Can Supplements, CAM Improve Mental Health?

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Does complementary and alternative medicine - like supplements, acupuncture, yoga - really work to improve your mental health? Take a look.

Can Supplements, CAM Improve Mental Health?

Many people choose complementary and alternative (CAM) medicine as a way of treating mental illness and helping their mental health. Complementary treatments are those that are used in addition to—to complement—traditional forms of treatment, usually medication. Alternative medicines replace those traditional treatments.  Either way, do supplements and other alternative or natural treatments work for conditions like depression and anxiety?

The answer to that question isn’t straightforward. There are so many types of CAMs that they can’t be lumped into the same category of effectiveness. Some of the common CAMs include:

  • Dietary supplements
  • Herbal remedies, including some herbal teas
  • Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Accupuncture
  • Accupressure
  • Reiki
  • Reflexology

CAMs differ in their effectiveness and safety. Dietary supplements and herbal remedies are perhaps the most controversial. Some have unpleasant or dangerous side-effects. Some exacerbate existing health conditions such as autoimmune disorders. Also, not all are regulated, and ingredients can be contaminated.

Yet CAM treatments can sometimes improve mental health conditions. These are both effective and safe. Further, CAMs are often more economical than prescription medication.

You can do things to make an informed decision. Arm yourself with knowledge. Read books and consult reputable websites. Work with your doctor, who knows you, your mental and physical health, and medication needs. Together, you can find treatment that is helpful and safe.

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Peterson, T. (2019, April 30). Can Supplements, CAM Improve Mental Health?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 13 from

Last Updated: May 1, 2019

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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