The most traditional treatments for depression are medications and psychotherapy. Herbal treatments are becoming increasingly popular. This is because they are all natural and have few if any side effects. Using herbal treatments should be done with the approval of your physician.
The reason is because herbal supplements could reduce the effectiveness of some of the medications you may already be taking. They could also intensify the results. For example, if you are considering taking an herbal supplement to lower blood glucose levels and you are on medications for that, your blood sugar could drop to a dangerously low level. Herbal supplements are every bit a medication.
For our purposes here, we will look at only a few of the herbs that can be used for anti-depression. They can be very effective and you will want to get the best quality supplement possible. Top quality supplements are of pharmaceutical grade and the metabolic paths of each ingredient are studied at the molecular level. The interactions of the ingredients are also evaluated, so this ensures quality and lets you know that what is on the label is what you are getting.
Milk Thistle is also known by the name of Silybum Marianum. It helps to protect the liver from diseases such as Hepatitis B and aids in the synthesis of protein in the liver. It works well in a supplement when combined with certain other nutrients.
Chamomile has been known for awhile as a mild sleep aid. It helps to ease anxiousness and relaxes the nervous system. It is usually taken as a tea that is made from dried flower leaves and boiled water that is poured over them. Chamomile may also help to elevate your mood and boost the metabolism.
Passion Flower is another herb that while not specifically used for depression, it helps relieve insomnia. It also helps to relieve nervousness, anxiety, and pain. As these are relieved, your mood may also be elevated, thus reducing your depression.
Depression is an illness with varying degrees of intensity and duration. The depression can cause loss of interest in usual activities, changes in appetite and sleep, and a certain amount of self consciousness. You are not crazy, unsociable, or inept in any way at all. You are certainly not alone. There is help and treatment available. Your doctor can help you to find the right course for your particular needs and with the right treatment, you can feel better.