Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Natural Remedy For Depression - A Look at Alternative Medicines

Proponents for a natural remedy for depression swear about the benefits of St. John's Wort, Ginseng, Ginkgo Biloba, Folic Acid, Vitamins B6 and Vitamin B9. St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is used to treat mild to moderate depression with some success.

Piper methysticum or Kava Kava is relatively new but has been successfully used to treat depression.

Other herbs touted as being great for calming and treating depression are chamomile, sage, licorice, basil, clove, rosemary and ginger. This list is not comprehensive as there are many others available.

Many of these products can be purchased in healthy food stores.

According to the book "7 Steps to a Depression Free Life" by Nancy Miller, food can play a part in maintaining good health. Minerals and vitamin deficiency has been found in test done on persons with depression.

Despite the fact that these medications are natural, you should not use them without first speaking with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or are taking prescriptive depression medications.

Apart from herbs, other natural remedies for treating depression include acupuncture, aromatherapy, and homeopathy among others.

Homeopathy is the use of diluted doses of a substance to treat a disease that could be used by large doses of those same substances. Put another way, homeopathy encourages the body to heal itself.

Other natural remedies for depression include stress management techniques using meditation, yoga and exercise.

Last but not least is life coaching; Nancy Miller recommends life coaching as a good alternative to counseling as it helps the depressed person focus on the present and the future. Talking, the most natural remedy for depression.

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