Changes in mood are a natural part of life, but sometimes sadness and emotional pain settle in for a long time, leaving a person feeling stuck and helpless. Depression is a mood disorder that involves both the mind and the body, and can cause great disruptions in the sufferer’s daily life and relationships.

Signs & Symptoms of Depression

Someone who suffers from depression will often experience:

  • Fatigue, loss of energy
  • Loss of interest or motivation
  • Loss of appetite, weight changes
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Anxiety, restlessness
  • Feelings of loneliness, sadness and helplessness


Sometimes, people who suffer from depression will start to experience recurrent thoughts of death and suicide. If this is the case, we advise you to seek help as soon as possible.

Causes of Depression

Depression can be episodic or persistent, and can have many causes. In our experience, the most common include:

  • Overwhelming or repressed feelings of unhappiness, anger, frustration or worry
  • Emotionally difficult situations such as grief, loss, trauma or a serious illness
  • Chronic stress
  • Overstrain, excess work
  • Changes in the weather, in the case of seasonal depression


A poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, lack of sleep, chronic pain or anemia can all contribute to feelings of depression as well.

How we treat Depression

When looking for the imbalances that may be at the root of depression, Traditional Chinese Medicine looks to the mind, body, habits and living environment of a person. Using its methods, our team of specialists at the Nei Jing center in Jerusalem are able to build treatment programs that very effectively complement counseling and conventional therapies.


Treatment may combine acupuncture, laser acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Tuina massage, reflexology and naturopathic advice, with the goal of bringing each patient’s mind and body back into balance.

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Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

People Say

I’m a foreign student in Jerusalem for a year. The first few months were good, though challenging, but the winter was really hard. I have a tendency to seasonal depression, and expected it, but ended up feeling so low in December and January that I decided to seek help. Nei Jing helped me a lot at that time - I had acupuncture every week, then every two weeks, and very soon started to feel much better.
Arnold F.

People Say

My grandmother has suffered from depression for most of her life. While she was active, she was able to ignore it mostly, despite the constant fatigue and the deep sadness that she felt all the time, but when she retired her symptoms took a turn for the worst. The medication that she was taking was not working very well, and giving her headaches, so she agreed to try Chinese medicine. She has improved a lot since then - smiling a lot more, and being a lot more active too. It’s wonderful to see!
Andrea C.