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TCM for Depression, Panic, anxiety and OCD

Are there any traditional Chinese medicine practitioners on here that can recommend some herbs to rid me of my depression, panic,/anxiety and OCD?

I'm currently working with a homeopath but he is not well versed in TCM. 2 weeks ago when I began treatment he advised me to stop taking the TCM mood elevator (by Natures Sunshine) so as to avoid any possible interference with the homeopathic remedies he put me on. So then in turn I immediately stopped cold turkey the herbs. Slowly but surely I began feeling worsening syptoms of my depression/anxiety to where I started having these horrible panic attacks. It soon dawned on me that it was probably due in fact to my stopping cold Turkey of my mood elevator. So I started back up on the mood elevator and Chinese stress relief and I immediately began to feel a lot better.

With that said, is there anyone that could recommend TCM herbs for depression coupled with anxiety/panic and OCD?

Age 30
  nicodemo on 2010-11-16
This is just a forum. Assume posts are not from medical professionals.
It does sound like the herbs are only palliating your condition though. Are you not keen to get the symptoms cured?

If I am treating mental health cases, I do not ask them to stop any medication that is palliating their symptoms until I am sure they are able to cope with it. This might mean one of two conditions:

1. the homoeopathic medicine has clearly begun to cure the underlying cause.

2. the patient feels comfortable reducing their medication to a level they can cope with.

I would never ask a client to go cold turkey off anything that is clearly controlling symptoms that they cannot cope with.

I would however discuss the options of reducing the dose. When something is effectively suppressing symptoms but not curing them, it makes it very difficult to select a good homoeopathic remedy - we need clear symptoms to do so. However sometimes a patient with a good memory for their symptoms can get around this for us.

I work with a number of TCM practitioners in my clinic. I have not found it beneficial for a client to use both types of therapies simultaneously. However there is no problem with them alternating treatments as long as there is ongoing improvement.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Hmmm, you know, you may be right with regard to the homeopathic remedy beginning to work its magic. I started a new homeopathic remedy last Wednesday (Pulsatilla) then that coming Friday is when I had the panic attack.

And to answer your first question, yes I do wish to get cured instead of suppressing the symptoms with conventional meds.
nicodemo last decade

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