How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Benefit Your Mental Health

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Benefit Your Mental Health

It is estimated that one in five Australians – roughly five million people – have suffered from mental health issues over the past year. Mental illnesses are far more than feeling sad or stressed, as they can have debilitating effects on our cognition and emotional balance, but conventional medications often have distressing side effects. These factors have lead to the popularity of holistic therapies such as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), but are they effective?

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Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Depression and Anxiety

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) for Depression and Anxiety

A common view of depression and anxiety is that they are purely biological, caused by a chemical imbalance. However, psychological trauma can play a key role in their development. Often, we must help patients heal trauma, so they can heal from depression. One intervention proving to be very effective in these situations is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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How chronic illness effects mental health

How chronic illness effects mental health

Being under the load of a chronic health issue is emotionally and psychologically stressful in the extreme. It creates a lot of uncertainty and fear about how we will cope. Our brains have been designed over millions of years to identify and ward off threats, but it really struggles to identify between external threats to our well being and those that come from within (worry). This deep concern about the impacts of a chronic health issue is an internal threat that needs to be managed a different way, not with the fight, flight or freeze response. The body and mind are stressed enough. It doesn’t need our defence system switching on to fight an invisible foe.

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How adrenal stress can impact thyroid function

How adrenal stress can impact thyroid function

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland that sits at the front of our throats. It contributes to a wide range of physical and mental processes, including weight control, mood, cognition, and menstruation. The Australian Thyroid Foundation lists the causes of thyroid disorders as iodine deficiency, infections, genetics, autoimmune disease, nodules, and tumors. However, from a holistic perspective, adrenal stress may be another contributor to poor thyroid function. 

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