Can Natural Medicine help reduce symptoms of mental illness

Can Natural Medicine help reduce symptoms of mental illness?

Working within Naturopathy and having an interest in supporting mental health, I am often asked if I can help reduce symptoms of mental illness. The short answer is yes, the long answer is: it depends. 

This blog will outline some of the tools that Naturopaths use to improve mental health and suggest a system of medicine that can maximize patient outcome. 

Naturopathies role in mental health system

As with any condition, the more acute, life threatening, or serious it is; the more medical attention is needed. This is the same for condition, and it is not as simple as exchanging this medical pill for a natural one. That being said, when Naturopathy works together with the medical system, even if the condition is serious, the best outcome is found. An example of this is if someone is acutely pchytoc and a danger to themselves or others, medical treatment is the best option. Naturopathy can though, in the form of balanced eating, or supplementation for example still ease these symptoms, though is part of the bigger picture. 

Naturopathy can help mental health, though the more serious the symptoms, the more medical supervision is needed.

When the danger is over

After the acute stage is over, Naturopathy comes into its own. Symptoms of stress, anxiety and mood imbalances can all be treated and supported. This can lead to less prescription medication and less side effects. An example would be a patient who is is stable and needs helps with healthy eating, correct herbal treatment to help balance things such as anxiety, mood swings and even mild thought disorder. 

When the patient is more stable, Naturopathy comes in and can reduce the load of medical prescriptions, reducing side effects and maxising recovery. 

Nutrition

There are many ways to target mental health treatment using correct nutrition and education on eating. This goes beyond the scope of this blog, but involves increasing the corrects proteins in diet and removing other factors such as gluten. Healthy gluten free diets have been shown to reduce symptoms of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia. 

Targeted prescribed dietary changes from a Naturopath can reduce your mental health symptoms, but are best prescribed and overseen by a professional. 

Supplementation

There are various targeted supplemental treatments for mental illness, including Magnesium, targeted activated B’s and specific quality fish oils. There is evidence for many of these clinical outcomes continue to take place. 

Supplementation can help, and a clinician knows the right ones to prescribe. 

Herbal medicine

Herbal is very effective, powerful yet gentle medicine. There are many classes of herbal medicines, and when prescribed, blended and dosed by a Naturopath they can improve mental health symptoms. Examples include Kava (piper methysticum) for anxiety which has been shown to have similar effect to Valium.

Related: 

As you can see, these are but a few of the techniques used by Naturopaths to help reduce symptoms of mental health. Consultation is key, and a team of professionals will maxise the outcome for the patient, which depends on the severity of the condition. 

Brown’s Wellbeing Centre was established to help ease the pain of mental illness, we continue network with mental health providers. We have seen lives turned around, and look forward to seeing it happen again. 

Click here to make an enquiry. 

Final:

By Jeremy Brown

Naturopath & educator

Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Naturopathy and mental health

Working within Naturopathy and having an interest in mental health, I am often asked if I can help reduce symptoms of mental illness. The short answer is yes, the long answer is: it depends. This blog will outline some of the tools that Naturopaths use to improve mental health and suggest a system of medicine that can maximize patient outcome.

Naturopathy and its role in mental health

As with any condition, the more acute, life threatening, or serious it is, the more medical attention is needed. As with any condition, as it is not as simple as exchanging this medical pill for a natural one. That being said, Naturopathy can work very well combined with the medical system, even if the condition is serious. One example of this is when a patient is acutely psychotic and a danger to themselves or others, medical treatment is paramount. Naturopathy can though, in the form of balanced eating, supplementation help ease these symptoms, though is part of the bigger picture.

Naturopathy can improve mental health, though the more serious the symptoms, the more medical supervision is needed

When Naturopathy can help

After the acute stage is over, Naturopathy comes into its own. Symptoms of stress, anxiety and mood imbalances can all be treated and supported. This can lead to less prescription medication and less side effects. An example would be a patient who is not requiring hosipital though may be treated with healthy eating, correct herbal treatment and supplementation in order to balance things such as anxiety, mood swings and even mild disorders of thought. 

When the patient is more stable, Naturopathy can reduce (not always stop) the use of medical prescriptions, helping reduce side effects in the long term

Nutrition

There are many ways to target mental health treatment using correct nutrition and education on eating. This goes beyond the scope of this blog, but involves such things as increasing the correct foods groups and removing other factors such as gluten or casein found in diary. Healthy gluten free diets have been shown to reduce symptoms of mental illness such as depression, anxiety and even schizophrenia.

Targeted prescribed dietary changes from a Naturopath can help reduce mental health symptoms, but are best prescribed and overseen by a professional

Supplementation

There are various targeted supplemental treatments for mental illness, including Magnesium, targeted Activated B’s and specific quality fish oils. There is evidence for many of these and clinical outcomes continue to take place. One example is thiamine (B1) in alcoholism. 

Supplementation can help mental illness and a Naturopath knows the correct medicines to prescribe

Related: Magnesiums role in mental health

Herbal medicine

Herbal is a very effective, powerful yet gentle medicine. There are many classes of herbal medicines when prescribed, blended and dosed by a Naturopath that can improve mental health symptoms. Examples include Kava (Piper methysticum) for anxiety which has been shown to have similar effect to Valium yet without the potential risk of dependance. 

Related: Natural ways to beat stress and anxiety

As you can see, these are but a few of the techniques used by Naturopaths to help reduce symptoms of mental illness. Consultation is key, and a team of professionals will help maxise the best outcome for the patient, which depends on the severity of the condition.

Brown’s Wellbeing Centre was established to help ease the pain of mental illness, and we continue network with mental health providers. We have seen lives turned around, and look forward to seeing it happening further.

Click here to make an enquiry

Yours in health,

Jeremy Brown

| Naturopath | Educator | Writer | 

Supporting Evidence: 

Braun, L., & Cohen, M. (2010). Herbs & natural supplements. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

Bone, K., (2003) A Clinical guide to blending liquid herbs. Sydney: Churchill Livingstone.

Hechtman, L. (2012). Clinical Naturopathic medicine. Sydney, Australia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier Australia.

Thomsen, M., & Gennat, H. (2009). Phytotherapy : desk reference : a clinical handbook. Hobart: Global Natural Medicine.

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