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Naturopathic Treatments for Mental Illness

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Last Updated on July 20, 2023 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, staffed by traditional and holistic psychiatrists and medical doctors and practitioners, 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 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 under the oversight of medical doctors who are familiar with and well-trained in safe withdrawal techniques relating to each class of drug.

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.1 A client’s program is designed to include other therapies such as neurotoxin removal, EFT, soothing mineral baths, colon hydrotherapy, craniosacral massage using gentle movements of the head, neck, and spine, and Equine-assisted therapy. Other treatments include vitamin therapies with targeted supplementation such as GABA, IV + NAD therapy, omega 3 fatty acids, plus an exceptional variety of herbal remedies, nebulized glutathione, art therapy, peer support programs, co-occurring disorder therapies, 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, toxic exposures, 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, under medical oversight, 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.

Nutritional psychiatry is a relatively new discipline in the field of mental health and is used extensively at the Alternative to Meds Center to assist clients with the changes they want to see in their overall health.6-9

Find and Resolve Troubling Emotional Causes

Since mental illness reflects our state of mind and emotions, one objective is to achieve emotional stability. This entails finding and working to resolve sources of troubling emotions, whether they are psychological, physical, or spiritual. 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. At Alternative to Meds Center, we have observed that one can benefit from increased stability without prescription drugs. We employ scientifically proven natural, drug-free approaches to stabilize the body and mind. You can find out more by continuing to read about comprehensive holistic therapies, discussed below, that are used at the center.

Lab testing is a powerful tool that can inform the root causes of specific issues that need correction, such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, the presence of toxins, and even genetic factors that could be assisted with diet or other strategies.

Comprehensive Holistic Therapies

Naturopathic treatments used in mental health settings can include:
  • Counseling
  • Traditional Chines Medicine
  • Herbal remedies
  • Exercise & Physical therapy
  • Orthomolecular therapy
  • Holistic Detox
  • Cleansing


Cognitive behavioral counseling (CBT), one-on-one or group therapy, peer support groups are all recognized as beneficial options in the holistic treatment of psychiatric symptoms.

Traditional Chinese Medicine:

A vast body of research supports many modes that are derived from TCM, including yoga, Tai Chi, Qigong, meditation, and practicing mindfulness.5

Exercise & Physical Therapy:

Exercise is an overlooked but powerful therapy in treating symptoms such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia. Learned deep-breathing techniques, therapeutic massage, and acupuncture, are other examples of physical therapies that can support and benefit improved mental wellness.3

Orthomolecular Therapy:

Lab testing can discover nutritional deficiencies that need to be corrected. A corrected diet is essential for the prevention and elimination of diet-related symptoms. Supplementation can provide the body with the raw materials that are most needed for the repair and maintenance of neurochemistry.

Holistic Detox & Cleansing:

The use of ionic foot baths, saunas, colon hydrotherapy, and other methods of neurotoxin removal can provide a wide range of beneficial effects. Where detox involves coming off prescription or other drugs, naturopathic adjunctive therapies can reduce discomfort throughout the process, and help ensure a successful outcome. 4

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, and a dedicated staff. Call and find out more about how the underlying causes can be addressed with naturopathic mental health treatment and alternative medicine to improve natural mental health without drugs.

1. Hofmann SG, Asnaani A, Vonk IJ, Sawyer AT, Fang A. The Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: A Review of Meta-analyses. Cognit Ther Res. 2012;36(5):427-440. doi:10.1007/s10608-012-9476-1 [cited 2022 May 25]

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 2022 May 25]

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 2022 May 25]

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 2022 May 25]

5. “Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Selected Mental Health Conditions.” March 2014 Knowledge Management Team University of Canterbury [cited 2022 May 25]

6. Rao TS, Asha MR, Ramesh BN, Rao KS. Understanding nutrition, depression and mental illnessesIndian J Psychiatry. 2008;50(2):77-82. doi:10.4103/0019-5545.42391 [cited 2022 May 25]

7. Leucht S, Fountoulakis K. Improvement of the physical health of people with mental illness. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2006 Jul;19(4):411-2. doi: 10.1097/01.yco.0000228763.48603.7b. PMID: 16721173. [cited 2022 May 25]

8. Mitchell AJ, Malone D. Physical health and schizophrenia. Curr Opin Psychiatry. 2006 Jul;19(4):432-7. doi: 10.1097/01.yco.0000228767.71473.9e. PMID: 16721177. [cited 2022 May 25]

9. Adan RAH, van der Beek EM, Buitelaar JK, Cryan JF, Hebebrand J, Higgs S, Schellekens H, Dickson SL. Nutritional psychiatry: Towards improving mental health by what you eat. Eur Neuropsychopharmacol. 2019 Dec;29(12):1321-1332. doi: 10.1016/j.euroneuro.2019.10.011. Epub 2019 Nov 14. PMID: 31735529. [cited 2022 May 25]

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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