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Are herbal supplements for depression the safe way to treat my depression?
Janet wondered why she was so sad. She often felt she could not make it through the day. Some days she didn’t even want to make it through the day. It was one of those days.
Her physician had diagnosed depression, but he wanted to give her prescription medications. She wondered if there were herbal supplements for depression that would be just as effective. How effective were they? Was there anything else?
Prescription medications for depression had a long list of side effects. She did not want to risk that, so she considered searching for safe herbal supplements for depression. She wanted to get better. And wondered what would happen if she didn’t get better. Oh, my! Her feelings of hopelessness became overwhelming.
When she read information on the Internet, it was often conflicting. One site that is totally medical tells you to take pills. Another site on alternative medicine tells you not to take prescription medicines because of the dangers. All of the places she looked cautioned about interference with other medications you take for illnesses like diabetes and heart disease. It can be very confusing. It made her want to give up again.
Reading some of the major medical sites that suggest using alternative and complementary medicine for the treatment of her terrible depression increased Janet’s confusion.
She wondered, “Is there any place I can find help and feel confident about it?”
She decided to read about some of the herbal supplements commonly used or advised for depression.
- Hypericum perforatum, commonly known as St. John’s Wort, has been used for centuries for a variety of ailments, but most commonly for depression. This is a dietary supplement and is not approved as a treatment for depression in the United States. However, in other countries it is commonly prescribed for mild depression. (If you take other medications for depression or other illnesses, St. John’s Wort can interfere with their benefits, so check with your pharmacist or physician on this.
- SAMe is a synthetic formulation of S-adenosylmethionine, which is produced by the body. It is also classified as a dietary supplement in the United States, and not as a treatment for depression. SAMe has few side effects.
- Low levels of folate can slow down the results of certain antidepressants. It can also be used as a supplement to antidepressants to increase their efficiency. So talk to your doctor or pharmacist about this, as well.
- Omega-3 fatty acids are found in cold-water fish. They are also in flax seed, walnuts and flax oil. Taken in food or as a supplement, they have been shown to help depression. This is especially true when taken in conjunction with antidepressants.
Consider a combination of safe herbal supplements for depression.
The above supplements are not monitored by the FDA in the same manner as medications. You don’t know exactly what you are getting, because labeling is left to the discretion of the manufacturer. So, it is important to educate yourself about the interaction of these supplements with the medications you are already taking.
As she researched supplements, Janet came across other information that made sense.
Learning about the relationship between the mind and body had a great impact on her.
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Are Herbal Supplements For Depression The Safe Way To Treat My Depression?