If you answered yes to these or some of these, consider your emotional wellbeing and your mental health status. You may find it refreshing to know that scientific evidence has proven successful natural therapies for enhancing mood and help to reduce associated symptoms.
Naturopathically and holistically, your emotional health and brain health requires a full review as there are many factors involved in terms of mood imbalances. Our complex web of hormones, neurotransmitters and body systems all need to be considered for each person individually, along with lifestyle and food as contributing elements.
Many clients are pleasantly surprised to learn of the many nutritional and herbal medicines available to them for support. Natural methods can also complement existing pharmaceutical medications and other allied health services.
That all sounds great you say, but how?
By completing a face to face full body system review, plus a mood appraisal, Natural Health Practitioner’s are attempting to identify possible biochemical and cellular imbalances.
After a full medical history, functional pathology is often required to identify key areas of under-function which assists to tailor a more targeted treatment plan and enable improved monitoring and ongoing testing. Such pathology may include:
- Neurotransmitter levels (Dopamine/Serotonin/Histamine)
- Methylation markers &/or mutations at gene level
- Folate and B12 levels
- Serum copper and ratio with zinc
- Thyroid & other hormones
- Urinary pyrrole levels
Key areas are identified as initial symptom relief and results of pathology provide a target for support. This may include:
Food as Medicine – Good Mood Food examples include: antioxidant rich foods (yellow, orange, red), green leafy vegetables, whole-grains, fermented foods. Food elimination support may be added if allergic tendencies and gut reactions to specific foods is present.
Nutrient supplementation is often required in the initial stages of treatment to replenish deficiency and restore function, examples include: tryptophan, B6, zinc, magnesium, B12, vitamin D, folate/folinic acid, L-theanine, pre-probiotics, glutamine, 5-HTP, methylation factors.
Herbal medicine treats organs and system function to bring about balance and alleviate presenting symptoms, examples include: Saffron, Passionflower, Turmeric, Rhodiola, St John’s Wort, Oats (green), Withania, Gynostemma, Lemon Balm, Licorice, Skullcap lateriflora, Astragalus, Bacopa.
Natural Medicine Practitioners consider the following factors as contributing to mood imbalances and mental health disorders:
- Nutrition insufficiency and/or deficiency e.g. copper excess levels in association with a lowered zinc to copper ratio.
- Poor gut function and altered microbiome.
- Chronic exposure to stress and effects on the nervous system, gut and brain.
- Lack of exercise or a sedentary lifestyle affects on cognition and mood.
- Inflammation in its chronic state and the affects on behaviour and mood.
Time to REACH OUT and gain support.
Enquire Today via my Online Enquiry Form. I can help you to begin to understand your own body and how natural medicine plus combined therapies can HELP YOU TO CONTROL YOUR MOODS AND FIND YOUR HAPPY.