Alternative Therapies For Depression
There is no evidence that any alternative treatment is
effective for treating moderate to severe depression. For some people,
however, they may be used as an addition to other treatments -- providing
relaxation, relief from depressive symptoms, and helping you cope with some of
the causes of depression such as grief, anxiety, changing roles, and even
physical pain. If you have depression and are considering using an alternative
form of therapy, it is important to seek the advice of your healthcare provider.
What is Alternative Therapy?
A health treatment that
is not classified as standard western medical practice is referred to as
"alternative" or "complementary." Alternative therapy encompasses a variety of
disciplines that include everything from diet and exercise to mental
conditioning and lifestyle changes. Examples of alternative
therapies include acupuncture, guided imagery, chiropractic treatments, yoga,
hypnosis, biofeedback, aromatherapy, relaxation, herbal remedies, massage, and