Relieving Anxiety with Chinese Medicine

Anxiety is a normal human condition that most people will experience in their life and is often a normal response to stress. However, when anxiety repeatedly interferes with your daily life, to the point where it is prolonged or out of proportion with the cause, that's a sign that you may need help from a professional. Some people turn to Traditional Chinese Medicine to help them relieve anxiety. Dr. Angela Warburton exaplins different patterns of anxiety and what Chinese medicine usually recommends.

Traditional Chinese Medicine used to relieve anxiety

Blood Deficiencies

Blood nourishes our bodies, delivers nutrients and oxygen to our cells and removes waste products. When the blood is depleted, our system is not getting enough nourishment.

We may see this in things like anemia — which is very common in women — but it will also show up with other signs in the body.

Symptoms and signs to look for:

Food recommended by Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Qi Energy Deficient

Qi (pronounced “ch-ee”) can be loosely translated into energy and vitality. Everything we do from thinking to getting through our daily life, to all the things like digestion and pumping blood through our system take energy. When we get depleted we start to run on overdrive and our system doesn't have the proper energy to run smoothly.

Symptoms and signs to look for:

Food recommended by Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Yin Energy Deficient

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yin can be equated to our parasympathetic nervous system. It is the place where we rest, digest and heal.

"Jing" in Traditional Chinese Medicine is like our bank account of energy or emergency fund, and when we don't take time to rest properly, it's like dipping into that fund $20 at a time until we're in overdraft.

Symptoms and signs to look for:

These symptoms can often show up around menopause in women (which is common but not normal).

Food recommended by Traditional Chinese Medicine: