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Natural Treatments for Depression in New Book

Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression in Therapy: Combining Natural Remedies with Conventional Care

by Peter B. Bongiorno, ND, LAc

Whether it’s the latest diet craze, acupuncture, fish oil, vitamin D, St. John’s wort, or some new “miracle mood cure,” many therapists don’t feel sufficiently well versed in the various complementary and alternative (CAM) remedies available and may fear deleterious side-effects or interactions with psychiatric drugs their clients are already taking. Even more pervasive is the safety concern that their clients may inappropriately experiment with these treatments in lieu of more potent and, sometimes, necessary conventional care.

In this book, Dr. Peter Bongiorno, a naturopath who regularly works with mental health clients, addresses all these common concerns and more when it comes to treating anxiety and depression. He walks readers through the fundamentals, laying out the basic principles of holistic care, the most salient CAM research to date as well as its safety concerns, and steps to take to determine if it’s appropriate to introduce a CAM modality to your client’s treatment. He also explains when holistic approaches may not be appropriate. With instructive graphics and loads of case vignettes, this resource is your go-to guide for understanding the complementary and alternative options for two of therapy’s most ubiquitous problems.

Readers are taught how to assess lifestyle and physiological factors that can contribute to a client’s anxiety and depression, such as sleep, diet, caffeine intake, media use, thyroid issues, and more. With an understanding of these underlying factors in place, the book goes on to outline the most effective vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and mind-body therapies for anxiety and depression— from amino acids to zinc, acupuncture to Qi gong, and everything in between—including dosages, best applications, and contraindications.

“Bongiorno brings us a clinically relevant and comprehensive exploration of the drivers of anxiety and depression and their natural evidence-based solutions. . . . This is a tour, not of complementary and alternative medicine, but of good medicine, and the only approach that makes sense for our population, increasingly disabled by mental illness. Learn about the science that supports safe and effective lifestyle interventions to experience the health freedom you never imagined possible.” — Kelly Brogan, MD, ABIHM, Holistic Women’s Health Psychiatrist

PETER BONGIORNO, ND, LAc, a doctor of naturopathic medicine and acupuncturist, is co-director of InnerSource Natural Health and Acupuncture (InnerSourceHealth.com) in New York City. President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians, he is past researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health. He’s an expert author in emotional disorders, contributor to numerous online media, including PsychologyToday.com, DrOz.com and Sharecare.com, and is regularly interviewed as a natural medicine expert on national television and radio.

Holistic Solutions for Anxiety & Depression in Therapy
Publication Date: March 16, 2015
Pages: 416 pages/Hardcover
Price: $37.50 US
ISBN-13: 978-0-393-70934-6


Many Are Coming To Rely On Energy Medicine

By Meeri Banks

There are many ways to assist your healing, besides drugs. One field of complementary or alternative medicine is a school described as energy medicine. This discipline of therapy is based on a belief that the patient can be cared for by a healer who can channel energies. Analysts endeavour to determine imbalances (bioelectrical, chemical, or structural) within the individual and to use healing energies to put right these imbalances.

The terms for this form of therapy, spiritual healing and energy healing came into common usage after the creation of the International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies back in the 1980s. Three distinct methods take the forms of hands-on, hands-off and distant healing. Distant healing occurs with the patient and the therapist in separate locations; it is also known as absent healing.

Reiki, biofield healing, therapeutic touch and contact healing are all brands of therapies. The US National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has categorized health-care techniques that engage scientifically identifiable energies as “Veritable Energies” care. These methods include magnet therapy, light therapy and colorpuncture.

Certified nursing organizations have acknowledged the results arising from therapeutic touch. Diagnosis involving disturbances to a patient’s field was endorsed in 2005/6 by the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. Canadian counsellors have registered the trademark “Therapeutic Touch”; a patient’s field is manipulated by an analyst according to uniform and industry standard techniques.

Some instances of the utilization of electrical energies for healing include quicker healing of wounds. This is done by using electrical currents, the relief of deep-seated pain with a TENS machine and the healing of neurological concerns via deep brain stimulation. The management of pain through electrotherapy techniques has been acknowledged by the American Physical Therapy Association.

Joint mobility, tissue repair and incontinence can all be improved by electrotherapy. TENS machines use electrical impulses to affect how pain signals are transmitted to the brain; they can be a side-effect free alternative to pharmaceuticals for many forms of pain relief. Psychotherapists use bioenergetics to analyse and treat anxiety, depression and muscular tension.

Bioenergetics represents one dynamic “body work” practice. The objectives of this methodology are the accomplishment of corporal and psychological well being in the course of a therapeutic process that permits the procedure of energy flowing through the human body and brain. Neuroscientific research has borne out the value of “Body work” as a psychotherapeutic tool.

This area of medicine considers all corporal energies as fundamentals for vivacity, emotional welfare and physical fitness. It acts to improve physical condition and contentment by way of these energies. The re-establishment of a harmonious and balanced whole is achieved by non-invasive massaging of the patient’s accupoints.

About the Author:

Meeri Banks has studied reiki healing and all spiritual healing arts for over 15 years. Currently she has been working with the Ataana Method. If you would like to learn more about Ataana Healing Method Nashville, TN, she suggests you visit her friends www.ataanamethod.com.