We often associate Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with holistic treatments that target physical ailments. But TCM practitioners also believe that mental and physical wellness are closely linked, and TCM treatments can in fact help alleviate mental disorders.
“Disruptions to mental health occur when vital organs such as the heart and liver are out of balance. Signs of this typically include anxiety, disrupted sleep, and frequent mood swings, which point to the need to address the underlying root cause of one’s chronic mental health concerns,” shares TCM physician Leong Weizhen, 35, who is the CEO of Oriental Remedies Group.
“Overall, the organs that are closely related to mental health are the heart, liver, and spleen (in TCM terms, not conventional organs).”
Trained in both TCM and Biomedical Sciences, her passion for TCM stems from the creativity needed in treating patients. “In TCM, with any given body constitution, there are many creative ways to combine herbal medications to help patients feel better faster,” she tells us. “This flexibility and creativity and a lifetime of improving my medical knowledge to help patients is something I enjoy.
She shares more nuggets on how TCM can be used to mitigate mental disorders including postpartum depression, the types of treatments available, common misconceptions, and more.