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Do St. John's wort, omega-3s, inositol, or SAMe help treat postpartum depression?

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More research is needed on how dietary supplements affect postpartum depression. Studies on St. John’s wort have had mixed results.

Studies on omega-3 fatty acids suggests it may improve symptoms when used with antidepressants, but more analysis is needed and it wasn’t a replacement for medicines.

Studies on the supplements inositol, which is a B vitamin, and SAMe suggest they don't help with depression. If you're thinking about trying supplements, ask your doctor to check which ones are safe for you to try.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Depression and complementary health approaches.”    

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, alternative or integrative health: What’s in a name?”   

Buttner, M. , May 2015. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 tips: What you should know about the science behind depression and complementary health approaches.”

Breese McCoy, S. , February 2011. Southern Medical Journal

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Massage therapy for health purposes.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation techniques for health.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In depth.”

Qureshi, N. , May 2013. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acupuncture: In depth.”

Deligiannidis, K. , January 2014. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 03, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Depression and complementary health approaches.”    

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, alternative or integrative health: What’s in a name?”   

Buttner, M. , May 2015. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “5 tips: What you should know about the science behind depression and complementary health approaches.”

Breese McCoy, S. , February 2011. Southern Medical Journal

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Massage therapy for health purposes.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Relaxation techniques for health.”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Meditation: In depth.”

Qureshi, N. , May 2013. Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Acupuncture: In depth.”

Deligiannidis, K. , January 2014. Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on July 03, 2018

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