All About Alternative Medicine
Alternative mental health includes alternative and integrative medicine. Anything that comes from nature aims at healing and can help with illness. Such as vitamin therapy, herbal remedies, homeopathic medicine, specific diets, exercise, and more.
For every human illness, somewhere in the world, there exists a plant which is the cure.– Rudloph Steiner
There are many symptoms that can plague our minds and our bodies. From all different diagnoses to just symptomatic distinctions. Some of these symptoms are physical as well as mental.
Mental health should not be determined or diagnosed simply by the DSM criteria alone. Symptoms should be examined and treatment needs to be based on the patients’ symptomology rather than labeled diagnoses.
There are many ways to heal the brain’s biochemistry naturally. Let’s continue on a journey to the main topic of alternative mental health that is on the rise currently…
Alternative Mental Health & Epigenetics
Epigenetics is any process that alters gene activity and expression without changing the DNA sequence.
There are different types of epigenetic processes. Some of the major ones include methylation, acetylation, phosphorylation, ubiquitylation, and sumoylation.
It is likely that other epigenetic processes will be revealed as research and studies proceed.
Epigenetic processes are natural and essential to many organism functions. The thing is if they are occurring improperly, there can be adverse health and behavioral effects. Many of these health concerns are related to mental health.
With epigenetic research, we know that the chemical reactions and environment that start in the womb can determine which genes get expressed and which get silenced in the tissues and organs.
Not only that, but environmental factors can alter gene expression anytime throughout a person’s lifespan.
Alternative Mental Health & Methylation
The main epigenetic process that is focused on mental illness is methylation. This is the addition or removal of a methyl group. This can impact one’s DNA and mental health greatly.
It has been determined that mental illness results from environmental factors that cause genes to be expressed improperly.
Examples of alternative mental health environmental factors are nutrient imbalances or toxic exposure to nutrients. These may contribute to the alteration and may be the root cause of mental illness.
Certain nutrients have a powerful role in determining which genes are being expressed and which ones are being silenced.
This topic really focuses on the proper balance between these nutrients. This is essential for healthy mental functioning.
Good alternative mental health requires a proper level of synaptic activity at neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and others.
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