Those with addiction, alcoholism and mental health disorders are often come with lifelong struggles. Western medicine has had scientists researching the brain and which medications will help the most to alleviate symptoms of mental illness. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, bipolar, and schizophrenia all have prescribed medications that intend to pinpoint certain areas of the brain to shift behaviors. This is greatly beneficial in many ways, but it is difficult for psychiatrist to determine off the bat which medication will work 100%. Without a brain scan, there is no way to know which, if any affects, on the brain the medication might have. Patients will have to take sometimes multiple medications until the right one or combination is found to work. Each patient is different, as each patient’s brain is different. Eastern medicine offers the more herbal remedies to promote mental health. Here are some of the herbs most commonly used:
Mulungu Bark: Calms nerves, improves mood and works as a sleep aid. This also helps lower anxiety and enhance brain function.
Bacopa: Helps improve brain memory, reduce stress, while supporting cognitive function. This particularly decreased the body’s stress hormone, cortisol.
Mucuna: Supports dopamine levels, memory, and improves brain function.
Rhodiola rosea: An antioxidant, promotes brain health, reduces inflammation of neural cells, and protects neurotoxicity. Reduces fatigue, improves the mood, and lowers stress.
Zizyphus jujuba: Supports mental health and sleep aid. Helps with relaxation.
Passionflower: Sleep aid and relieves the anxiety disrupting sleep patterns.
Scutellaria lateriflora (Skullcap): Calms nerves and stress. Enhances the mood and works as an antioxidant, protecting against damaging inflammation.
Kava: Reduces stress, and promotes relaxation. Also, works as a sleep aid.
Saffron: Balances the mood, relieves stress and calms anxiety.
These herbal remedies are available at natural food stores across the country. You can also order them online.
When combined, eastern and western medicine can help with mental illness at all different angles. After years of abuse and when first entering treatment, it is recommended to comply with doctor’s orders. After a few years of sobriety, under the regulation of a doctor, someone in recovery from addiction may or may not begin to taper off medication and use herbal remedies. This is risky and it’s not for everyone. However, for those who used substances that may cause some of the symptoms and it no longer persists, it could be the next step down.
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