Natural herbal treatments take advantage of the body’s natural healing abilities for treating various conditions. As you may already be aware of, nowadays, there are herbal treatments for almost every condition known to man, with some of them actually being found to have a decent scientific basis. Depression is no exception. In today’s post we are going to cover a variety of natural antidepressant alternatives that are easily found in today’s market. If this is something you are interested in, please keep reading.
Before we get into the various alternatives available to you, we want to mention that herbal remedies are not for everyone. What we mean by that is that some people respond well to them and others don’t respond at all. You may have to just give one a try for a while to see if it works for your situation. Also, always even though they are natural remedies, we strongly recommend that you consult your doctor before using them.
Valerian, which has long been known as an herb that can combat anxiety attacks, has also been linked to depression. Since anxiety and depression tend to be encountered in the same patients, Valerian has sometimes been used as a means of treating both conditions with just one herb. Valerian has also been used to treat insomnia, which is similar to anxiety in that both are medical conditions that are often closely linked to depression. Valerian works by releasing a number of compounds into the body that boost production of gamma-aminobutyric acid, which is an inhibitory chemical used by the central nervous system.
Gotu kola, an ayurvedic herb, has also been used as a natural antidepressant. Among practitioners of ayurvedic medicine, in is known as brahmi. The dried stems, flowers, and leaves of this particular plant contain a host of components that can be useful for treating depression and anxiety, including asiatic acid and madecassic acid. It has also been known to help people improve their moods, as well as having benefits for memory and concentration.
St. John’s Wort
According to medical science, the leaves contain a number of natural antidepressants or chemicals that often appear as base ingredients in a wide range of common depression medication. Typically, using this can have noticeable positive effects on mild depression in about two weeks. However, for more severe cases, the usual time frame is closer to around six months of regular use. St. John’s Wort should be taken with food, and taking it with alcohol should be avoided to minimize the chances of developing side effects. Note that this has been known to interact with other medications, so a pharmacist should also be consulted for more information.
Gingko-biloba has also been cited as a potential natural antidepressant, though there hasn’t been too much testing on this possibility. This particular substance has a number of components that boost the blood circulation to the brain. Since depression can be caused by a lack of proper blood flow to the brain, the use of gingko-biloba can be helpful in this regard. However, it should be noted that not all cases of depression are caused by a lack of proper blood circulation to the brain. In other words, this may not be the best treatment for every depressed individual, depending solely on what caused the depression in the first place. Gingko-biloba, according to some recent findings, can be successful in treating depression in cases where standard medication fails.
We hope that you enjoyed this post and found some of the information useful. If you have other suggestions for natural antidepressant alternatives or personal feedback on the ones we mentioned above, we’d love to hear from you. Just use the comment box below. Until next time. (Note: Before you go, have a look at our depression bracelets, which is another natural way of dealing with depression.)
Disclaimer – Please keep in mind that we are not trained professionals here at Tools For Depression And Anxiety. The information on antidepressant alternatives mentioned above was posted for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor for any mental health issues.
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