A person suffering from any kind of mental disorder or illness finds that everyday living is difficult and even small tasks are unmanageable. Work and family life become too overwhelming and maintaining relationships are a huge struggle. In today’s day and age there are prescription pills available for everything ranging from sleep disorders to schizophrenia, only if the person suffering from mental illness acknowledges the problem.
Also it is important that one ensures that the symptoms are related to mental illness before taking the pills as there are many physical ailments that cause symptoms like mental illness e.g. hypoglycaemia, heavy metal toxicity, thyroid disease and gluten intolerance can be mistaken to be schizophrenia, anxiety disorder or even depression. The treatments offered for mental disorders can cause many side effects. Hence it is recommended to try natural remedies for these problems either by itself or along with traditional medicines.
Typical Natural Cures For Mental Health Disorders
Including sunflower seeds in your diet can help a person suffering from depression. Sunflower seed keep the body at optimal pH as they act as a natural buffer. The Sunflower seeds must be consumed only after soaking and sprouting them to get the best effect. Adding pepper to your diet can also help the mental well being. Avoid foods that contain preservatives like High fructose corn syrup, Aspartame, food dyes etc as they adversely affect the mental health. Whole foods like beans, nuts, fruits vegetables and organic meats are good for maintaining mental and physical health. Also dark chocolate is good for reducing stress as it increases the production of serotonin which is responsible for helping the brain and body to relax.
Various herbs like Valerian, St. John’s Wort and Ginkgo Biloba are available which can help treat various kinds of mental disorders. The herb Valerian can be used to treat a variety of anxiety and sleep related problems. It can be especially used for children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as it reduces anxiety and helps them to fall asleep. Another commonly used herb to treat depression is St. John’s Wort as it has few side effects and reports of withdrawal symptoms are low. But ensure that it is not taken with any other drugs as in combination with other drugs it may cause severe side effects. Ginkgo Biloba derived from the leaves of the Ginkgo tree is very useful to treat people suffering from Alzheimer’s or anti depressant related sexual problems. It can boost the production of cholinesterase inhibitors thus slowing the degeneration of the mental abilities of a person suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Supplements of Folic Acid, Melatonin and SAMe are also used to treat people suffering from mental disorders. Folic acid is a Vitamin that is naturally occurring in citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, fortified breads and cereals and beans. Consuming the adequate amount of folic acid will benefit the general health of the individual as well as specifically help remedy the problem of depression. SAMe or S-adenosyl-L-methionine is naturally produce in the body and is one of the main regulators of mood as it boos the production of neurotransmitters. Thus, a person suffering from depression can alleviate his problem by taking up to 3000mg of SAMe in a day. Melatonin is also a naturally occurring substance that regulates circadian rhythms thus improving the quality of sleep in people suffering from major depression, schizophrenia and seasonal affective disorder.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are naturally occurring and found abundantly in salmon, sardines, anchovies, krill oil etc. These are very good for the brain functioning and maintenance. For people who do not eat fish, oil supplements are available in the market as capsules. These fatty acids are known to decrease irritabitly, aggression and depression. They also prevent psychosis and stabilize moods. Hence people with bipolar disorders or a history of aggression can benefit from the consumption of these acids.
Alternative medicinal practices like Chiropractic treatment, Psychiatric therapy or even Homeopathy can be very effective in the treatment of Mental Health Disorders. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can correct blocks in the brains ability to communicate with the rest of the body caused especially by injuries. A good Psychiatrist can not only prescribe medication but also listen to the problems causing anger or stress without being judgemental about it. Hence a good therapist can help in relieving symptoms of the problems. Anxiety can be treated very well with the help of homeopathy. These medicines relieve the symptoms of the panic attacks, without causing any decrease in alertness or drowsiness. Thus alternative medicine can be very effective in the treatment of Mental Health Disorders.