Home Remedies and Natural treatments for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is serious mental illness. It is known for the both names: manic depression or manic depressive disorder. This disease should be treated well because it can be reason for bad behavior, unstable relationship and career and in some cases there can be suicide tendencies. Bipolar disorder is condition when the mood is changing a lot, from mania to depression. In some cases there can be normal moods, but they last a bit. Depression is condition when people who are affected with this disease are feeling sad, they are crying a lot, they have low-self esteem, do not sleep well, do not have energy to finish their task and are not enjoying in anything they are do. While manic is condition when people are talkative, restless, energetic, powerful, and reckless and they are having euphoric period. In some points this high mood can pass in darker mood-anger, confusion, irritation and feeling trapped. Because there are two types of moods for this disease, it is very hard for doctors to diagnose it. In some cases those symptoms (of depression) can last for few weeks and in other cases it can last with months. While the manic symptoms are high, people who are affected with it are feeling that they can do everything. But the serious problems are happening when the mania starts to grow. This change can be serious for the people with bipolar disorder because it can lead to suicide thoughts. There are many medicines and natural remedies for this disease. We recommend you to try natural cures for it.

Bipolar Disorder – Home Remedies and Natural cures

Brahmi: Bacopa or Brahmi is used for treatment of bipolar disorder because functions as sedative and also as mild stimulant. It relieves the mental nervousness and also is helping to enhance the memory. If you want to have good results from this plant, then you should drink a few teaspoons of Brahmi extract from the leaves daily for several weeks. If you do not want to drink Brahmi extract, then you should consume brahmi ghee. Also you can find Brahmi as a supplement. Before you start to use this supplement, you should consult with your doctor for the recommended intake amount. Also you can massage your head with Brahmi oil which will help you to relax your brain. [1,2]

Valerian root: Valerian root has strong sedative properties. These properties are helping to calm the nervous system. This herb is used as alternative medicine for sleep problems, mood disorders and anxiety. It reliefs you from the nervousness, tension, stress, anxiety and moderate mood changes. You can find in all stores around the world. It can be in many shapes such as capsules, liquid extract, dried valerian root and tea bags. [1]

Magnesium: This element has similar effects as lithium, but is having less health risks. It reduces the symptoms of mania. Also it works as a mood balancer. Magnesium promotes good and quality sleep. If you are having magnesium deficiency in your body, then you can have increased chances for anxiety and insomnia [3]. When you have periods of stress and hard working, the magnesium levels are naturally depleted during these periods. You should take oral magnesium supplements. The better way to include magnesium in your diet is to take food rich with magnesium such as soybeans, sunflower seeds, cashews, black beans, spinach, pumpkin seeds and Swiss chard.

Fish oil: Fish oil is rich with omega-3 fatty acids which are good for bipolar disorder treatment. EPA and DHA which is contained in the fish oil are essential for hormone production and nerves health. It can improve the function of the brain. Also it can reduce the depression [4]. You should take fish oil supplements. You should consult with your doctor for the amount that you should intake. Also you should eat fish which are rich with omega-3 fatty acid such as salmon, tuna, herring, trout and mackerel.

Ashwagandha: This herb is working as nerving tonic. It is improving the symptoms of the bipolar disorder. Sensorial which is compound found in the ashwagandha can improve 3 separate functions of the nerve system [5]. Also it can help with social environment, audio and video working memory and reaction time. You should take 500 mg of Ashwagandha leaves extract daily for several weeks.

Passion flower: This herb has sedative properties. It can reduce the anxiety and nervous during the manic episodes of the bipolar disorder [6]. This flower has no side effects. But in some cases it can cause upset stomach. But before you start to use this flower you should consult with your doctor for the amount that you should take. You can make tea from this flower. Add one teaspoon of passion flower in a cup of hot water. Let this herb too steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and drink this tea from passion flower a few times a day.

John’s Wort: This is popular herb which is used as antidepressant and is helping to depression. It is also good to help to brain chemicals. Sometimes this herb can have side effects so you should consult with your doctor before you start using it. It interacts with many prescription medications.

B Vitamins: B Vitamins should be used as a treatment for the people who are suffering from bipolar disorder. Vitamins B1, B6, B9 and B12 are very important for the organism because they can reduce depression, anxiety, mood swings, irritability and fatigue. Vitamin B1 is improving the circulation in the brain. Vitamin B6 is reducing the irritability. Vitamin B9 is effective for the brain to have its effective functions and also affects on brain chemicals. Vitamin B12 is effective for neurotransmitters. If you have deficiency from this vitamin, then you can have depression, fatigue, mania, irritability and psychosis. The B Vitamins are working all together. If you want to have better results, then you should take B-complex which contains all of the B-vitamins. Also it will be good for your health to eat food which is rich with these vitamins such as eggs, milk, whole grains, leafy greens, soy products and fortified cereals. [7]

Licorice: This herb also can help to people which are suffering from bipolar disorder. It acts as antidepressant. Also it can help to hormone production. If you are having bipolar disorder, then you should drink tea from this plant. You should one teaspoon of dried licorice root in a cup of hot water. Let it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain this mixture. Now your tea is ready and you can drink it.

S-adenosyl-L-methionine: This supplement is reducing the brain depression. You should consult with your doctor before using it.

Herbal combinations: This is a mixture from many different Chinese herbs which can help you to win against this disease.

abdominal pain, bipolar disorderGingko Biloba: This extract is produced by gingko tree. This helps in improving the memory. Also it is improving the blood flow in your brain and is helping you to improve the function of the brain. This is one of the most used home remedies for bipolar disorder and other mental diseases. Gingko biloba is also antioxidant. If you are suffering from depression, you can take this herb. Also it is improving the mood. If you want to have positive changes in your mood, you should consume this herb at least for 8-12 weeks.

Gotu Kola: This herb is reducing the depression and anxiety in many people. But is important for you to know that if you have diabetes or cholesterol problems, then you should not take it. Consult with your doctor before you start using it. If you take this herb regularly, it will reduce the anxiety and depression from the bipolar disorder. [8]

Ginseng: Ginseng is also one of the most used herbs for bipolar disorder. It will increase your memory function. Also it will improve your concentration. People who are suffering from the depression in the bipolar disorder always should take it. Also it has helped to many people who are suffering from fatigue and lethargy due to bipolar disorder. You should always talk with your doctor for the amount that you should take and for the time before you start using it. [9]

Lithium: Lithium is also one of the best home remedies for treating bipolar disorder. It is recommended being used from many medicine experts around the world. It helps to people which are suffering from mania in bipolar disorder.

Black Snakeroot: This herb is working as antidepressant for people affected with bipolar disorder. It is also used as sedative to reduce the bipolar symptoms. This herb should be used with the root to have effective results. You should not use this herb as a long-term herb because it can damage your liver.


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