Mental health issues can be difficult to manage, but there are a variety of alternative therapies that can help. Complementary and alternative therapies (CAMs) for mental health problems include yoga, electrical stimulation, dietary supplements, such as omega-3s and kava, and more. These approaches can increase feelings of well-being, reduce anxiety, alleviate symptoms of depression, and aid relaxation. While some CAMs may not be covered by insurance, there are free resources available to learn about yoga and meditation.
Additionally, some CAMs may be beneficial for depression when used alone or in combination with medications. Relaxation techniques are an important part of CAMs and can help reduce stress and the reaction to it. They can slow brain activity and decrease blood pressure, heart rate, and breathing. In addition, they help maintain mental health.
Examples of relaxation techniques include diaphragmatic breathing, yoga, progressive muscle relaxation (PMR), meditation with guided imagery, qigong, gratitude writing, mindfulness meditation, and music therapy. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that helps people cope with many conditions, including mental health disorders. Music therapy has been found to improve the quality of life in an analysis of nearly 800 people with and without health problems. There are also many products available to try at home to relieve stress, reduce anxiety, or help with depression.
It is important to consult your family doctor or psychiatrist before adding CAMs to your existing health or treatment regimens as herbal remedies, vitamins, and minerals can block the action or increase the potency of medications used to treat mental health or other medical problems. Complementary and alternative therapies can be used as treatment for physical and mental health problems. Thoughts (and emotions) influence the health of your gastrointestinal tract and the health of your gastrointestinal tract affects your thoughts and emotions.