Natural Medication For Depression

When we talk about natural medication for depression, we probably think of herbs, homeopathy, yoga, meditation and Bach flower remedies, just to name a few! All these are actually valid ways we can approach the problem of depression. But let us look first at why anti depressants are not suitable for many patients.

The warnings about these drugs can all be found in the FDA website. You can also visit other websites where the side effects and warnings are all there on a sidebar which outlines in great details what the problems could be. Putting it simply, these are usually related to eating disorders and weight problems, insomnia and a loss of libido or sex drive. Many patients also report that they feel like zombies. Other patients are not so affected by the side effects.

Whatever your views on anti depressants, we should also look at the alternatives available. Looking at natural medications for depression, I wanted to outline some of the advantages and then let the reader decide what is best for his or her wellbeing.

People on natural medication for depression such as a homeopathic one or a herbal remedy, can usually find relief after a few weeks and it may be several months, before the long term effects begin to kick in but it is well worth waiting for. The best herb for depression is St. John’s Wort (SJW) and you should take up to at least 600 mg a day. Then there is 5-HTP which is not exactly a herb. It is actually an amino acid and it has been found to increase levels of serotonin, which is the main neurotransmitter which is responsible for our good moods, happiness and feeling self confident.

The news on clinical trials regarding SJW is impressive. Over twenty trials show that it is effective in treating moderate depression. Another study showed that about 1,800 patients found it useful and there were certainly less side effects than the conventional antidepressants. There are some mild side effects and there can be dizziness, nausea and mild headaches. However, that does not seem to have stopped the German nation from taking it as it is the favourite natural medication for depression there.

When choosing your natural medication for depression, it is always wise to choose one which is using qualified herbalists and homeopaths on its staff. It should also be a FDA registered facility and following the GMP practices as laid down in the USA