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Could Herbal Remedies for Depression Be A Natural Treatment Option Worth Considering?

Could Herbal Remedies for Depression Be A Natural Treatment Option Worth Considering?

When exploring the possibility of implementing a herbal depression treatment what we are really trying to do is find a side effect free way to reduce the severity of depression until an undetermined amount of time passes. To put this in context keep in mind the average case of untreated depression lasts from eight to nine months. So the action you take during this sensitive time will either shorten and soften depression symptoms or intensify and lengthen their existence, perhaps leading to a severe case of depression lasting many years.

Causes – What are we dealing with here?

Surprisingly the exact cause of depression is unknown but their are enough clues to a least point us in the right direction. One factor seems to be a family history of depression, along with genetics. Research shows that when one identical twin has a mood disorder the unaffected twin has a 50 percent chance of developing the disorder at some point. Perhaps more relevant to our topic of herbal remedies for depression is that depressed people tend to respond similarly to treatment along family lines. For instance if a first degree relative (parent, sibling, or child) has had success with a specific type of herbal remedy for depression the chances are pretty good that a close relative would respond favorably as well.

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Once again no one really knows why this is the case but most believe that it may have to do with how three neurotransmitter chemicals (serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine) interact with each other in certain areas of the brain.

One other interesting guidepost for women worth mentioning is a shortage of vitamin B12. In one study involving 700 women who were deficient in this important vitamin were twice as likely to be severely depressed.

Zeroing in on supplements and herbal remedies for depression

Since the cause of depression is unknown it is possible that one of a number of supplements and herbal remedies for depression might actually help. Obviously vitamin B12 should be considered. Others worth mentioning are SAM-e, omega 3 fish oil, krill oil, basil, black hellebore, clove, ginger, passion flower, rosemary, sage, St. John’s wort, and thyme. Of the herbs there seem to be two that produce better results than the others, especially when combined with moderate exercise and relaxation techniques; St. John’s wort and passion flower.

*St. John’s wort contains the active ingredients glycosides, flavonoids, volatile oils, tannins, and resins.

*Passion flower contains the active ingredients cyanogenic glycosides, flavonoids,  alkaloids, and saparin.

If you have been searching for herbal remedies for depression one could do a lot worse than to embark on the shortened and less severe road to recovery with a herbal depression treatment containing these two herbs.

Rob Hawkins is an enthusiastic advocate for the use of natural health products and natural living with over 10 years experience in the field.
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Posted by Herbs For Me - November 21, 2011 at 11:31 am

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Q&A: Do natural supplements/herbs for anxiety and depression really work?


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Question by sunfly: Do natural supplements/herbs for anxiety and depression really work?
how effective are these and what are good ones for anxiety and depression??

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They didn’t work for me, they just gave me really horrible side effects. I went to the doctor and got put on the real stuff. Its definitely worth it.

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Alternative medicine for depression

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by Chris Devers

Make no mistake about it: depression is a serious and sometimes deadly condition. If you believe that you are suffering from depression, you should speak with your healthcare provider first. While alternative treatments for depression may be helpful and may be an option for you, it is important that you seek the care of medical or mental health professionals when you are depressed. While this is true any time you are depressed, it is especially important if you are feeling like you might hurt yourself or someone else.

There is a lot of hype when it comes to alternative treatments and medicine for depression. However, the truth is that alternative medicine can be used alongside traditional medicine to try to treat depression. There is generally no reason whatsoever, for example, that a person can’t take both Paxil, an antidepressant medication, and St. John’s Wort, a herbal treatment for depression, alongside one another. They hype about alternative medicine and its uses for depression tells us that a person must pick between “greedy pharmaceutical companies” and “herbal voodoo” in treating depression. The truth is that the hype contained in these stereotypes is completely inaccurate.

So, how should you proceed when considering alternative medicine for depression? Well, to start with, it is worth repeating: if you are experiencing depression, seek the help of a mental health professional. Get under the care of a qualified caregiver. After that point, there are a variety of alternative medications you might consider.

