Author: admin | 26.05.2016

A common herb used widely for various medicinal purposes is helpful in treating bipolar among adults. Noodles are a favorite among many but it is associated with a lot of oil and fat content too! Tangerine essential oil is derived from citrus fruits and gets extracted through cold compression method.
More people are seeking alternatives to traditional mental health care and as a result, knowledge about the use of complementary therapies by people with mental illness is increasing – particularly for those experiencing anxiety and depression.
Numerous systematic reviews and research papers have been published on the effects of Western herbs, such as St John’s wort (Linde, Berner and Kriston Lin, 2008) in the treatment of depression, but Chinese herbs have received less attention.
The supplementary review located eight trials and positive results were reported almost universally. Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of the treatment of depression with Chinese herbal medicine were located by searching all of the major Western bibliographic databases.
RCTs were evaluated using two rating scales: the Jadad criteria and the Downs and Black checklist.
It was not possible to combine results to present any meaningful statistics as the herbal formulae and control treatments used, trial duration, and trial design all differed to such an extent. Positive results were reported in all of the trials identified and in all but one of the systematic reviews, but despite promising results, particularly for Xia Yao San and its modifications, the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine in depression could not be fully substantiated based on current evidence. The extent to which the results of the study can be used to determine whether Chinese herbs caused reductions in depression (internal validity) or can be generalised to other groups (external validity) is severely limited due to a lack of detail in the research studies.
Jessamy is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, she runs a private practice in London and prior to this worked for eight years in the NHS. Poor quality studies indicate herbal treatments help with depression but don’t really tell us much due poor quality. Various plants and there parts like flower, seed, root, stem, leaf are rich in medicinal properties. It is known to have relaxation properties and is given to people suffering from any kind of depression or bipolar disorder. It is a traditional medicine for bipolar symptoms like depression, fatigue, anxiety and loss of appetite. Valerian RootValerian root is known for its strong sedative properties which can help calm the nervous system. A recent survey of women with depression revealed that there is a push for more “natural approaches” that match with the individual’s own values and beliefs. The aim of this paper was to assess the evidence on Chinese herbal medicine treatments for depression based on previous systematic reviews of trials in the Western literature.

Limitations in methods and reporting, however, make it difficult to draw any firm conclusions.
The effects of the herbal formulae were assessed in seven of the trials by comparing scores on the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D) before and after treatment.
She has a specialist interest in depression and anxiety disorders and is accredited in CBT.
It elevates the mood and provides a feeling of contentment, reduces anxiety in people who take this as treatment. It initiates in providing energy, which if taken for long term is bad for bipolar patients. Taking small dose whenever needed is helpful, do not over use this herb. It can be taken by patients who undergo emotional up and downs because of bipolar disorder.
The frequent mood swings can be awful for the person going through them along with those who live with him or her.
CAM (complementary and alternatives medicines) are also something people turn to when they are unhappy with their existing care – users are more likely to have received mental health and primary care treatment and to be dissatisfied with their overall healthcare when compared to non-users. A variety of herbal formulae (combination of herbs) were investigated including Hypericum (St John’s wort) and Xia Yao San. In addition to her clinical practice Jessamy is co-authoring a series of self-help books and contributes to various magazines.
Avoid taking this herb with any other herbal remedy or drugs because that may lead to liver damage.
It activates the hormonal system in general to make bipolar patients feel active and happy. Its active ingredient binds with estrogen receptor sites and increases hormonal activity reducing bipolar symptoms.
Fish OilBeing rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish oil can help in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Passion FlowerPassion flower has sedative properties that can reduce anxiety and excitability experienced during the manic episodes of bipolar disorder. The books are due to be published in January 2014 by Quercus and will offer sound expert advice on the most common life-affecting issues that people typically experience, providing clear and simple ways to understand and overcome problems.
If you can arrange for fresh damiana leaves, you can boil the leaves in water, and drink half cup of the water whenever it is required. Its EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) content is essential for hormone production and nerve tissue health.
It also helps treat insomnia.Although this herb has no side effects, yet at times it may cause stomach upset.

Make sure you divide this dose into two to three times for better results through out the day.
Fish oil improves the functionality of brain and helps overcome depression.So, take fish oil supplements. Also, you can regularly eat fatty fish such as albacore tuna, mackerel, salmon, herring and trout which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.2.
Or 40-60 drops of liquid extract twice daily to treat bipolar and depression associated with it. BrahmiBrahmi, also known as bacopa, is another useful herb for bipolar disorder because it works as a mild stimulant as well as sedative. It also helps enhance memory and relieves mental strain.Drink a few teaspoons of juice extracted from brahmi leaves daily for several weeks. Another option is consume brahmi ghee prepared by frying brahmi leaves in clarified butter (ghee).Alternatively, take this herb in supplement form.
AshwagandhaAshwagandha works as a nervine tonic to improve the symptoms of bipolar disorder. A 2013 study by the University of Pittsburgh found that sensorial,  an ingredient in ashwagandha can improve 3 separate cognitive functions in those suffering from bipolar disorder as it can help with auditory-verbal working memory, reaction time and social cognition.Take 500 mg standardized extract of Ashwagandha root and leaves daily for several weeks.
Patty Mitchell August 2, 2013 at 12:59 pm ReplyI think my son of 39 years of age has bipolar. The omega-3 fats in fish oil raise the level of calcium available to the neurons and it is the calcium that lowers their excitability (raises their trigger threshold). I like nobody really understand why the mood swings, why the episodes & I do not want to take medication for these problems. Meditation on a regular basis, primarily the transcendental meditation or TM technique, has helped me more than anything else. I feel as though I have a week or so of normal behaviour then all of a sudden i get angry adjutated and its taking a massive toll on my relationship. I feel i want to be on my own, I have all these things going round in my head but cant focus on one thing, I feel tired a lot and have no willingness to go out or do anything. I feel when someone is talking to me there are a thousand voices all at once n i just want to scream! He wakes nice, then instantly starts screaming and throwing things as well as calling me names.

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