Harvard Mental Health Letter

Natural supplements for mental health

Some complementary and alternative therapies may be worth trying.

Even the best available medical treatments don't work for everyone. Seeking other sources of relief, roughly four in 10 Americans — and as many as half of those with psychiatric disorders — use herbal supplements and other types of complementary or alternative medicines (CAM) in any given year.

Recognizing how widespread such "alternative" medicines have become, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Department of Psychiatry convened a one-day conference on the topic. What follows is a quick review of safe — and often effective — natural therapies used for a variety of mental health problems.

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