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Natural Remedies To Treat Bipolar Disorder

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In addition to taking prescription medications for Depression, natural remedies can be used to treat Depression, as well.  This article will describe some of the natural remedies to treat Depression.

Rhodiola

One of the natural remedies used to treat Depression is a natural herb called Rhodiola.  It can be used to help someone who is experiencing symptoms associated with Depression.  According everydayhealth.com, the following information can be stated about Rhodiola:

Officially known as rhodiola rosea, this herb has been used for years to help manage stress and has also demonstrated positive effects on people struggling with depression. While rhodiola doesn’t ease depression to the extent that an antidepressant will, it has fewer side effects, according to a study published in 2015 in Phytomedicine. “Rhodiola is mildly stimulating,” Dr. Muskin notes. “I wouldn’t use it as a solo therapy, but it is a good adjunct for someone who is on antidepressants and feels like they [still] don’t have a lot of energy.”

SAMe

In addition to Rhodiola, another natural remedy to treat Depression in individuals is SAMe.  SAMe is a coenzyme that helps alleviate symptoms associated with Depression in individuals.  According to everydayhealth.com, the following information can be noted about SAMe:

SAMe, or S-adenosylmethionine, is a coenzyme found naturally in the body that has been extensively researched and shown to reduce symptoms in people with major depressive disorder, according to a review of research published in 2015 in CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets. But SAMe should be used with caution in people with bipolar disorder who are suffering from depression because it can actually provoke mania, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). It should be used only under the direct supervision of a physician.

St. John’s Wort

Another natural remedy used to alleviate symptoms associated with depression is St. John’s Wort.  St. John’s Wort is considered a mood-enhancer.  According to everydayhealth.com, the following information can be stated about St. John’s Wort:

This herb, which is often used in Europe for mood management, is one of the better-known natural mood enhancers. Even so, evidence is mixed on whether St. John’s wort actually has a positive effect on major depression or bipolar disorder. The NCCIH states that St. John’s wort may help with depression but can also cause psychosis, and the agency warns that it could interact with many other medications people with bipolar disorder may be taking. St John’s wort has been shown to have similar side effects to some antidepressant medications because it appears to affect the body in a similar way, according to 2015 research published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology.

Conclusion

To end this article, Rhodiola, SAMe, and St. John’s Wort have been considered natural and effective remedies to relieve symptoms associated with depression.  Natural remedies should not replace prescription medications but rather be used as an addition to prescription medications.

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Natural Remedies To Treat Bipolar Disorder


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). Natural Remedies To Treat Bipolar Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/09/natural-remedies-to-treat-bipolar-disorder/

 

Last updated: 29 Sep 2016
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