03/13/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

8 Natural Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Standard treatments for SAD include light therapy, drugs, and psychotherapy. To learn more about natural approaches to tackling mild winter-blues symptoms, I talked to one of my go-to experts: Martha Howard, MD, medical director of Wellness Associates of Chicago. She's one of the country's earliest pioneers in the practice of integrative medicine. Since the late 1970s, she's been using traditional Chinese medicine (she's a licensed acupuncturist), herbal medicine, and other natural approaches in her practice--long before doing so became fashionable. Here's her advice.