Case 3: Mrs. C presented with severe depression.
Mrs C, a previous alcoholic, had several children taken away from her. After her children left her to go live with their father, she never saw them again. Her alcoholism became worse and she even went to jail for alcohol related incidents. She made several attempts to commit suicide. When she came to see me, she said that she did not want to live and saw no hope for the future. After a thorough consultation and examination, I found that due to alcohol overdose, she suffered from severe Yin deficiency. The obvious emotional pressures from losing her children and serving jail sentence also caused liver Qi (energy) stagnation, which worsened her Yin deficiency. It was like vicious circle, the disrupted balance in her body led to severe depression, and the depression caused more demages of her balance. I chose the appropriate treatment methods to address her problems. Soon, she felt much better. After a few weeks, she completely stopped drinking and felt that she had hope in life. Even when her friends invited her to go drinking, she persistently refused. She said that she had never felt that life could be so good.