In today’s society, we’re used to getting what we need in a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, when it comes to balanced mental health, there are no easy fixes.
Many people realize it takes more than one visit to the doctor and a bottle of pills to fix mental health issues. Sometimes pills cause more problems than they solve, or make matters worse.
People are starting to turn to nature for remedies. This is where the concept of holistic health and alternative medicine fits in.
According to the American Holistic Medical Association website, “holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person - body, mind, and spirit.”
In addition, the website states that “the practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease by addressing contributing factors.”
Holistic health and medicine is often referred to as alternative or complementary medicine. Alternative treatments include natural supplements with herbs and vitamins.
Dr. Theri Griego Raby, the founder and director of the Raby Institute for Integrative Medicine at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital, said in an email that there are a few health supplements that can improve mental health.
“For many of my patients I recommend Vitamin D3, which can be great for stabilizing the mood,” she said. “We really want to build up on this before the fall and winter seasons when we may be prone to seasonal affective disorders.”
“As for omega 3, I suggest taking krill oil because of its ability to help improve mood, depression and ADHD,” Raby added. “Additionally, for times of high stress, B6 complex can help to improve mood as well as symptoms of PMS.”
Other supplements that can improve mood are St. John’s Wort and vitamin B12. People with mild depression might find some relief with St. John’s Wort.
“L-Theanine, which isn’t commonly known, is found in green tea and can help with memory and mood,” Raby said. “Also, medical grade peppermint oil can have the same mood stabilizing and concentration effects by rubbing a little bit in the hands and inhaling.”