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Are there any natural cures for mania?

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Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 17 years experience
No: I am not aware of any cures for mania - natural or via treatment. Continued treatment can control symptoms but relapses might still occur.
Dr. Jeffrey Satinover
Psychiatry 40 years experience
Well, yes: The oldest and best known treatment to prevent mania--lithium--is a naturally-occurring mineral salt whose therapeutic benefits were first applied to kidney stones. Slowly, their beneficial effects on mania were discovered. Like digitalis--an extract of foxglove found to be helpful for "dropsy", then created in pure form as digoxin--many modern psych medications are natural, just purified.

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