Alternative treatments for depression should not be used in place of psychotherapy or conventional treatments; however, certain supplements and relaxation techniques, including tai chi and yoga, may aid in relieving the problem, according to Mayo Clinic. Consulting with a doctor before using the unapproved treatments is necessary.
Research is ongoing to determine if omega-3 fatty acids can treat depression, reports Mayo Clinic. Good sources of the fatty acids include flax oil and cold-water fish. Excessive use of omega-3 supplements may interfere with other treatments. St. John's wort and SAMe are other supplements that may treat the condition; however, they are not approved. Massage, acupuncture and meditation may be used together with conventional treatments and psychotherapy to counter the problem.