Natural Remedies for Depression

Clinically used in Germany for over 40 years, St. John’s Wort has been proven to be a successful antidepressant as well as antibiotic and anti-viral agent.

Several clinical studies have shown that those with depression do have lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood. One of the studies showed that the lower the level of EPA, the more severe the clinical depression.

Having the right amino acids can promote mental well being. Vitamin B6 also helps your body maintain the correct levels of serotonin and norepinephrine.

Acupuncture – An ancient healing remedy from China which uses very tiny needles to activate certain points (meridians) on the body to control symptoms, treat illnesses and improve health. Acupuncture can act as an antidepressant by improving mood and symptoms associated with depression such as insomnia, fatigue, changes in appetite and anxiety.

Meditation – Numerous studies have shown meditation to have many health benefits as well as improving mood, anxiety and stress. Meditation can be a helpful addition to treating depression.
Natural Remedies for Depression: Alternative Treatments to Antidepressants

Kava (Piper methysticum) is a natural remedy for depression.

This plant has been used for years by South Pacific islanders. It is a calming plant that elicits a feeling of well-being and contentment. Many studies have shown Kava to be effective for depression without side effects.

Tryptophan, an amino acid has been found to relieve depression.

The synthetic drugs containing tryptophan have been taken off the market, however, natural sources are available. Tryptophan occurs naturally in many foods. Foods with natural sources of tryptophan include: fish, turkey, whole-grain cereals, vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.
Natural remedies for depression

The traditional medicine of India -Ayurveda advocates yoga, massage and meditation, which increase “prana”or the energy of life. A concoction of Ashwagandha and Brahmi powder steeped in water for 10 minutes and drunk twice or thrice a day is said to cure depression.

Another natural remedy for depression, which is widely advocated, is drinking a “kasahayam” or tea made from the (Indian basil) tulsi and sage.

Aromatherapy has gained popularity of late because of its ability to help the body to relax and revive the nervous system. Inhalation of some herbal oils like rose, jasmine, lime, and grapefruit is a natural remedy for depression.
Natural remedies for depression

St. John’s Wort is one of the best natural herbal remedies for depression.

New research provides support for the use of St. John’s wort extracts in treating major depression. A Cochrane Systematic Review backs up previous research that showed the plant extract is effective in treating mild to moderate depressive disorders.

“Overall, we found that the St. John’s wort extracts tested in the trials were superior to placebos and as effective as standard antidepressants, with fewer side effects,” says lead researcher, Klaus Linde of the Centre for Complementary Medicine in Munich, Germany. (Medical News Today).
Herbal Remedies for Depression

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