The symptoms of depression can feel all too common – sensations of despair, hopelessness, and anger, low energy, feeling overwhelmed, a loss of interest in other people and activities you used to find joy in, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite – I could go on… Pharmacological treatment of depression is the norm in Australia, but it can often take some time to find the correct medication, and there are a lot of unwanted side-effects that can come with this course of treatment. But there are alternatives to be found in Chinese Medicine, that work well either alongside or instead of more common treatments.
Acupuncture and Mental Health
In Australia, it is estimated that over 45% of the population will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime (1). And in any one year, 1 million Australians will experience depression, and 2 million will experience an anxiety disorder. Caring for your mental and emotional health is clearly an important topic for everyone.
Insomnia and sleep problems can be tricky things to deal with. Most people have tried the more common remedies for poor sleep, such as reducing caffeine, switching off from screen time before bed, and keeping the bedroom as dark and noise free as possible. But what if you still find yourself lying awake through the middle of the night? Here are a few other options from Chinese medicine to help you sleep like a baby.