistic discipline based on the premise that the mind, body, and spirit are connected. An emerging field in America, yoga therapy hovers somewhere between a doctor’s visit and a stretching class. Yoga therapists identify physical and emotional symptoms, then recommend yoga postures to address these symptoms and their underlying causes.” – Nancy Holliman, LPC