It has been cited in many studies that those suffering from depression: feeling sadness or hopelessness plays a significant role in patients who suffer from other chronic diseases . In a breast cancer study the woman suffering from depression had the fewest natural killer cells. It is believed that part of the job of these cells is to fight cancer by patrolling the body for tumors starting to grow. The depressed patients had fewer of these cells, and also had tumors spreading more quickly to different parts of the body.
How to keep our fight? Acupuncture and Chinese herbs strengthen immunity. The Lung in Chinese medical theory is responsible for our Wei Qi , which literally translates as fighting Qi. It is responsible for keeping our immunity strong and fighting off exogenous pathogens. The lung is directly affected by grief and sadness. It is very helpful to keep the lung meridian strengthened when one suffers from sadness or grief in order to stave off more serious diseases.
In my practice I see patients with low grade depression everyday. I treat both the heart and lung meridian. Heart signs and symptoms include insomnia and anxiety and a feeling of flatness.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work very well to help combat depression and strengthen our immunity to fight disease. Come in and feel better. Call 802-859-8900 310 Pine St. Burlington Vt. 05401