Though they are not to be used in place of doctor-recommended medication and therapy, several alternative therapies can be used as additional treatments. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to be successful in improving depression, as has acupuncture - though both are lacking complete scientific evidence. The herb St. John's wort has also as improved some cases of depression, though it is not recommended because of its interactions with other medications and possible manic side effects. Yoga as a stress relief technique and form of exercise is beneficial to bipolar depression and bipolar disorder.
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Donna Hill Howes, RN, Administrator, answeredFor depression with bipolar disorder, your doctor will prescribe mood-stabilizing medications and perhaps an antidepressant to boost the low mood. If you want to complement your doctor's conventional medical treatment with alternative medicine therapies, you need to first talk with your doctor. Some scientific research shows that omega-3 fatty acids may reduce depressive symptoms linked with bipolar disorder. The popular herbal treatment St. John's wort may trigger mania in some people and can interact with antidepressants. Acupuncture can ease depression, but more scientific research is necessary to determine if acupuncture is effective in specifically treating bipolar disorder depressive episodes.