It may seem that taking medication as prescribed, regular socializing, and going to therapy, are as much as one can do, in order to achieve optimum emotional wellness. It is good news, that there is even more that one can do, in their quest of recovery.

Doctors themselves are beginning to recognize the additional benefits of many of these practices, if for nothing else than the increasing scientific literature on their efficacy. Even the most mainstream practitioner, those who tell their patients not to take so much as a chelated magnesium supplement, will likely approve of all of them as health-promoting.

If no deliberate ingestion of a foreign chemical is taking place, things get much safer.

Please view the Statistics Terminology page for explanations of meta-analyses (MA’s) and systematic reviews (SR’s).

The 272-page, 2016, Complementary & Alternative Medicine for Mental Health handbook, is free as a pdf. Unfortunately, much of it is void for the purposes of this section, as this is to deal with techniques and practices, not psychoactive supplements.

Overall, complementary medicine has data behind it. For instance, increasing the quality of life in cancer patients (MA/SR). Yet there are a whole slew of complementary healing techniques, many of which haven’t been adequately assessed for medicinal potential, or that have been assessed, and found not to be significantly effective as healing practices.

The most evidence-based practices will be covered.

More specifically, are listed several of the main techniques, largely originating in the East, that are making an ever greater impact on the medicinal tactics of the West.

  • Acupuncture
    • Very fine needles are carefully, painlessly, slid through the skin to activate the energy flow along various pathways (meridians).
    • These points may be in muscle, connective tissue, or nerves
    • Blood flow increases
    • The body’s pain-reliever chemicals become more active

  • Massage
    • The practitioner manipulates the body’s soft tissue (ligaments, skin, tendons, muscle, connective tissue)
    • Various degrees of pressure and movement of tissue is applied in specific places
    • Several different kinds exist (Swedish, Deep, Trigger point, Sports)
    • Officially, is effective against pain, stress, and muscle tension
    • Reduces the adverse effects of recovering from major surgery

  • Yoga
    • Combines meditation, physical poses, and breathing techniques
      • Meditation brings non-judgemental awareness of the present
      • Poses (postures) increase flexibility and strength
      • Breath control leads to bodily control and mental peace
    • Many forms and styles exist
    • Can reduce stress, increase fitness, and help manage chronic conditions of both physical and emotional nature

Sources: http://www.mayoclinic.org