Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and its view on treatment for various Psychological disorders.

Last update 5-5-2017

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One thing I am discovering in TCM school is that it has special acupuncture points that may assist psychological problems. Having taken psychology courses in college, the mind has always been a fascination for me. Especially in helping others deal with depression, anxiety, and other emotional imbalances. A big part is trying to recognize them in myself as well and counter balance them. Having training in mindfulness meditation, I have always felt that when the Qi (life force) is balanced, having a healthy lifestyle including meditation practice will help personal psychology and mental well being.

Anxiety and Depression in Chinese Medicine:

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Nutrition Info: Chinese Dietary Therapy

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TCM view as emotions as internal cause of disease.
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Last week we discussed the 15 or so Luo “Collateral pathways”.

In the class it was discussed that not only do these points treat disorders of interior-exterior relation to the channel of the Zang-fu organs (solid and hollow organs in the body), but they also are effective in treating psycho-emotional disorders. In TCM there is no separation of mind and body, so the view is that a disharmony in a internal organ in Lung, large intestine, Stomach, spleen affect the psyche, while heart , Small intestines, Urinary and Kidney affect social skills, and Pericardium, Triple burner, Gall bladder, and Liver affect your sense of self-preservation (ego I suppose).

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So here is a list of a few common imbalances that affect the body and mind and then I will discuss the collateral points afterward.

Plum Pit qi: blocked constriction in the throat due to Qi stagnation, emotional problems and/or anxiety.

Restless zhang disorder: TCM term for emotional disorders resulting in long term over thinking, worry that in time damages the spleen, heart, and Liver. It can arise with unpredictable behavior and emotional problems.

Bi syndromes: pathogens wind/cold/damp get into tendons, bones, causing numbness and soreness.

Lin disorders: urinary dribbling, pain, kidney stones.

Running Piglet disorder: TCM for “Panic attack” stagnant liver qi condition, the qi will rise abruptly and interfere with the heart causing heart palpitations, anxiety, fear, and dizziness.

Shan Disorder- TCM term for hernia disorders, external genitalia, swelling pain, abdominal pain, present with stagnation issues like weak constitution and difficulty urinating.

Steaming Bone disorder- TCM term for deep internal heat arising from yin deficiency. Heat that comes from the bones.

Wasting and thirsting disorder- TCM term for Diabetes, frequent urination, excessive thirst and hunger. Omaciation (abnormally thin and weak.)

Luo collateral points: Discussion more of the psychological rather than physical for sake of the blog topic.

Lung 7 point: is an important point in treating headache and neck pain.
Psychologically: it relates to sense perception.
Excess: Hypersensitive people to environment and emotions.
Deficient: Persons who are constantly bored.

Large intestine 6: treats edema and regulation of the water passages.
Psychologically: relates to the process of stimulation.
Excess: Heightened need for repetitive due to over stimulation (ex. grinding teeth).
Deficient: inability to digest and assimilate.

Stomach 40- essential in assisting the transformation of phlegm when spleen is impaired.
Psychologically: having emotional responses to stimuli (likes/dislikes).
Excess: mental disorders like manic depression, bipolar, persons emotions overtake them.
Deficient: having lack of destination or goals.
rebellious: sudden hoarseness or aphasia.

Spleen 4- harmonizes the functions of stomach and intestines.
Psychologically: relates to memory and images.
Excess: represents habituation (doing the same thing everyday).
Deficient: habituation with addiction (feels like lost control over daily routine interruptions).
Rebellious: dehydration.

Heart 5: stiffness of tongue and speech.
Psychologically: going out to the world to meet people.
Excess: chest pain from the experience of betrayal.
Deficient: aphasia because the betrayal is so bad, no words can express thought.

Small intestines 7- regulates and calms the mind.
Psychologically: experience of getting feedback, social relationship to self identity.
Excess: emotional stiffening from not taking criticism well.
Deficient: inability to assimilate social skills.

Urinary bladder 58- treat kidney and cold in lower body.
Psychologically: ‘alarm’ system and triggers “panic”.
Excess: blurred vision because doesn’t want to see.
Deficient: having a lot of boundaries in social opinions, being obsessed with others think.

Kidney 4- treats palpitations, restless, and agitation.
Excess; combination of both panic in social situations and obsession.
Deficient: state of paranoia.
rebellious: restlessness, anxiety, fear, and depression.

Pericardium 6- nausea and vomiting.
Excess: inability to control emotions, hysteria.
Deficient: restlessness, irritability, losing the way to interact with people.

Triple burner 5- pain in elbow, influence Qi in head.
Excess: representing severe rigidity emotionally and psychologically.
Deficient: state of severe indifference to what happens to self.

Gall Bladder 37– eye and liver disharmony.
Excess: cannot see options.
Deficient: feeling of severe loneliness with no place to go. (hopeless, homeless).

Liver 5- treats disorders of the genitals.
Excess: someone who is disconnected from reality, talking to themselves, living in fantasy.
Deficient: someone who is schizophrenic.

Spleen 21- Great Lou collateral for both physical and emotional pain and lack of will to live.
Excess: whole body pain.
Deficient: whole body weakness and atrophy.

In conclusion, though acupuncture is more well known to treat pain, there is also a psychological approach to healing the patient. What I will want to do more is research what kinds of studies have been done on treating psychological disorders with acupuncture. It is a future study I personally would like to do in the future on this as well on PTSD soldiers, veterans, athletes with concussion history, etc.

Sun Simiao’s 13 Ghost Points (mental illness)

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SaAm acupuncture and Mindpath meridianology:
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more:
Psychology Acupoint Stimulation Research Review.pdf

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