Recent studies show that complementary and alternative medicines have marginal if any affect on patients with bipolar disorder. The researchers studied tests done in the past with patients having both bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder in which CAM methods were used to treat them. Among the CAM methods employed were those of St. Johns wort, SAMe, omega-3 fatty acids, and acupuncture. Most proved to be ineffective, although so few tests have actually been done with bipolar disorder patients that the researchers have ruled the evidence inconclusive. Although the researchers felt that the treatments would be unbeneficial there is still a chance that with a mass study some could benefit from these alternative treatments. (Davenport, http://linkinghub.elsevier.com, 8/14/2008)

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