There are a variety of herbs that can help with depression. St. John’s Wort is one herb that is thought to help with depression, as noted above. Other herbs that may help with depression can include Chamomile and valerian root. Some herbalists believe that marigold and dandelion may also help.

Another alternative treatment you can use to help with depression is honey. Honey is thought to have all sorts of positive effects on the body. In addition, eating a healthy diet and getting a reasonable amount of exercise can help you do deal with depression. Trying a variety of alternative treatments for depression can be effective, and may be able to give your mood that little extra push it needs to recover from depression.

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Q&A: Has anyone tried any herbs for depression with good results? ?

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Question by Michele C,RN and Jim C.: Has anyone tried any herbs for depression with good results? ?
I’ve been on Paxil for 5 months, and some days are better than others. I was wondering about adding herbal therapies that may help me. I don’t want to take more pharmaceuticals, if I can help it. Thanks for any advice.

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Does anybody know of any good herbs for depression?


by Chris Devers

Question by Prince Cataan: Does anybody know of any good herbs for depression?
also for anxiety. Please no St. John’s Wort, that stuff really messed me up, sensitivity to light, pain in my eyes, etc. it’s poison for me. Anything else that is mild and can act on serotonin, or any other non-herbal remedy tips you can provide. Thanks!

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Natural Herbs For Depression

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HRB338 is an In-Depth Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine Study (Diagnosis and Treatment) of Anxiety Disorder and Mental Illnesses (Unmad in Ayurvedic Sanskrit), along with examination of related Vata Anxiety Disorders, Pitta Anger Violence Mania, Suicidal Tendencies (Suicide), Kapha Sadness Depression and Melancholy. Comparison – Contrast of Anxiety Depression classical Diagnosis (Assessment), Etiology (Causes), Pathology (Disease Process – Progress) and Treatment (Therapies) in both Traditional Chinese Medicine (T.C.M. or Traditional Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture) and Ayurveda — both styles Indo-Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu Ayurveda with along with Tibetan Medicine (Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine – T.A.M.).

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These Hi-Def HDTV videos and the MP3 audio files are the first in a 1.5 trimester unit (22.5 class hours long) series of lectures aimed and comparing, contrasting and synthesizing Anxiety Diagnosis and Anxiety Treatment in both the 2500 year old Chinese Medicine (Zhong Yi or TCM) with the 2500 year old Indian Ayurveda and 1300 year old Tibetan Ayurveda systems (TAM). The goal of this lecture program is to assist the student in seeing and understanding their vast commonalities in both theory (concepts) and practice (clinic) of ancient Indo-Sino-Tibetan psychological – psychiatric therapies in order to learn integrated practice modalities.

This rarely presented synthesis of the healing wisdom of these three great cultures (China, India and Tibet) will not only compare-contrast the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology – psychiatry within the framework of these two time-honored healing systems, but more importantly, will examine in detail the clinical practice aspects of manic – depressive bi-polar treatment — both herbal connections (Indian, Tibetan and Chinese herbs and minerals) and acupressure (Marmas in Ayurvedic Sanskrit) with acupuncture in the Chinese system.

We examine the mind and mental illness from the perspective of the Ayurvedic three doshas (Tridosha – Vata-Pitta-Kapha) and look at their relationship to major concepts in Chinese Medicine that are often spoken of by acupuncturists to their patients. Some of these relationship comparisons include:

1. Vata Dosha (Space and Air – Wind, Cold, Qi [Prana in Ayurvedic Sanskrit]),

2. Pitta Dosha (Fire and Water – Spleen Qi [Jathar Agni in Sanskrit], Heat, Damp-Heat, Blood [Rakta Dhatu in Sanskrit], and Yang),

