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
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
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.