Acupuncture in the Treatment of Depression: A Manual for by Rosa N. Schnyer, John J. B. Allen PhD, Sabrina K. Hitt PhD,

By Rosa N. Schnyer, John J. B. Allen PhD, Sabrina K. Hitt PhD, Rachel Manber PhD, Ted J. Kaptchuk OMD, Michael E. Thase MD

This pioneering publication unites either western and conventional chinese language medication to offer a step by step method for comparing and treating melancholy with acupuncture. utilizing research-oriented trials, it addresses primary concerns in acupuncture study and gives instructions for the layout of acupuncture remedy stories.

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Liver qi stagnation affects, in turn, other functions of the liver such as storing the blood and regulating digestion. It may also manifest as a blockage along the pathway of the liver channel (which traverses the pelvis, abdomen, chest, throat, gingiva, and head). Depending on the viability of the organ systems in a particular individual, liver depression qi stagnation" may affect the functions of other viscera and bowels. The combination of liver depression with predisposing factors precipitates, in turn, the cascade of disease mechanisms that characterizes each distinct pattern of disharmony present during depression.

In that sense, shen refers to the Western concept of 'mind' (Wiseman & Feng 1998). In Chinese Medicine shen represents the accumulation of qi and blood in the heart; sufficient qi and blood accumulating in the heart are necessary to give rise to consciousness or spirit (Schnyer & Flaws 1998). Because shen is considered to have a material basis, its importance in medicine is not independent of the body. Kaptchuk (1983) refers to shen Chinese Medicine Theory 41 as the capacity of the mind to form ideas and the desire of the personality to live life.

There is, however, evidence that treatments that alter biological rhythms, such as sleep deprivation, decreasing time spent in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and receiving light therapy, can relieve symptoms in many depressed individuals (Shelton et al 1991). These findings led to the development of the dysregulation hypothesis of depression. Depression as Dysregulation Individuals have 'zeitgebers' (time-givers): personal relationships, social demands, and behaviors that keep biological rhythms regulated normally.

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