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Many herbs have been used as an alternative to pharmaceutical antidepressant medication treatments due to their relative safety in comparison. In Europe, herbs are a popular treatment for depression, with the herb St. John's wort being the most purchased treatment for depression. These herbs can range in action from enhancing mood-elevating hormones in the brain to promoting relaxation which can counter depression symptoms.
Herbs are used in a variety of ways: consumed in teas, in tinctures, as spices in cooking, in supplements and even eaten or used to smell in their original state right after being picked.
Effect of St. John's Wort on Depression
St. John’s Wort works as a monoamine (MAO) inhibitor, preventing MAOs from breaking down certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Therefore, it increases the amount and time of mood elevating...
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Effect of Kava on Depression
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Effect of Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine on Depression
Chinese herbs are most often used in conjunction with acupuncture to treat many chronic diseases and the same is true of their joint effectiveness in depression treatment.
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Effect of Ginkgo Biloba on Depression
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