3. Kapha Dosha (Water and Earth – Phlegm-Mucous [Ama in Sanskrit], Damp-Cold, Jing Qi [Ojas in Sanskrit] and Yin).

Commentary on and Lectures from the ancients texts of Indo-Sino-Tibetan Medicine: Chinese Classic of the Yellow Emperor – Huang Di Nei Jing (~200 B.C.), Shang Han Lun (~150 A.D. traditional Chinese Shang Hán Lùn), Divine Farmers Materia Medica (~150 A.D. The Divine Farmer’s Herb-Root Classic (traditional Chinese Shénnóng bencao jing) with Charaka of Patanjali (~200 B.C.), Sushruta of Nagarjuna (~200 A.D.), Astanga Hridayam of Vagbhata (~700 A.D.) and the "Four Tibetan Medical Tantras" (~800 A.D. "rGyud – bzhi" in Tibetan, pronounced "Ju Shee" — "Si-Bu-Yi-Dian in Mandarin — in Sanskrit it is called the "Amrta-hrdaya-astanga-guhyopadesa-tantra" or Amrita Hridaya Astanga Guhyopadesha Tantra)

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This class is a basic level yet detailed introduction to diseases of the mind and spirit (Ayurvedic Psychology) focusing on diagnosis of Prakruti (genetic constitution of vata-pitta-kapha) and Vikruti (imbalance of three doshas of vata-space-air-movement, pitta-fire-water-metabolism, kapha-water-earth-phlegm-fat).

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The subject of natural herbs for depression/herbs for depression is one that sparks heated debate in certain medical circles. Herbal treatments for depression are considered alternative. The label alternative is defined as when the treatment in question is not widely accepted as effective by conventional mental health experts and medical professionals or the treatment is not the first choice of most doctors in cases of depression. So we can comfortably conclude that natural herbs for depression fall into the alternative medicine category. 
 
Just because herbs for depression are labeled alternative does not mean they aren’t effective. This is especially true in cases of mild depression.
 
There are many different herbs used in natural health formulas. Some of the names often seen are St. John’s wort, Kava, Ginkgo biloba, Basil, Black Hellebore, Ginger, Clove, Oat straw, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.

In this informational article titled “Natural Herbs for Depression” we will briefly explore St. Johns wort, Kava, and Ginkgo biloba.
 
* St. John’s wort – In the world of herbs for depression St. John’s wort has garnered the most attention from researchers. Positive research results seem to support its effectiveness in treating mild depression. It is thought that this natural herb works by reducing the rate at which brain cells reabsorb the neurotransmitter (brain messenger) serotonin, low levels of which have been linked to depression.
 
* Kava – Kava is member of the pepper family and is found in the South Pacific. It is popular in Europe, with four European countries approving Kava preparations for the treatment of depression. Kava seems to be most useful in cases of depression with severe anxiety. There are a few side effects linked to Kava and if you are considering this herb you should do some additional research.
 
* Ginkgo biloba – You are probably surprised to find this supplement on my short list of potentially helpful natural herbs for depression. The simple reason is it may be helpful in helping our senior citizens maintain a healthy positive attitude and avoid depression. A research study concluded Ginkgo biloba was effective in increasing serotonin receptors in people age of 50 and older. This is important because as we age there is a reduction in the number of serotonin receptor sites on brain cells make elderly people more vulnerable to depression. The more serotonin receptors lost, the deeper and darker the depression; Ginkgo helped offset this problematic progression.  
 
Depression is a complicated condition that is thought to be a product of the way serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine interact with chemicals in the brain. Due to this complex interaction it is not likely that all natural herbs for depression will work for everyone. Nevertheless, there seems to be enough compelling evidence to support at least some of the enthusiasm surrounding herbs for depression.
 
Additionally, the main advantage for choosing an herbal depression remedy is not so much in the clinical advantages as it is in the area of safety. While not all herbal remedies for depression are safe for everyone, they do have substantially less side effects than current antidepressant medications such as Zoloft; for this reason alone they are an option worth considering.

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Natural Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Natural Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem, and include panic disorders, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anxiety disorders develop due to an interplay between enviromnental and genetic factors. Cognitive behavior therapy is useful for this disorder, as well as prescription anxiolytic drugs.

