The demand for natural herbs for depression is rising steadily as stress is taking its toll on people of all ages. Depression is one of the most dangerous silent killers today. For a long time depression was seen as something that would pass on its own; something that is not important enough to dwell upon, leave alone consult a doctor about it.
Today, however awareness is spreading the depression is a serious condition that left untreated – in time – may lead to suicide and other dire manifestations. For many who are not keen of allopathic medication, fortunately there are natural herbs for depression that can arrest and completely cure the condition (also make sure you’re taking other key vitamins for balanced overall health).
Here are a few you could put to use with excellent results:
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea)
Is a plant that contains a very intriguing compound better known as an “adaptogen”. This is what helps the body and mind adapt and adjust to excessive stressful situations.
You will need to take 100-200mg (depending upon the need) twice daily (morning and at lunch time – not at bedtime). Make sure you do not combine this herb with any other anti-depressants. This herb by itself is considered one of the best natural herbs for depression.
Mucuna (Mucuna puriens)
Is an extremely effective medication for depression as it promotes the production of the energy-neurotransmitter dopamine.
This is to be taken on empty stomach – preferably in the early morning or it would cause drowsiness – which would mean some 30 minutes before you eat anything. The dosage is 100-200 mg. Other than depression this herb will enhance libido and help with the Parkinson’s.
St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Is perhaps the best known and most popular among all natural herbs for depression available and/or known today. The recommended dosage with St John’s Wort is 300 mg three times daily along with the meals.
In case you are using any type of heart medication, anti-depressants, HIV medications, contraceptive pill, warfarin and anticonvulsants – check your doctor before taking these natural herbs for depression.
This herb works wonders by enhancing the production of noradrenalin, serotonin and dopamine – which are all feel good hormones – meant to enhance your mood and keep you far away from anxiety and stress.
Other benefits from this medicinal herb are refreshing sleep, decrease in the symptoms of PMS, and clarity of mind. You will feel on the top of the world for no reason – and the feeling is good.
Leaves of the Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) plant
This is another very potent herb against depression and anxiety. Often described as the “happiness herb” the Holy Basil can improve your mood almost immediately. This herb as Rhodiola is an adaptogen whose main role is the regulate stress levels. It works primarily by inhibiting the stress hormone – cortisol – and enhancing the production of happy hormones.
The recommended dosage is 300-1800mg thrice a day along with the meals. This herb is known to be able to improve acutely depressed moods almost instantly.
Though all the above natural herbs for depression have been tried and tested – and are known not to have any dangerous side effects – it is always highly recommended that you consult a doctor and inform about your desire to take up herbal treatment for the bout of depression enveloping you.
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