Herbs For Depression

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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One of the more well-know herbs for depression is St. John's Wort. This is available as an herbal supplement, and is intended as a natural substitute for serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressant medications. St. John's Wort also regulates the serotonin levels in the body, but in a way very different form its pharmacological counterparts. There are even professionals in the medical community who attest to antidepressant qualities found in St. John's Wort.

Herbs for depression are often used by individuals who are wary of the side-effects from traditional antidepressants. In addition, some people may feel that pharmacological medications contain the risk of leading to dependency, and opt for herbal supplements as an alternative. While many of these herbal remedies are without the nausea, sexual dysfunction, appetite fluctuations, and disorientation that can often occur initially as side-effects in antidepressants, their overall effectiveness may not be as well documented as the medical variety.

Types of Herbs For Depression

Ginkgo Biloba is another natural supplement that has been found beneficial as an antidepressant. Ginkgo Biloba improves circulation in the brain, which can have a significantly positive effect on depression. It is also considered effective in improving memory. Results from clinical trials indicate that, while Ginkgo Biloba may not be as closely related to the alleviation of depression as St. John's Wort, its effect on circulation makes it highly beneficial in many cases. Some people take Ginkgo in conjunction with several other supplements, allowing each one's specialty to take effect.

Some groups may be better served by Ginkgo Biloba than others. Because the herbal treatment helps in increasing blood flow to the brain, many older individuals find it particularly effective. In addition to alleviating some symptoms of depression, cerebral circulation also tends to improve memory. Another group that may be interested in this treatment, is people who experience cerebral blood flow problems, whether the result of an illness or injury. Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to successfully fight their depression in many cases, as well as improve their overall mental faculties.


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