Are you Depressed? Chinese Herbs can help.

Depression is a major health problem in the United States. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention...

"25 million Americans suffer from depression each year.

  • Over 50 percent of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression. If one includes alcoholics who are depressed, this figure rises to over 75 percent.
  • Depression affects nearly 5-8 percent of Americans ages 18 and over in a given year.
  • More Americans suffer from depression than coronary heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS."

In addition, millions of Americans are taking antidepressant medications and are struggling with the side effects or struggling to get off antidepressants altogether:

"Antidepressants are not harmless; they commonly cause emotional numbing, sexual problems like a lack of desire or erectile dysfunction and weight gain. Long-term users report in interviews a creeping unease that is hard to measure: Daily pill-popping leaves them doubting their own resilience, they say."

“We’ve come to a place, at least in the West, where it seems every other person is depressed and on medication,” said Edward Shorter, a historian of psychiatry at the University of Toronto. “You do have to wonder what that says about our culture.” (The New York Times)

Chinese culture, on the other hand, has been relying for centuries upon the herbal formula Xiao Yao Wan to treat depression. In Chinese Medicine terms, depression is caused by something called Liver Qi Stagnation. Liver Qi Stagnation can cause anger, irritability, depression, or emotional outbursts.

Here are some reviews of Free and Easy Wanderer (Xiao Yao Wan) from Amazon.com:

"Absolutely love it! I've tried everything for treating my depression/PMS. Lexapro, ignoring it, changing my diet, meditation - this is the only stuff that works, and works very affordably. Seriously, it manages my symptoms and treats the source."

"These tiny teapills are very helpful with depression. I am glad a friend suggested them. My stomach is very sensitive, and I haven't had any issues with this product."

"Love these little pills. I have used these for a while for my constant mood swings and depression. These are so much better than taking other chemicals with harmful side effects."

"I was taking this due to a suggestion from a family friend who is an acupuncturist. Told it would help with my intense mood at that time of the month. It did more than that! I have always had some depression. It took away my sadness. To be fair I had a very physically active life at the time I took it. In June of 2017 I was diagnosed with an illness that required opioids & very little activity. I have since had surgery. I am on the mend. As soon as I stop the meds I will resume taking this & only this. I told my therapist once I don’t get depressed. It was true when I added this supplement to my diet. If you suffer from melancholy this really will help."

"I don't know what I would do without this stuff!! I stopped taking my anti-depressant and now take this because it works better, FOR ME. I also rescued a boxer (dog) who was severely abused and therefore somewhat aggressive. This really helped to calm her nerves. In fact, she even likes my cats now!!"

"I absolutely LOVE these pills! My acupuncturist recommended them-I was going through horrible problems due to long term use of birth control (NEVER TAKE THAT POISON!!!): depression,acne,anxiety,stress,emotional mood swings,missed periods,foggy head,panic attacks,weight fluctuation,you name it,I had it. I only take four pills daily,have only taken it a week,but I feel the OLD ME! Happy,energetic,focused,motivated,clear headed,calm,my acne is nearly gone,my skin glows and my friend said my eyes are clearer.Obviously the Chinese have used these herbs for centuries for a reason!"

And here are some reviews of Xiao Yao Wan (EaseTonic™) from ActiveHerb.com:

"The perfect supplement for those have anxious depression who do not want the side effects!!! I am a western medicine practitioner; anxiety and depression are the two most common mood disorders in clinical encounters. I, myself, is one of those who suffer from these two conditions. I personally have tried many different antidepressants; however, the side effects were troublesome; therefore, I had to quit taking them, just like many of my patients did. After faithfully taking this supplement for two weeks, I started feeling an improvement in my mood and energy level without any side effects. Thank you so much for providing this awesome product!"

"I'm very happy with your product. My acupuncturist recommended the Xiao Yao Wan supplement. It helps me to relax and let go of negative feelings. I've seen a big difference in my mood when I do not take them."

"Life changing. I was recommended this supplement by my Acupuncturist. I have tried numerous medications for anxiety and depression, but I always ended up quitting them due to the side effects. Xiao Yao Pian helps alleviate my PMS symptoms and helps keep my mind at ease. I have been taking this supplement for 4 months now and I have had no side effects, only great results that have improved my day to day life tremendously. I would highly recommend this product."

"This formulation works for depression. I finished the first bottle of Xiao Yao Pian and has recover me out of a deep depression. Antidepressants have helped me, but over time, in addition to side effects, only allow me to recover but with much indifference. I'm combining antidepressants with this formulation and my feelings have returned. Also the side effects of antidepressants have decreased. This agrees with the results of the research "Chinese Herbal Formula Xiao Yao San for Treatment of Depression: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials" Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 931636, 13 pages. Thanks a lot."

"My happy pills. I have really been struggling with some life events and depression. At first i bought these only to help with PMS. They work so great I'm taking then twice a day everyday to help with depression. I didn't want to take a chemical and these work wonderfully."

"My daughter who is studying holistic medicine recommended this herb for my depression. This herb keeps me well balanced emotionally with no side effects. I have taken doctor recommended drugs and hated the side effects. Xiao yao wan works for me!!"

"Very helpful. I have been under a high amount of stress lately which negatively impacted my health. This ease tonic has contributed to me feeling more balanced and energetic."

"Amazing results! The initial reason I started taking this a month ago was for stomach cramps. Sometime within that month I also felt less depression. Even though I have been going through life challenges I notice I feel more positive. I'm handling my emotions better. I then realized this herb was the only thing that I was doing different. I'm convinced this herb is the reason."

"I can't believe how much this product is helping (along with acupuncture 2-4 x/month). I sought help for anxiety and depression and the weight is really lifting. My panic attacks are gone. GONE. My general anxiety is almost a thing of the past. A totally unexpected result was ... well now I'd say an 80% reduction in TMJ, intense jaw tension is been living with for over 15 years. It really started to disappear when I started these pills. You will be amazed."

"I take Jia Wei Xiao Yao [another form of Xiao Yao Wan] everyday (6-12; started w/ 15) & it works great for major depression & hot flashes."

"Works Great! I purchased this as I am withdrawing from anti-depressants that I have been on for a couple of decades. It worked great the first week and then leveled off which is the only reason I gave it four starts, otherwise I would have given it 5! It is still maintaining but the occasional valley is to be expected after being on the medication for so long. I think given what I am using it for, it is doing a phenomenal job!"

"Remarkable Herb: Proper use of this herb has enabled me to cope with a long journey back from an injury compounded by neurological and cognitive issues which caused deep depression, high sensitivity to stress and a distraction of my normal healthful and fit presence which has been the norm throughout my life. Having never been a candidate for medication of any sort, I embraced TCM through acupuncture, Tui Na massage and herbs with great focus on physical activity and balance."

Other mental health imbalances can also be properly treated using other Chinese Herbs with the help of a Chinese Herbalist.