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Naturopathic Treatments for Mental Illness

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Last Updated on July 21, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Medically Reviewed by Dr Samuel Lee MD

If you have been told that prescription medications are the only treatment option for mental health, we are here to show that naturopathic treatments for mental illness are available and effective.

Alternative to Meds Center believes that psychiatric drugs are not lasting solutions. Our natural mental health treatment program provides sustainable drug-free therapies for mental illness and orthomolecular medicine models to discover the underlying reasons that caused mental health problems.

Alternative Solutions for Depression, Bipolar Disorder, More

Depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, psychosis, and other mental illnesses can be treated without taking medication for the rest of your life. We offer alternative solutions and extensive education about managing mental health in sustainable, natural ways. Call us and find out about how our naturopathic mental health program addresses mental illnesses effectively without long term medication use. We’ve assisted thousands of people in regaining mental health naturally.

Establish Underlying Factors

naturopathic treatments root causeThe main goal in naturopathic psychiatry is to establish what underlying factors predisposed our clients to develop a mental health condition. For example, genetics, nutrient deficiency, and toxic exposures are all taken into consideration. Meticulous assessment of these possible factors, including lab testing, physical evaluation, and a detailed patient history, all help inform the most effective personalized treatment to address underlying problems. Another objective of naturopathy is to enhance the client’s quality of life. With individuals who are on traditional medications, we work to decrease or eradicate the adverse effects of these drugs.

We also educate our clients about lifestyle and diet to enhance their health, motivating them to become active in their self-care. We work to discover why mental illness is occurring and correct the underlying causes.

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Much More Than Acupuncture Needles and Massage

Naturopathy treatments for mental illness go beyond acupuncture needles and massage although these are two valuable treatments. CBT ( cognitive behavioral therapy ) challenges and changes negative thoughts and behaviors. A client’s program may include other therapies such as EFT, soothing mineral baths, and craniosacral massage using gentle movements of the head, neck, and spine. Other treatments include vitamin therapies, supplementation with GABA,1 amino acids and other endorphin boosters, nebulized glutathione, omega 3 fatty acids, and more. A thorough treatment plan is customized for each person.

Treat the Entire Person, Not Just the Symptoms

Naturopathy for mental illness treats the entire individual, calling on science and the person’s innate healing abilities. The naturopathic philosophy is the support of and belief in the body’s ability to restore itself, given the correct balance of natural resources, to a place of health after suffering effects of trauma, cumulative stress, and other life challenges. Part of the naturopath’s role is to lead the client’s rehabilitation process by enhancing consciousness and awareness relating to their own inherent resources. Naturopathic mental health is based on the foundation of teaching the client how to be in charge of their own health care. For example, Alternative to Meds Center educates clients about self-health-care and makes recommendations regarding treatment options, both traditional and holistic, including traditional Chinese medicine.2 One of our goals is to teach clients to be their own experts in mental health care.

Find and Remove Troubling Emotional Causes

Since mental illness is often affected by our state of mind and emotions, the objective is to achieve emotional stability. This entails finding and removing the troubling emotional causes, whether they are psychological, physical, or spiritual. As with other types of mental health treatment, referrals to external sources, such as traditional medical doctors, are given when needed. Alternative to Meds Center does not regard an individual as just having a brain inside of a body but as a collective brain-body-spirit entity. Emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual issues act and react to each other, creating either health or a lack of health; stability, or instability. We employ scientifically proven natural approaches to stabilize the body and mind.

Comprehensive Holistic Therapies

Natural mental health treatments may include counseling, group therapy, support from peers, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal remedies, holistic medicine, physical therapy and trainer-led exercise,3 yoga, sauna,4 nutritional therapy, meditation, deep breathing techniques, exercise, massage therapy, acupuncture,5 acupressure, nutrient treatments, detoxification, withdrawal from medication or alcohol, ionic footbaths, and several holistic therapies to induce relaxation and encourage mental health. If you are troubled by mental illness but haven’t received relief from traditional medicine, we may be able to help.

Alternative to Meds Center — A Healing Center

At Alternative to Meds Center, naturopathic treatment for mental illness is meant to produce long-term relief from mental health problems. To offer an alternative to traditional treatment that allows for lasting success, each client is given fully personalized treatment regimens. For safely coming off drugs, for example, our Lamictal withdrawal prescription drug tapering program is highly popular. Our treatment center has a healing atmosphere with 24/7 attention, medical care, a dedicated staff, and we provide aftercare to further ensure that clients can continue to lead happy, productive lifestyles when they leave our facility. Call and find out more about the underlying causes that can be addressed with naturopathic treatment and alternative medicine to improve mental health without drugs.

1. Breus M, “3 Amazing Benefits of GABA,” Psychology Today Canada (online) Jan 3, 2019 [cited 2020 Dec 9 ]

2. Aung S et al., “Traditional Chinese Medicine as a Basis for Treating Psychiatric Disorders: A Review of Theory With Illustrative Cases.” Journal of Med. Acupunct 2013 Dec 1 25(6): 398-406, PMID 24761185 [cited 2020 Dec 9]

3. Craft L et al., “The Benefits of Exercise for the Clinically Depressed.” Prim Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2004 6(3): 104-111 (online) PMID 15361924 [cited 2020 Dec 9]

4. Hussain J, Cohen M, “Clinical Effects of Regular Dry Sauna Bathing: A Systematic Review.” Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2018 April 24 (online) PMID 29849692 [cited 2020 Dec 9]

5. “Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Selected Mental Health Conditions.” March 2014 Knowledge Management Team University of Canterbury [cited 2020 Dec 9]

Originally Published Sep 19, 2018 by Diane Ridaeus

This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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