However, many patients prefer a natural approach or dislike the side effects of prescription drugs, and there are many non-prescription supplements available to help anxiety. Before starting natural supplements for an anxiety problem, be sure to mention your concerns and get a general checkup from your doctor. Symptoms resembling anxiety and anxiety attacks can be caused by physical diseases such as hormone imbalance, hyperthyroidism or cardiac arrhythmias.

However, if you are sure your problem is an anxiety disorder, the following supplements may be of help, and often have fewer side effects than commercial pharmaceutical products.

Chamomile tea is one of the best-known natural remedies for anxiety. Its affects the digestive tract and the nervous system, thus it is helpful for people who suffer from gastro-intestinal symptoms such as cramps along with mental anxiety. It is recommended that patients drink fresh tea made with chamomile leaves, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per cup of water, several times a day. It is also available in tinctures which can be added to water. Chamomile capsules are convenient to take along to work, and don’t take as long to brew as the tea. The usual dose is 250 to 500 mg 3 to 4 times daily.

Damiana (Turnera diffusa) is a nerve tonic which also has a restorative (adaptogenic) property. It has a calming effect in cases of mild depression and anxiety, and is also reputed to be an aphrodisiac. Damiana contains flavonoids that act on benzodiazepine and GABA receptors. It exhibits anxiolytic activity, muscle relaxation and sedation. Use 2-4 g of dried leaves infused in a cup of boiling water; 2-3 cups are taken daily. Alternatively, 2-4 ml of a liquid extract or 3-4 grams of powdered leaf in tablets or capsules taken twice daily can be substituted if desired.

Damiana has demonstrated mild hypoglycemic effects in animal studies. Patients with diabetes and hypoglycemia should use this plant with caution, and monitor blood sugar levels closely. Damiana has a traditional use as an abortive and is contraindicated during pregnancy.

Kava Kava (Piper methysticum) has a very quick calming effect on the nervous system and causes an uplifting, euphoric feeling. It is also a muscle relaxant and mild sedative. It is helps anxiety, tension, stress, irritability and insomnia. Kava stops the mind from racing, often a symptom of generalized anxiety disorder.

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The usual dose is 750 mg twice daily. Do not exceed 4 capsules per day.

Kava Kava is a traditional Polynesian remedy, and while it has been used safely by Polynesians for centuries, now that it has become popular worldwide it has been linked to some cases of liver failure in people of other ethnic groups who have difficulty metabolizing it. Ask a health care professional before use if you have a history of liver problems, frequently use alcoholic beverages, or are taking any medication. Stop and see a doctor if you develop symptoms that may signal liver problems (e.g., unexplained fatigue, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, vomiting, dark urine, pale stools, yellow eyes or skin).

Do not use kava kava if less than 18 years of age, or if pregnant/breastfeeding. Do not combine with alcoholic beverages, or prescription anxiolytics or antidepressants . Excessive use, or use with products that cause drowsiness, may impair your ability to operate a vehicle or heavy equipment. Do not take Kava Kava on a daily basis for more than four weeks without consulting a health care provider. Take frequent breaks from use.

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is most often used for insomnia, but it can also be taken in the daytime to reduce the effects of stress and anxiety. This herb is often included in European formulas for heart palpitations, which often have anxiety as a component. It is taken in capsule form, 500 mg daily, or 20-30 drops of tincture, or as a fresh tea. Passionflower, though it helps bring on natural sleep, does not have the sedative effects of many prescription sleeping pills.

Pulsatilla is a homeopathic remedy said to be most suitable for shy, hypersensitive people who tend to feel warm rather than cold. Homeopathic practitioners recommend a 30C potency 2-4 times daily for relief of acute symptoms, and 30C or 6C 1-2 times daily for chronic use. Homeopathic remedies use miniscule concentrations of compounds to “nudge” the body into healing itself. They either help or they do not; there are no toxic side effects.

