Traditional Chinese Medicine in treatments to depression

Neuro Endocrinol Lett. 2009 Mar;30(1):17-8.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a long history of more than 5,000 years and it has the earliest medicine book in the world: Yellow Emperor's Canon: Internal Medicine (Huang Ti Nei Jing), by the Yellow Emperor of China (2695-2589 BC) (Lin , 1988; Shampo and Kyle, 1989; Wang, 1999). However the combinational and systemic recipes that bring TCM high efficiency also block the promotion of TCM treatment to various diseases, including depression. In this short comment we firstly give some theoretical basis for TCM treatment to depression, then some clinical reports on efficiency; we also present some possible explanations on TCM treatments to depression.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Depressive Disorder / drug therapy*
  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional / methods*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Drugs, Chinese Herbal