Natural Bipolar Remedies
I have suffered from Bipolar for a number of years now, and currently am on Prozac and Lamotrigine to remedy this. However I want to switch to a more natural remedy, and was wanting to ask your advice. What would you recommend? St Johns Wort? Is there anything that I could take to help with mood stability?
Unfortunately many of the natural remedies have just as variable an effect as Rx meds; that is, St John's Wort might help one person to not get depressed, while it may trigger mania in another person. Prozac can also cause mania - but you are also on Lamictal - a mood stabilizer to counter the Prozac.
The one thing that I have seen get real and lasting results for Bipolar Disorder, is a supplement called EmPower Plus - sold by a company called TrueHope (www.truehope.com). I have seen several people successfully switch from psych meds, to this supplement and do very well. The staff at TrueHope are available to guide you by phone, with weekly calls - or more. They will tell you specifically how much to reduce your current medication each week, as you increase the dosage of the supplements.
On your own, Omega-3 fatty acids -- from either good quality Fish Oil (like Carlson's or Nordic Naturals), or from Neptune Krill Oil, and Vitamin B-complex are both very important for mood stability -and are quite safe. This alone may not be enough. Weekly therapy, a support group, exercise, yoga/meditation, and daily practice of Meridian Tapping are all extremely helpful practices that may also stabilize the mood and reduce the need for medication.
Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Santa Rosa Psychotherapist
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