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The link between body and mind is very real. Physical pain and depression are commonly associated. Post-traumatic stress disorder and heart and brain issues have a proven relationship. The relationship is tied to science – serotonin, norepinephrine and neurotransmitters have fallen out of line, causing feelings of pain and depression.

While medications are still hugely popular in treating mental disorders that lead to pain, doctors are more diligently prescribing intuitive ways to treat psychosomatic issues that are associated with depression and pain.

The Chinese had it right several millennia ago. They were aware that humans exist not only in a physical sense, but also in an emotional and spiritual sense. All three must be addressed when treating an ailment, especially where depression and pain are concerned. The Chinese holistic healing process involves addressing the cause of life energy issues that manifest physically, and the source of the problem is often mental and/or emotional.

Now, modern research is catching up to what Chinese healers have known for a very long time. One study carried out in 2011 in Europe found that emotion regulation is an important factor in treating depression and pain because emotional stressors often lead to the two. Most PTSD patients have had one traumatic trigger that sets off depression and pain, which can often lead to suicide.

Doctors are finding that the use of ketamine, which is an anesthetic, shuts off the pain receptors and gives the brain a chance to recover from the traumas that manifest into pain and serious health issues. The ketamine  promotes growth of synapses, which is the main contributor to healing and can reverse depression.

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