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■Melancholy and anxiety

Anxiety neurosis is a common name for a disease called "anxiety" that comes from psychogenic factors. Strong anxiety triggers physical disorders such as stifling, sweating, and tremors that interfere with daily life.

Stress disease is mainly related to the liver, which regulates the autonomic nervous system and regulates blood flow. "Liver" does not function unless "ki" and "blood" are sufficient. In addition, since "liver" is involved in the adjustment of blood flow, when under stress, further "blood" is insufficient. When emotions are suppressed due to external mental stimulation, the function of the autonomic nervous system of the "liver" does not work well, and various symptoms such as anger and irritation occur. In addition, mental symptoms occur when the brain (mental activity) of the "heart" does not work well.

In Oriental medicine, "depression" is called "depressive evidence". "Depressive" is a state in which the mental balance is lost from mental oppression and the flow of "qi" in the body does not flow smoothly due to the influence, and a depressed mood continues. The mechanism by which "depressive evidence" occurs is complex, but the most important are damage to the three organs of the liver, spleen, and heart and agitatosis.

In Oriental medicine, we did not separate the symptoms of the mind from the symptoms of the body, and thought that various mental symptoms would come out with the ataxia of the body's components and functions. Therefore, in the book of the old Chinese medicine, along with the symptoms of the body, such as fever, urine, constipation, diarrhea, palpitations, shallow breathing, sweat, etc., mental symptoms such as restlessness, depression, easy to sleep, to say the wow, etc. are written. The current medical treatment in the psychiatry department is the one that the symptom of the body is treated by the internal medicine and other physical departments, the symptom of the spirit is taken up exclusively, and the diagnosis and treatment are done to it.

We recommend that you do what you can without relying on medicine. Do you know the hormone "serotonin"? Serotonin is a mediator that regulates the balance of the mind, also known as the "happiness hormone." It is said that the lack of serotonin can cause violence or develop depression. Serotonin in the body is in the small intestine by more than 90%, and it helps digestion, but serotonin, which exists in only 2% of the brain, has a significant effect on the stability of the human mind. Serotonin has been known to increase or decrease depending on lifestyle.

Serotonin is secreted during the sun's time, and it is known that secretion decreases at night and during sleep, so it is a good idea to keep early hours. When exposed to sunshine, the secretion of melatonin, a sleep hormone, stops, and the secretion of serotonin, which promotes brain alertness, is activated. If you live a day-night reversal, the balance between serotonin and melatonin secretion and the internal clock will go wrong, which makes you insomnia and prone to depression.

It seems to be effective in serotonin secretion when a simple exercise which ticks a constant rhythm is used. According to a researcher at the University of Vermont, a 20-minute workout can make you feel better for about 12 hours afterwards. It is also recommended to do skinship with important people. It is said that skinship with trusted people, such as family and lovers, is effective in increasing serotonin.

It is also good to eat foods containing tryptophan. An important material for producing serotonin is a substance called tryptophan, but this tryptophan cannot be produced in the human body and needs to be supplemented with food. The good one among them is nuts. According to a study by the American Scientific Association, 20 subjects were told to avoid nuts, and 22 were instructed to eat nut-heavy meals. After 12 weeks of experiments, the group that ate nuts said that serotonin levels were higher. Other than nuts, pineapples, plums and tomatoes also increase serotonin levels. Foods including Tryptophan include meat, seafood, cheese, sesame seeds, natto, noodles, rice and bread.

It is also good to meditate. Research shows that meditation can lower blood pressure and increase serotonin levels. It seems to improve the symptoms of depression by meditation of only 30 minutes. This is a study by John Hopkins University.

It is also good to get a massage. Researchers at the University of Miami's Faculty of Pharmacy conducted a comprehensive review of more than 12 studies on massage therapy and concluded that by affecting human biochemistry, they can effectively address anxiety and depression. In several consecutive studies, a survey of about 500 adult men and women with depression and anxiety showed that massage therapy reduced the level of cortisol in subjects by about 53 percent and increased serotonin levels.

 
     
     
     
 

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