Chinese Herbal and Acupuncture Treatment Protocols for Manic Depression - Formulas, Protocols, TCM Diagnoses

The Chinese Medicine treatment of manic depression generally involves arriving at the appropriate TCM diagnosis or pattern. This pattern within the individual is what treatment is based on not the general condition (see treating the cause and not the symptoms).

Manic Depression is a mood disorder characterized by long periods of manic behavior, after which an individual returns to a normal state. Unlike bi-polar disorder, people with manic depression do not typically experience periods of depression. When not in a manic state, an individual with manic depression can be a normal, functioning person with a stable work and family life. However, when in a manic state, he or she may experience feelings of elation and invincibility, unrealistic belief in one's abilities, participation in high-risk endeavors or behaviors, lack of sleep, tendency to speak rapidly, and other symptoms.
Below you will find alternative and natural treatment options including those from a Chinese Medicine perspective for Manic Depression.

The following Acupuncture Treatment Protocols May Be Used With Manic Depression


There are no tongren treatment protocols associated at this time.


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The following herbal formulas from our store are potentially useful for manic depression:

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The following (19) acupuncture points may be useful for manic depression. A subset of these could potentially be useful with acupressure stimulation and/or tongren therapy methods as well.

Generally treatment would be based on the TCM patterns listed above instead of selecting points by function alone, (see general points selection rules.)



There are (0) Chinese herbs currently associated with manic depression. Generally speaking you will not choose herbs this way, but this serves as a clinical reminder of some of the empirical herbs for manic depression. For the most part treatment would be decided by the presenting TCM patterns and with formulas such as those listed in the next section.

There are no associated Chinese herbs at this time.

TCM Herbal Formulas That May Be Useful For Manic Depression

TCM FormulaClinical Functions
Chai Hu Jia Long Gu Mu Li Wan

Used for heat that is lodged in the chest affecting all yang stages, also for phlegm in the liver/gall bladder.  Generally used for a range of psychological conditions, aiding with drug withdrawal and related issues.  Symptoms include chest oppression, anxiety, irratiblity, palpitations, excessive/delirious speech, heavy sensation of body, constipation, urinary issues.

The Pulse will be wiry and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a slippery tongue coating.

Gan Mai Da Zao Wan

Used for anxiety/depression/manic issues with a tendency towards losing self-control (crying fits, excessive yawning, etc.).  This set of symptoms is known as restless organ disorder in TCM.  General symptoms are disorientation, crying spells, depression, fitful sleep, excessive yawning, anxiety, possible night sweats and other yin deficient signs.  May be used for menopause or similar post-partum issues.

The Pulse will be thin and rapid and the Tongue will be red with a sparse tongue coating.

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