Talk about an AMAZING herbal formula that treats a large realm of symptoms. Can you find any “one” prescription in Western medicine that can treat both DEPRESSION and/or HEMORRHOIDS? How is this possible? In Chinese medicine we do not treat the symptom—but instead, we treat the imbalance causing the symptom to occur. The pattern responsible for both hemorrhoids and depression in TCM is Spleen Qi Sinking.
The spleen channel energy has many functions.
- Transforms food and fluids from the stomach
- Controls the blood
- Controls the muscles and the four limbs
- Controls the rising of qi—which holds organs up
- Controls thoughts
Spleen Qi Sinking is caused by excessive Spleen Qi Deficiency. Hemorrhoids occur when spleen qi is not strong enough to hold the blood in the vessels. A patient who complains of depression with the pattern of Spleen Qi Sinking may describe their emotions with words such as “down in the dumps,” unable to “lift” their spirits, or feelings of heavy-heartedness.
Bu Zhong Yi Qi Pian—SP 201 is the classic formula for Spleen Qi Sinking. This formula treats an array of symptoms that fall under the same pattern.
Recently I had a 67-year-old female patient present in my office for the treatment of depression. There can be many causes for depression in TCM, so I did a thorough evaluation to come up with a pattern diagnoses. By the end of the initial intake, I found an array of symptoms that led me to believe she had Spleen Qi Deficiency along with Spleen Qi Sinking.
- Depression for most of her life
- Hemorrhoids during childbearing years and beyond
- Vaginal prolapse
- Bloating, gas, and digestive disorders
- Weight problems over the years
- Heavy achy limbs
- Low energy
- Slippery pulse
- Scalloped edges on her tongue
Here is a picture of one of her first graphs:
I treated her weekly with acupuncture for the first four weeks, then once every two weeks for the next four weeks. She took Bu Zhong Yi Qi Pian—201SP for the entire treatment cycle.
Here is what her final graph looked like.
After two months of treatment, and three months of Bu Zhong Yi Qi Pian—201 SP, she informed me that she is doing great—depression is gone, digestion is better, and hemorrhoids are doing better than they have for years. With one simple AcuHerb formula she was able to avoid anti-depressants and Preparation H! Just like I said… AMAZING!
Kimberly Thompson, L.Ac.
Acupuncture Research Analyst
Miridia Technology Inc.