Scullcup (Scutellaria lateriflora) is a relaxing and gentle sedative for the central nervous system. It is very good for nervous tension and for nervous exhaustion plus neurological and neuromotor problems. The dose is 10-20 drops of fresh plant tincture or 1-2 dropperfuls of dried plant tincture. Skullcap can also be sleep inducing, but it is rarely habituating.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is commonly used for depression, but helps anxiety as well. Use a 300 mg extract 3 times daily. Quality varies widely between brands; it is best to buy a product standardized to contain 3-5% hyperforin and 0.3% hypericin. It works by increasing the level of neurotransmitters in the central nervous system such as serotonin and dopamine. Do not use this product if also taking prescription antidepressants.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) has been used since Greek and Roman times to promote sleep and relaxation. It can treat insomnia, anxiety, and stress related gastrointestinal upset. According to one theory, valerian affects the brain in a way similar to valium; while another theory holds that valerian contains GABA, a neurotransmitter which has a calming affect on the brain, or else influences the brain’s natural production of GABA. Also, some reasearchers believe that valerian affects serotonin levels in a manner similar to anitdepressant drugs such as Prozac.

If using valerian to treat insomnia, take the herb 30 to 60 minutes before going to bed. It can be taken 2-4 times daily to help stress and anxiety. The recommended dose of tincture is 30-60 drops, or a capsule or tablet of 300-500 mg.

Some people feel groggy after taking valerian; if this occurs, lower the dose. Avoid hazardous activities while using valerian, and do not combine it with other sedatives, antidepressants or alcohol. Do not take valerian for more than 3 weeks, as it can be habituating.

Verbena (Verbena officinalis) is a relaxing nervous system tonic indicated for a wide range of nervous disorders including nervous exhaustion and stress. As a tincture, use 2-4 mls up to 4 times daily. Avoid use during pregnancy as this herb is a uterine stimulant.

Withania (Withania somnifera) is an ayurvedic herb sold under the name Ashwaghanda. It is a very good tonic herb that is especially helpful for debility and nervous exhaustion due to stress. It has steriodal, adaptogenic, sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also useful for panic attacks and phobic disorders such as agoraphobia. Use 1 tsp powder 3 times daily.

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Lemon Balm Treats Depression, ADHD, and Migraines

Lemon Balm Treats Depression, ADHD, and Migraines

Lemon Balm is used in Quantum Brain Healing to treat primary brain disease or secondary brain symptoms from diseases targeting other body organs. Diabetes, herpes, and cardiac diseases target specific organs, but often have serious symptoms that co-exist in the brain and remain undiagnosed. Lemon balm is a great herb for its strong medical properties and mildness. Lemon balm can be grown in your garden and made as a tea. Quantum Brain Healing uses this herb as an antiviral and antibiotic agent. It can act as an antidepressant for mild depression.

Lemon Balm inhibits the production of the thyroid hormone and could help treat Hashimoto’s disease in its early phase. It can also treat hyperthyroid or Graves disease. Do not take this herb if you have hypothyroid disease or take thyroid medicine.

Lemon balm is a sedative and antioxidant. It can be used to treat stress and anxiety. Its sedative effect can benefit nervous exhaustion. This herb acts on the brain in many ways to reduce signs of aging. Aging of the brain may be accelerated by bacterial and viral infections that go undiagnosed and untreated. Any herb that has antibiotic and antiviral actions may be taken on a regular basis and prevent this type of occurrence. Green tea falls into this category.

Lemon Balm is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor and can help Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in their earliest phases. This may delay the onset of the disease in many people. It can be used to prevent mild to moderate dementia.

Lemon balm acts on the hippocampus area of the brain and functions as an antispasmodic. It can treat ADHD hyperactivity and migraine headaches. Lemon balm can help clear the brain for enhanced learning for those with a brain disease.

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Dr R Stone has a Medical Degree in Alternative Medicine from India, MBA in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and BBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr R Stone also trained in Laser Therapy and NAET. Dr R Stone has trained with the International Association of Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics.

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