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Natural Supplements For Depression

Herbs for Depression

There is no doubt that almost each one of us goes through periods of anxiety or even mild depression. However, under normal circumstances the persons get back to normal mental condition within a few days.

But if the trend continues for a long period of time with no signs of remission, then it could be due to a psychological disorder ranging from depression, general anxiety disorder or panic attacks.

Though not much information is available about the efficacy and usefulness of natural supplements, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, they could provide some benefits. However, at the same time they could also cause side effects and hence it is important to be aware of the same before going in for such supplements.

St John’s Wort Plant

St John’s Wort is a plant (flowering) that has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for nerve pain and psychological disorders. Usually 300 mg or St John’s Wort taken two to three times a day can help in relieving symptoms associated with various types of depression (mild to moderate). This herb when taken in combination with valerian root, is helpful in reducing sleep disorders and anxiety disorders. This herb is available as tablets, capsules, teas, and liquid extract.

However, it can cause some side effects ranging from dry mouth, dizziness, digestive problems, headaches, sexual malfunctioning, fatigue and sensitivity to light and other such problems. It works only for mild to moderate depression and should not be recommended for people suffering from major bouts of depression.

Valerian plant

The stems and roots of valerian plant are also commonly used to treat patients suffering from mild to moderate depression. According to the Prescription for Herbal Healing, it has been found that taking 50mg of Valerian in the form of tablets, thrice daily can help a lot in reversing panic attacks of different types.

It could also prove very helpful for people who are suffering from depression and insomnia arising out of anxiety and tension. Short term use of Valerian is considered safe, though the long term use of this product has not yet been evaluated in terms of safety. There are however some people who report headaches, dizziness and tiredness during the day time by using this product. This particular herb is available in the form of capsule, tea, and powder form.

Kava Plant

Last but not the least Kava is also considered a very good natural herb for the treatment of depression and panic attacks. This is particularly very useful for women who suffer from depression, anxiety and problems in sleep when they reach the age of menopause. It is also known to help people who are suffering from tension in their muscles, physical pain, fatigue which is usually a manifestation of panic attacks and depression.

The recommended dosage is 60 go 120 mg daily in the form of tablets for getting the best results. However, it is better to take the herb after consulting your physician because in rare cases it is known to cause liver damage. Hence people having liver problems or suffering from jaundice and other such diseases should be careful about using this herb.


While the above herbs are known to be effective in fighting mild to moderate depression, the side effects and other such problems should be weighed before going in for these medicines.

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