Fight Depression Naturally With Herbs

You can fight depression naturally with herbs like St. John's Wort (hypericum verbatim), includes report information on side-effects, effectiveness of lifting depression and list of companies to buy herbs.


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This herb, derided for centuries by gardeners as a bothersome pest, is called St. John's Wort (Hypericum in more clinical circles).


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If you need a lift from depression but don't want a prescription drug, you can fight depression naturally with herbs like St. John's Wort. 

One of the most puzzling questions to grapple with while we electrify and technologize and work-ethic ourselves into the twenty-first century is why life is making such an alarming number of us seriously depressed. Whether we have grown self-involved to the point of absurdity or are finally managing to alienate ourselves from true spirituality by burying it under appliances and money and cell-phones, sadness has simply become epidemic . . . and a killer. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), untreated depression is the number one cause of not only all alcohol and drug addiction but also all eating disorders, and the $40 billion of lost work and business failures is just the visible part of the iceberg. Lurking underneath are legion suffering children and wives who endure violence as well as the quiet (and too often explosively not quiet) suffering of the depressed people themselves, some twenty million of them in the US. alone.

Whether gripped by backwards thinking or not, pharmaceutical companies have sought the answer in plastic capsules, and ever since the introduction of MAO (mono-amino-oxidase) inhibitors in the '70s and the updated SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil) of the '90s, we have taken the bait and are currently mortgaging ourselves to drug companies to the tune of nearly $3 billion a year-for antidepressant medication alone!

It is not for us to decide whether happiness can ever be found in a bottle, but the quiet revolution in medical care currently taking place in Europe, and the "miracle herb" prescribed there (twenty million people taking sixty-six million doses every day in Germany alone), may herald an age when we find a way to make health and happiness something that can be grown as well as bought: fight depression naturally with herbs.

This herb, derided for centuries by gardeners as a bothersome pest, is called St. John's Wort (Hypericum in more clinical circles). Within the past five years, over 5,000 patients have participated in hypericum drug-monitoring tests—more than 2,000 of these in double-blind studies. Eight head-to-head comparisons showed hypericum was as effective as prescription antidepressants, but with fewer side effects.

According to Dr. Richard Firshein, a columnist for Psychology Today, "We aren't sure exactly how it works though we know it inhibits the enzyme that breaks down dopamine, the 'pleasure' neurotransmitter, and may also work the way antidepressant drugs do, by inhibiting the brain's uptake of serotonin and norepinephrine ....The active ingredient, hypericin, is believed to be responsible for its mood boosting effects, and the side effects are usually quite mild."

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