Alternative treatment or complementary treatments are health treatments that are not classified under Western medical practice standards. Holistic and Alternative Medicine could incorporate a number of disciplines, from mentally conditioning the patient to depression triggers, to making lifestyle changes. The effectiveness of alternative therapies
has been a topic of discussion amongst medical practitioners and patients alike. While some question its effectiveness, others pair alternative therapies with other conventional treatments, to help individuals cope with depression. Acupuncture
, reflexology, guided imagery, yoga, music therapy, massage and herbal remedies, are some alternative therapies that help in treating depression.