There are a variety of herbal and supplemental remedies that can be used to alleviate the symptoms of depression. The most commonly used one is St. John's Wort (Hypericum). St. John's Wort's effectiveness has yet to be proven, but many believe in its ability to assist people with certain types of mild to moderate depresion.
As with any herbal or supplemental remedy, there are risks associated with taking the product. St. John's Wort can also interact negatively with other medications including anti-depressants.There are concerns with individuals who take chemotherapeutic (anti-cancer) drugs, HIV medications and transplant rejection products. If you decide to take the product, It's best to check with a qualified mental health or medical professional first.
Kava, which can be a sold as a beverage or capsule, is also quite commonly used. The beverage is prepared from shrub root of a plant known as the pepper plant, (Piper methysticum) found in Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia. The root is ground to a powder and is brownish in color. The powder is then mixed with juice or water without being fermented and drunk as a beverage.
Other popular herbs and supplements used to treat depression include:
- Ginko Biloba
- Valerian Root
In addition to herbs and supplements, a variety of alternative and complementary treatments are available to those struggling with depression. These include light therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, ayurveda, exercise, meditation, yoga, massage and more.
Disclaimer: This document is for informational use only, and should not be used in place of the advice and diagnosis of a doctor or healthcare professional. This document is also not a recommendation for any particular treatment plans. The advice of a doctor or healthcare professional is important for your particular condition or disorder.