15 Natural Herbs for Those with Bipolar Disorder

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11. Gotu Kola

This is an herbal stimulant that is used in Ayurvedic medicine and is recommended for those with depression and anxiety. This herb is readily available in most health food stores. Take as directed on the package. Read more how gotu kola can help improve your memory.

 

12. Fish Oil

Believe it or not, fish oil can help in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Its omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) are vital for the proper production of hormones and overall nerve function. Fish oil, or krill oil, helps to overcome feelings of depression as well as improve brain function. For proper dosage, always consult your physician. You can also add plenty of herring, tuna, salmon, trout, and mackerel to your diet as all of these fish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

 

13. Licorice Root

Known to boost hormone production, licorice can help improve the hormones in both the digestive tract and the brain. Proper hormone production and balance of hormones is vital for mood stabilization.

 

14. St. John’s Wort

This herb has become super popular for the treatment of depression over the last two decades. It does have research to back up its claims as being an herbal antidepressant. This is available by prescription only in Germany since it can make you more sensitive to sunlight. It can be very dangerous to use St. John’s Wort in combination with certain prescription antidepressants or any other type of medication that affects serotonin levels. Always consult your doctor before consuming as this herb can interact with other medications.

 

SEE ALSO: Best Essential Oils for Help with Bipolar Disorder

 

15. Sarsaparilla

This herb works similarly to licorice root as it appears to affect hormone production; Sarsaparilla also calms the stomach, as well as the nerves, and is a well-known mild sedative.

Although most herbal remedies are completely safe, we again want to caution you to see your doctor before consuming any herbal remedy, no matter how safe it is considered to be. Many herbs interact badly with other medications and this can lead to a worsening of symptoms or even serious side effects.  Please consult a qualified doctor, herbalist, or naturopath before stopping your medication or before consuming any herbs.

References:

Ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Informahealthcare.com

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