Herbs, supplements, and dietary changes have been used for centuries to treat emotional conditions.
Orthomolecular psychiatry is a method of treatment based on providing brain cells with an optimal concentration of those substances normally present in the brain, such as nutrients, and removing those substances which do not belong, such as toxins, allergens, and heavy metals. Orthomolecular psychiatry began in the 1970s with the work of such doctors as Abraham Hoffer, Carl C. Pfeiffer, David R. Hawkins and the Nobelist, Linus Pauling. Even though multiple double blind controlled studies have been available for a long time, the field still remains on the outskirts of the western psychiatric approach.
Dietary changes and removal of toxins, particularly heavy metals, are very important in healing emotional and chronic medical conditions.
Herbs are very effective in the treatment of psychiatric conditions. The effect of herbs is usually milder and less toxic to the body. It is usually not one, but multiple biologically active components that are working in conjunction, producing healing effects. Herbs should be cautiously used in combination with medications.