How does TCM deal with depression?


According to traditional Chinese medicine, anxiety/stress/depression is caused by an imbalance within organ systems that results in dysregulation of the brain function influenced by a variety of pathological mechanisms.

It may be caused by stagnation of Qi (vital energy), dysregulation of blood circulation, excessive of inner heat, dampness and phlegm. The root cause often lies on Liver, Heart andor Spleen which are the key organ systems that govern the emotional balance.

A TCM practitioner typically identifies the principal cause of depression that is unique to each patient and adopts an acupuncture or medical treatment to release the stagnated vital energy, supplemented by activating blood circulation, suppressing inflammation, or by eliminating phlegm and dampness.

Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and Depression

What Causes Anxiety and Depression?

  • The post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stems from a terrifying event, violent assault, military combat, accident or a natural disaster
  • Often triggered by life events such as financial -, relationship -, and family problems
  • In general, the exact cause for anxiety disorder is largely unknown. But it is not the result of poor upbringing or personal weakness
  • Mostly caused by a combination of factors including changes in the brain and environmental stress

What are the benefits of TCM?

  • Soothes the liver and clears the liver qi stagnation
  • Harmonizes the interdependent functioning of heart and kidney
  • Revitalizes your energy levels
  • Improves sleep
  • Non-toxic nature of treatment
  • Holistic treatment plan for body, mind & lifestyle


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Coaching offers a supportive and strategic approach by providing individuals with personalized tools and techniques to navigate life’s challenges. Coaches work collaboratively with clients to set achievable goals, identify limiting beliefs, and develop practical strategies for overcoming the symptoms. This dynamic process fosters self-discovery, resilience, and a proactive mindset, enabling individuals to build the necessary skills and mindset to effectively manage and reduce anxiety and depression symptoms in various aspects of their lives. Our Science-based intensive mental fitness program is effective in addressing the root cause of the symptoms by empowering your mind to identify what triggers your emotions and symptoms, know and prevent the behaviors that sabotage you and know yourself on a deeper level.

The intensive mental fitness program trains your mind and develops the part of your brain to be more aware and focus on positivity in life, giving you the capacity to empathize, explore, innovate and develop creative and active ways to win over your saboteurs and therefore address the underlying causes of anxiety and depression.

Integrative Energy Healing

Anxiety and Depression

Our integrated approach incorporates Reiki, a profound healing practice rooted in Japanese tradition, and sound therapy, a highly effective method for realigning the body’s vibrations to improve mental health.

Reiki works by balancing the body’s energy flow, known as “qi,” through hands-on techniques. It helps clear unwanted negative energy and promotes the influx of positive energy into the body.

Sound therapy, on the other hand, has been practiced for thousands of years and is currently experiencing a resurgence in popularity. By utilizing specific sounds and vibrations, it helps to harmonize the mind and body, addressing mental health issues and promoting overall well-being.

During our sessions, clients experience deep relaxation through a combination of Reiki, sound therapy, breathing exercises, and meditation. This profound sense of relaxation often extends to their sleep, allowing for restful nights. Moreover, this holistic approach aims to uncover the underlying causes of clients’ issues, addressing them at their root for long-term healing.

By combining the therapeutic powers of Reiki and sound therapy, our approach offers clients a comprehensive and transformative healing experience.


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Our TCM doctors specialize in a nonconventional and integrated approach that goes beyond the traditional Western methods. With the combined use of the 5 element-acupuncture, herbal remedies, cupping, moxibustion, singing bowl and other modalities, they restore imbalances in the body that are usually the root cause of these symptoms.

What sets our TCM doctors apart is their mastery and experience not just in Chinese medicine but also in the fields of mental wellness, fertility and women’s health. By leveraging the years of knowledge that they have acquired in these fields, they are able to successfully provide guidance and healing to women who are undergoing infertility trauma, post menstrual syndrome, menopausal symptoms, hormonal imbalances and more.

With their specialized knowledge, our doctors can tailor treatments that not only alleviate symptoms but also address underlying factors contributing to the mental health challenges. This comprehensive approach showcases the versatility of TCM in promoting overall well-being, making it a valuable and effective option for those seeking alternatives to conventional Western approaches.

Success Stories: Real Stories, Real Solutions

I’ve been going to Oriental Health for 6 months for accupuncture and Dr. Michelle has helped improve my overall well being. I’ve always had trouble falling asleep, but this significantly got better with her help. Thank you to Dr. Michelle and the team for always treating me with attention and care!
Christine Koh
I came to Balance Health because I wanted to treat my anxiety and insomnia. Through a combination of acupuncture and counseling, Dr. Zhang helped me realign my mind and body so that they could nourish each other again. With this new understanding, I have not only been restored to myself, but also been given tools and advice on how to continue my wellness journey. I’m forever grateful to Michelle.
Nida S
I first started seeing Dr Michelle when I wasn’t feeling great after living in Hong Kong for 4 years and the stress of the lifestyle had just left me feeling exhausted. Seeing Dr Michelle was a turning point for me and after only one treatment I felt significantly better and then I had a series of regular treatments with her because her work is so nurturing plus now I have had the energy to restore my health after her treatments.
Megan Ireland
Michelle is an extremely thoughtful and caring acupuncturist who is dedicated to a holistic approach of treatment by taking into account all intricate aspects of our daily lives. Michelle made me feel so comfortable during my sessions that it allowed me to speak openly about my conditions. My treatment plan was thoughtfully curated as I was suffering from insomnia and anxiety. My weekly treatments significantly improved my overall quality of life as I finally started sleeping more soundly. This new found rest aided in quieting my anxious mind and I’m so thankful to Michelle for helping to restore my homeostasis.
Melissa C.

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