By Jennifer Blacklock R.Ac.
There is a distinct difference in the treatment approaches to anxiety in terms of Western and Eastern medicine. In the West, one approach is to medicate the person so they do not feel the anxiety; another is to “talk it through” in order to gain some kind of psychological understanding for the basis of the emotion. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), anxiety is the mind creating “wrong” thinking. Your mind receives information from the external world and then you process it, based on what you know from your past. You try to analyze what will happen in the future and your limited knowledge and narrowed vision cause you to see something you don’t want to see. You create this anxiety because your vision of the future does not match your wish.
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