In my clinical practice, I see a significant number of women complaining of anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Chinese Medical diagnostics includes a model called the eight principles which I often employ in these cases. Amongst these principles are two etiologies or routes of pathogenesis; internal or external generated illness. More often than not, these anxiety cases fit the diagnosis of an external pathogen. In Western Medicine, these disorders are considered to be internal to a woman’s biochemistry. This Chinese differential diagnosis of external pathogen resulting in anxiety is a fundamental departure from the Western Model. Because diagnosis defines how the illness is viewed and treated, this departure has profound implications. These are of such potential import to patients and society that I am compelled to share them via publication versus one patient at a time in the clinic.
Why have Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft become the Western Medical standard treatment for clinical depression and related diseases of the spirit? Do SSRIs cure these ailments, and if so, how? Are these drugs safe? What alternatives exist? Are the alternatives effective and safe? Readers get ready because this subject is a medical “can of worms” which needs opening here and now.
There exists an imperial class of herbs in Chinese Medicine which help us adapt to stressors within and without. As the Latinized name for these substances implies “adaptogens” bring out adaptation response. They seem to behave like “smart herbs” by entering the body, going where they’re needed and doing that which is necessary to balance homeostasis. These herbs are particularly important in treatment of complex modern plagues such as depression, chronic fatigue and psycho-emotional stress, plus AIDS, Hepatitis, Cancer and other physical disease patterns.
Acupuncture is the medical practice of inserting needles into specific “Acupoints” for the purpose of maintaining health or treating disease. Acupoints are specific locations found on established meridians which course the length and breadth of the body. The meridians home to particular organs or run specific trajectories within the body. “Meridian and Point theory” is the base model used in all fields of Oriental Medicine including acupuncture, chinese herbalism, oriental massage, Tai Qi, Qi Gong and other modalities.