Acupuncture and Chinese medicine help
anxiety, bipolar, depression, fatigue, hand shaking.
My name is Sandy and I have known the
Dr. Wu for many years. I have bipolar, depression, anxiety for many
many years. I am taking 4 different psychiatric medicines. They help
me under control for certain points. But I still have severe panic
attack in my life. Dr. Wu is wonderful. I came in today because I
have been suffering with panic attacks for the last two weeks. I
was actually having an attack as I was being treated and within 5
minutes or so I began to feel myself calming down. My breathing
slowed down and I felt normal again, at last. What a wonderful
feeling. The Dr. Wu is absolutely fabulous.
In Chinese medicine, there are two major types of material medica
can help to calm the spirit.
to nourish the heart and calm the
to settle the mind and calm the spirit
In Chinese medicine, due to disturb the function of the Yin and Yang
of heart spirit and liver organs, kidney. The pathogenesis, which
resulting in the irritability and insomnia.
When the spirit-mind is disturbed. The most clinical manifestation
will be palpitation, insomnia, restlessness, sleepiness, appetite
change, repeated questioning, awaking fatigue, constant attention,
difficulty concentration, self-depression, diaphoresis, lack of
initiative, helpless, dysuria, belching, vomiting, difficulty
swallowing, nausea, cold with clampy hands, diarrhea or
constipation, flushing or pallor, dry mouth, etc. agitation, fright
The pathogenesis of stress and insomnia is:
extreme excess of heart fire
internal disturbance due to the exopathogensis Qi
disturbing of heart spirit due to excessive yang of liver and heart
disnourising of heart spirit due to deficiency of Yin blood
disconnection between heart and kidney due to excessive heart fire
Most of the minerals or shells or seeds of plants is to settle the
mind and calm the spirit such as Cishi, Longchi, and Zhenzhumu.
The heart and liver in Chinese medicine control the human spirit,
thinking activity, consciousness. The plant seeds herbs mostly are
used to nourish and replenish the heart and liver, so they own the
function of calm and spirit and nourishing heart.
The character of plant herb such as semen Ziziphi Spinosae ( Suan
Zao Ren), Semen Biotae Orientalis ( Bai Zi ren), radix Polygalae
Tenuifoliae ( Yuan Zhi), Cortex Albizziae Julibrissin ( He Huan pi),
caulis Polygoni Multiflori ( ye Jiao teng), is moisturized and move
slowly, so some time they are also has the tonic function to nourish
the heart and sedative the spirit, especially apply for the Yin and
blood deficiency and deficient type of insomnia.
Because the character of heaviness and downward nature of metal and
stone herbs, the heavy mineral herbs mostly are used to settle the
mind and calm the spirit.
However, the minerals herbs such as Zhu Sha ( Cinnabaris), magnetite
( Ci shi), concha Ostrease ( Mu Li), dragon teeth, Concha
Margoritifera Usta ( Zhen zhu mu), Fluoritum ( Zi shi Ying),
Succinum ( hu po), Haematitum (dai Zhe Shi) are liable to harm
stomach Qi, therefore minerals herb only allow to take a short
period of time.
To overcome the side effect of mineral herbs, Chinese Doctor will
add some herbs of nourishing stomach and replenishing spleen to
prevent the injury. The mineral substances is hard and difficulty to
break up, so breaking into small pieces is necessary for the
preparation. it is easy to release the helpful chemical ingredients
into the tea during cooking.
Moreover, the heavy metal substance hard to dissolve, so when
prepare the decoction, we should precook it for 40 minutes to 2
hours, then add other ingredients to cook, it will guarantee the
elements to release.
However some of the toxic substance such as Zhu Sha should not be
used today even they are good for so many diseases. The restless of
heart spirit frequently combines the syndrome of excess and
deficiency. So to apply the Chinese medicine should consider
different etiology, mechanism of diseases. For example, deficiency
of blood and yin should combine the tonic blood and nourished yin
together. Upward of liver yang used to combine balance liver and
reserved the yang.