You may also want to read this article, Q&A:
Endogenous Depression, Psychiatric Meds, and Chinese Herbs.
Yes, there are Chinese medicine treatments for bipolar affective
The key in Chinese medicine (CM) is to see an acupuncturist/herbalist
one on one, get a diagnosis, then get the acupuncture and herbs
that best fits the patient.
Just like in Western medicine, CM is a medical system, and requires
a detailed intake, history and exam. We put together our Chinese
medical diagnosis with the DSMIVR type diagnosis (Bipolar Affective
Disorder, for example) and use both to come up with the best treatment.
It would be irresponsible and possibly harmful for me to suggest
specific herbs for someone I haven't seen personally.
To find an acupuncturist, check out this
Let me know if you or your friend have any other questions.
All the best!
Our problem that the acupuncturist in our area does not know
much about BAD. Could you send for me a document or link that
describe BAD disease and how can it be treated using Chinese medicine
Thank you in advance,
Tell him to get Chinese Medical Psychiatry by Bob Flaws and James
Lake, published by Blue Poppy Press. Also, he can email me about
the classical use of acupoints for psychological diseases (from
a book not yet published in English by European Chinese Medicine
expert Philippe Sionneau).
For a psychiatric resource on BAD, see this
page from one of my favorite western medicine sites, eMedicine.
Also, your friend should be sure to keep seeing his psychiatrist,
I just want to say,
THANK YOU VERY MUCH !!!!