Herbal Remedies

Herbal medicine is pretty much what is indicated by the name–medicine based on the use of plants or plant extracts. I’ve always been more trusting of things that are natural, and when it comes to medicine I guess I’m even more of that mindset.

The fact that much of the medicine that is made for combating the symptoms of depression can be addictive or have adverse side-effects has always made me wary of even trying it out. I would always rather try an infusion, an herbal treatment or herbal pills than popping a chemical pill.

The World Health Organization estimates that 80% of the world’s population presently uses herbal medicine for some aspect of primary health care, so I guess I’m not alone in trusting the fruits of the earth to heal me!

Many people believe that herbal treatments don’t work as well as chemical medicine, but that’s a myth.

Herbal Remedies for Depression 1 by JodiepediaThere are chemical compounds in plants that mediate their effects on the human body by binding to receptor molecules present in the body; this process is identical to those already well understood for conventional drugs, and therefore herbal medicines don’t differ greatly from conventional drugs in terms of how they actually work.

Although this means that in principle herbal remedies can be just as effective as conventional western medicine, it also means that they have the same potential to cause harmful side effects.

Which means it’s really important that if you are going to opt for natural herbal medicines that you should buy your them from a knowledgeable source. Natural food stores, health food stores or pharmacies can assist you with most questions.

It’s also important to remember that just like conventional medicine, herbal medicines be taken only in the quantities recommended by a herbal medicine expert.

Everything Guide to Herbal RemediesThis is a great guide to pretty much all of the herbal remedies and common herbs used in natural cures. I recommend it as a good addition to your bookshelf that can help you out with most of the questions you may have on different herbs and their properties.

If you don’t have a health food store near you or you’d rather browse online to learn more about herbs and their healing properties, I suggest you check out these two sites: HerbalRemedies.com and NaturalHerbsGuide.com . They are both very informative and carry some great natural products, including vitamins and other natural health alternatives.

There are several herbs that can aid in the treatment of depression symptoms. Most of these have the ability to soothe nerves and are therefore recommended for insomnia, anxiety, and tension.

Ginkgo biloba is one that is recommended as it helps the brain produce depression alleviating neurotransmitters.

St. Johns wort is another herb commonly recommended as it helps reduce anxiety.

Valerian root is very effective in treating insomnia.

Chamomile is used as a soothing and relaxing tea to calm nerves or aid sleep.

Ginseng is considered to be useful for treating depression related stress.

Natural Herbal Remedies for Depression Queen Anne's Lace by Jasmine&Roses

There is also a huge range of natural medicines that are formulated to target specific diseases. Xtend-Life and Nature’s Remedies are good companies to check out if you want to find some natural products targeting depression. Many people also swear by regularly detoxifying the body with a natural cleanse or similar remedy. I haven’t tried out all of the herbal remedies for depression and would love to hear your experience with any remedies that have helped you, in order to pass on the information to others who may benefit from it.