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Bipolar Disorder and Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Effect of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Bipolar Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine can work to help treat the many symptoms and perhaps underlying causes of bipolar and other mood disorders. Through dietary, herbal, body manipulations like acupuncture and massage, mind/body work like qi gong or tai chi, and personal one-on-one connection with the practitioner(s), TCM offers a multi-faceted means of healing that can treat myriad conditions.

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Research Evidence on Traditional Chinese Medicine

One study reported that an herbal combination utilized in traditional Chinese medicine ("Free and Easy Wanderer") may augment the effectiveness of carbamazepine treatment for bipolar disorder.20


  1. Zhang ZJ, Kang WH, Tan QR, et al. Adjunctive herbal medicine with carbamazepine for bipolar disorders: A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study. J Psychiatr Res. 2005 Aug 1. [Epub ahead of print].

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