Show Summary Details
Page of

The role of complementary and alternative therapies for the management of bipolar disorder 

The role of complementary and alternative therapies for the management of bipolar disorder
Chapter:
The role of complementary and alternative therapies for the management of bipolar disorder
Author(s):

Arun V. Ravindran

and Tricia L. da Silva

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198748625.003.0029
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 22 July 2019

Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies are a group of diverse medical and health systems, practices, and products not currently considered to be part of conventional medicine. These therapies have growing popularity and it is suggested that more than a third of patients with bipolar disorder (BD) use some form of CAM therapy. Although there are several forms of CAM therapies, including physical therapies, nutraceuticals, herbal remedies, and mindfulness-based interventions, reports in BD are few in number and often of poor quality. Sleep deprivation has the strongest evidence for benefit as an augmentation therapy in bipolar depression. There is promising evidence for other CAM therapies, including exercise, bright light therapy, omega-3 fatty acids, N-acetylcysteine, and the traditional Chinese medicine formulation, Free and Easy Wanderer Plus. However, limitations such as small number of studies, small sample sizes, few randomized investigations, and contradictory findings currently preclude definitive recommendations.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.