Depression is a mood disorder in which patients feel sad, lonely, and lose interest for long periods. It is a common condition all around the world.
The best treatment for depression can vary depending on a patient’s medical history and symptoms. For those with mild depression, non-drug approaches can help them manage their condition and feel better.
Herbal remedies have been used to treat depression and anxiety for hundreds of years around the world. The followings are some proven herbs and natural supplements that may be worth a try.
In Asian medicine, ginseng has been used for improving mental clarity and energy and reducing the effects of stress for thousands of years. Some western researchers also have associated these properties with potential solutions for the low energy and motivation that can occur with depression.
St. John’s wort
St. John’s wort is an herb that has been used for hundreds of years to treat mental health problems, such as mild and moderate depression, seasonal affective disorder, mild anxiety, and sleep problems. It has yellow, star-shaped flowers and grows in Europe, North America, South America, and Eastern Asia. Research suggests that St. John’s Wort can increase the activity of brain chemicals, such as serotonin and noradrenaline, which play an important part in regulating our mood.
If you are considering trying St John’s wort as an herbal alternative to antidepressants, you can buy St John’s wort extract from a pharmacy without a prescription. Chenland’s MoodElite®-S (Patent No. PCT/CN2019/126929) is a specially formulated botanical blend with three traditional Chinese herbs: Hypericum perforatum, Eleutherococcus senticosus, and Paeonia suffruticosa. Its development was based on 2,000 years of Traditional Chinese Medicine history and it can effectively enhance sleep quality, alleviate nervousness, and prolong time spent asleep.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a healthy type of fat found in fish such as salmon, trout, and sardines. Several studies have proven that omega-3 fatty acids can relieve depressive symptoms in both children and adults.
S-adenosylmethionine (SAM-e) is a compound made naturally in the body and is designed to act as a synthetic form of the body’s natural mood-boosting chemicals. People who have been diagnosed with depression may have low serotonin levels, and SAMe helps produce serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine in your body.
As one of the most-researched supplements for depression, 5-HTP, or 5-hydroxytryptophan, is a chemical the body makes from L-tryptophan. Like SAM-e, it may help raise your brain’s serotonin level to ease symptoms of depression. 5-HTP has been used to treat other conditions, such as sleep disorders, ADHD, premenstrual syndrome, and Parkinson’s disease.