Natural Therapies And Cures For Depression That Work
If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or someone else please go to the nearest hospital emergency room or urgent care center (more). If you think you have an undiagnosed or rapidly worsening medical problem I encourage you to go to an urgent care center or find a qualified healthcare provider for expert advice. In this case, you may need to be evaluated using specialized diagnostic tests of the blood, urine, organs or brain.
Complementary Natural Therapies
In addition to diagnostic tests used in conventional Western medicine, many non-Western healing traditions use a variety of approaches to detect changes in “subtle” energy that may provide clues about underlying energetic causes of medical, mental or emotional symptoms. For example, practitioners of Tibetan medicine, Chinese medicine, and Ayurveda use information obtained from measuring the pulse to identify energetic ‘imbalances’ associated with illness.
Different mental and emotional symptoms are associated with characteristic features in the pulse. Even in cases where there is no apparent medical problem, identifying the ‘energetic’ imbalance that manifests as your particular symptom ‘pattern’ may help you develop a treatment plan that uses different approaches including a natural supplement, a mind-body practice, energy work or other approaches that may alleviate the causes of symptoms and restore your body and mind to a healthy state of balance.
If you are experiencing a potentially life-threatening medical or mental health problem you should seek immediate emergency care. Symptoms that may point to a serious or medical or mental health emergency include:
- severe headaches
- changes in vision
- sudden onset difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- a recent change in the level of consciousness
- feelings of disorientation
- auditory or visual hallucinations
Many non-medication approaches used to treat mental health problems or maintain optimal wellness are based on lifestyle choices that cost nothing but require an on-going commitment to your health. These approaches include changing your diet to include healthier foods such as grains, fresh vegetables, and lean meat while cutting down on unhealthy foods such as saturated fats and refined sugar. Healthy lifestyle choices also include regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and using simple relaxation techniques for stress management. In addition to positive lifestyle choices, many natural supplements have beneficial effects on mental health in general and can be used to ‘treat’ the root causes of specific mental health problems including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, ADHD and others.
Natural supplements used in ‘traditional’ healing go beyond herbals and include complex herbal formulas (i.e. in Chinese medicine and Ayurveda), vitamins, essential fatty acids, amino acids, trace minerals, and multi-nutrient formulas. Many natural supplements can be safely combined with prescription medications increasing their effectiveness and, in some cases, reducing adverse effects caused by them. A variety of non-biological approaches are also beneficial for maintaining optimal well-being or treating particular mental health problems. Examples include biofeedback, bright light therapy, mind-body approaches such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, and tai chi, and energy therapies such as acupuncture, healing touch, Reiki and Qigong.
Healthcare providers increasingly recommend a broad range of complementary and alternative treatments in addition to prescription medications for both medical and mental health problems. Many of these so-called ‘traditional’ healing approaches have been used for centuries or longer for maintaining optimal health and for treating specific mental health problems. In recent decades courses on ‘traditional’ healing approaches have been taught in medical schools, nursing schools and advanced seminars for psychiatrists and psychologists in the U.S., Canada, and many European countries (more).
To increase your chances of getting positive results it is important to use approaches that interest you and that you are motivated to try. For practical purposes, it is also important to use approaches that are available where you live and affordable. For example, if you find out that a particular Chinese herbal formula is beneficial for improving your memory problem but a quality brand of that herbal formula is difficult to obtain where you live or very expensive, it doesn’t make sense to rely on this particular treatment approach.
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