Depression (Dian)

Acupuncture point treatment




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Depressive Psychosis – Dian

Depressed mental state, lack of facial expression, quiet, slow reactions, slow-incoherent speech, lack of physical drive. 


Phlegm & Qi Stagnation

                depressed, slow, sighing, worry, poor appetite

                T – thin greasy coat, P – wiry, slippery,

                PT – regulate Qi and eliminate phlegm to open the mind cavity

                Acupuncture- BL 18, LV 3, BL 20, ST 40, BL 15, HT 7

                                - Hallucinations – BL 1                       

- Hearing Things –SI 19                     

- Sad/crying – LU 9

Spleen Qi deficiency with accumulation of Phlegm

                Depressed, dull expression, minimal talking, soft stool, more slow and dull than phlegm and Qi                    stag., T – pale swollen, thick white greasy coat, P – weak, soft, slippery

                PT – nourish spleen to eliminate phlegm

                Acupuncture – foot yangming, front mu and back shu, BL 20, ST 40, ST 36,  BL 15, HT 7

                                - Poor appetite – PC 6

Deficient Heart and Spleen

                More heart symptoms than above, insomnia, palpitations, depressed, dull expression, minimal   talking, soft stools, T – white coat, pale, P – weak, thin

                PT – nourish heart and spleen to calm mind

                Acupuncture – hand shao yin, foot tai yin and back shu, BL 20, SP 6, ST 36, BL 15, HT 7

Yin deficiency with deficient Fire

                Easily gets upset, easily shocked, talks excessively (not loud), general emaciation, red cheeks,   insomnia, thirsty, T – red, dry, scanty coat, P – thin, rapid

                PT – nourish yin, descend fire to calm spirit

                Acupuncture – foot tai yin, hand jue yin, BL 23, KI 3, BL 15, HT 7, PC 7, SP 6



Alternative treatment methods
                auricular – heart, sub cortex, occipital, frontal, shen men, kidney

                Electrical – Du 20, Yin Tang,  Du 26, HT 5, ST 40 – alternating current

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