Natural Treatments for Depression

Natural Treatments for Depression.

There is no doubt that within the last 100 years, medical science has made tremendous progress in determining the causes and cures of countless diseases, disorders and syndromes.  Many illnesses and diseases that would have killed you a hundred years ago can be taken care with a simple vaccine or a surgical procedure. This, of course, is a good thing because the relief of suffering is always on a physician or medical researcher's mind.  If no one had asked, "what is this fungus?" we wouldn't have penicillin.

Many people don't know that a majority of medicines we use comes from plants, leaves, fungi, bark and flowers?  We just extract the active ingredients from these natural sources, combine them with stabilizers, and viola, we have vitamins, lotions, and medicines.  There are many natural or herbal compounds are used for a wide variety of medical conditions , including natural remedies for depression.

Using  Natural Remedies for Depression

The first thing you should do if you believe you are depressed is see your physician or psychiatrist right away. Don't try a natural remedy for depression unless you have been professionally diagnosed first.  Together with the help of your physician, you can decide the best way to treat your depression. If you would like to try a natural remedy for depression, your physician can advise you of the positive and negative effects of this approach and provide you with material about natural remedies for depression.

St. John's Wort is the most well known  natural remedy for mild to moderate depression. This includes seasonal affective disorder (also known as cabin fever), anxiety and insomnia, both of which are associated with depression.  St. John's Wort is a wild flower with orange petals and known to have anti-viral properties.  As a natural remedy for depression, it is thought to work the same way that prescription anti-depressant medications called Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitors, or SSRIs work; by elevating the levels of the brain neurotransmitter, serotonin, which governs moods, sleep, appetite and other body functions.  Prozac, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Zoloft, and other SSRIs should never be taken with St. John's Wort;   If St. John's Wort does not work for you, talk to your physician or psychiatrist about other anti-depressants.

Many natural remedies have side effects when combined with plants or prescription drugs.  St John's Wort can decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives as well as the AIDS medication Indinvir and triptan class of migraine relievers.  It can also cause uterine bleeding, miscarriages, and sensitivity to sunlight.

There are other natural remedies for depression that don't appear to work as well as St. John's Wort. Valerian root which is a natural sleep aid and sedative, soy lecithin, wild oats, and the California poppy are among these natural remedies. It should be noted that the seeds of the California poppy are not the same as the opium poppy seeds that produce the narcotics opium and codeine. The California poppy acts as a mild sedative, relieving the anxiety commonly associated with depression.

The first step to beating depression is learning more about depression.

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