The idea of using herbal medicine to treat a chronic condition like depression has gained increasing popularity.
But it’s not as simple as taking a pill, or ingesting a substance that may work to treat it.
“The idea of taking herbal medicine for depression is an idea that’s been around for a long time,” says Barbara Smith, PhD, an associate professor of clinical pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
“We don’t really know what the mechanism is, and we don’t know whether the drug works.
So we can’t use the drug to treat other chronic conditions.”
To address this, scientists are looking to the role that certain herbs, including Mimosa and other natural supplements, play in treating depression.
In recent years, researchers have discovered that certain plants, including the medicinal herb Mistletoe, can act as a way to relieve symptoms of depression.
“If you’ve got a disorder that’s a lot like depression, then you really need to look at the pharmacokinetics of the drug and the effects of different herbs,” Smith says.
“And in some cases, you may have a lot of symptoms in addition to depression, and you’re not using the drug for depression.
And so you need to take some other treatments.
You need to consider other medications that may be useful in the treatment of depression.”
The main thing to look for is whether the herbal medicine can work to relieve depression.
For instance, the natural medicine mimosa can be used to relieve severe depression, while Mistletoes have been found to help people with mild depression.
Both herbs are also used to help treat asthma.
For those who are not already taking the natural remedies, Smith recommends taking the herbal remedies on an empty stomach for 10 to 15 minutes before meals.
For most people, the herbal medicines are very effective.
For people who are already taking some other medication for depression, Smith suggests using the herbal medications for up to two weeks before a visit to the doctor.
For other types of depression, like anxiety, Smith says that it may be best to take the herbal treatments for a few days to get a sense of how well they work and then decide whether or not they’re worth it.
It may be easier to use herbal remedies to treat certain conditions than others.
“You can see a trend in the use of herbal medicines for certain conditions,” Smith explains.
“It seems that in general, when you look at a number of conditions, you can see herbal medicines in use in more than one setting.”
For example, people who suffer from a number-two cause of depression like asthma, can benefit from taking a variety of herbs for the treatment.
But the natural herbs also have a tendency to cause side effects, like nausea and stomach upset, when used alone.
For many people, taking the herbs as a group may be beneficial.
Smith says the best use of the herbal drugs, therefore, is for people who already have other types or diseases that affect their mood.
“I think that most people that are taking herbal drugs are already doing a number that are not necessarily good, but there are people who need to be treated for their conditions,” she says.
To find out more about herbal medicine and the role it plays in depression, see the sidebar below.
What are some herbal remedies that are used to get relief from depression?
Mimosa (a plant that grows in India) is a popular herbal medicine that has been used for centuries.
It’s used to alleviate nausea, headaches, and stomach pain, among other things.
Mistleony (a shrub) is another common herbal medicine used to reduce anxiety.
It has been shown to be effective in treating insomnia, depression, anxiety, and other disorders.
For example it can help people reduce anxiety and stress.
Other natural herbs include Artemisia, Linné, and Salvia.
All of these are used in a variety, or herbal, remedies.
Most of these remedies are available over the counter or over the internet, and many have a strong brand name attached.
If you are looking for a specific herbal remedy, look up its brand name on Amazon or another herbal drug store, Smith explains, or use the search feature on the next page.
Other remedies that may help people include: Salvia divinorum (a tea tree) which has been found effective in relieving depression, panic attacks, and generalized anxiety disorder.