Natural Remedies For Depression And Anxiety

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Depression and Anxiety can be a very debilitating condition for people who suffer from it. It can also affect the surrounding people, as family and friends don’t always know how to handle it. It can have a huge impact on families where a parent or child suffers from this condition, and one should make every effort to treat the condition before it gets out of hand.

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Alisson Diab. M.Sc Genetics
Diploma in Nutrition.

There is medication available, but treating this condition naturally, is always advisable. Prescription medication might help in suppressing the symptoms, but do not really address the problem, or the underlying issues.

Natural Remedies for depression and anxiety is the best alternative, and we have listed some below:

13 Natural Herbs for Depression and Anxiety (7,8)(Caution must be taken when using herbal remedies together with medical drugs as some may interact negatively with certain medication).

  • Kava appears to be a promising treatment for anxiety, but it has to be taken with extreme caution and with the advice of a licensed practitioner as it can cause liver damage if taken incorrectly
  • Ashwagandha is an adaptogen that has been shown to improve cortisol levels by resetting
    adrenal-associated stress, overall reducing predispositions to anxiety and depression
  • Reishi Mushroom is an adaptogen that helps one to adapt to the stresses and demands
    of modern life by regulating the body’s stress response via their
    tonic actions on the adrenal glands
  • Passion flower is useful for anxiety, panic, nervousness and restlessness
  • Valerian officinalis has been used for centuries to reduce nervousness, anxiety and
    insomnia
  • Chamomile is effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety (caution in people using
    blood thinning drugs or those allergic to chamomile plants)
  • Lemon balm increases a sense of calm and decreases anxiety. It has mild
    sedation properties therefore it is recommended to take it before bedtime
  • Vitex  (also called Chasteberry or Chaste tree) has been shown in studies to attenuate symptoms of depression and anxiety that occur during premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and to reduce PMS symptoms in general
  • Redbush (‘Rooibos‘) tea contains lots of antioxidants that prevent cell damage, help reduce inflammation and boost mood and memory. It is mineral rich with (amongst others), calcium and magnesium and potassium (for adrenal function) (9)
  • Lavender oil or tea can alleviate anxiety
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is helpful in reducing anxiety and depression
  • Curcumin found in turmeric aids with digestion and inflammation which is beneficial in treating both depression and anxiety. Curcumin also increases serotonin levels (3, 6)
  • Allspice, Cloves and Cinnamon are exceptionally strong at reducing inflammation in tissues,
    critical in preventing brain cell damage caused from stress, anxiety or mood swings

Vitamins

Supplements

  • Vitamin C supports progesterone production, which is a hormone that has a
    calming effect on the brain
  • Vitamin D: Researchers are increasingly linking vitamin D deficiency to mood
    disorders, such as depression and anxiety
  • Magnesium: It has been found that 250 milligrams of magnesium daily reduced anxiety, specifically PMS related anxiety
  • Folate and other B vitamins are possibly the single most important factor in maintaining the
    health of the nervous system and, as it is not stored by the body, must be included in the diet everyday
  • Zinc: An imbalance of zinc to copper is linked to anxiety. This trace mineral ratio is responsible for proper neurotransmitter function and adaptation to stress. Increased copper and decreased zinc may lead to symptoms of anxiety
  • Calcium taken in the form of calcium citrate (which has a higher absorption rate than other form). The correct proportion calcium:magnesium (2:1) must be noted for proper functioning
  • CBD (Cannabidiol) has been studied as a potential treatment for anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress.(2, 10)
  • Omega-3 fatty acids (fish or Krill oil)
  • L-Theanine
  • GABA
  • 5-HTP
    (5-hydroxytryptophan
    )

CBD oil

Homeopathy (11)

Homeopathy is an extensive field which, with proper research, safely supports self-medication. It is, however, preferable to explore an appropriate remedy with a registered homeopath. Below are examples of remedies known to alleviate different types of anxiety:

  • Aconite: for intense, sudden anxiety, panic, or fear. Panic could be connected to past trauma
  • Argentum
    nitricum
    :
    anxiety from phobias such as claustrophobia, heights and other
    everyday things
  • Arsenicum album: anxiety due to fear of loneliness, darkness, or being imperfect
  • Cal carb: fear of breaking out of any safe routine
  • Gelsemium and lycopodium: anxiety due to feelings of inadequacy
  • Ignatia: anxiety from grief or loss
  • Kali phophoricum: anxiety due to stress or becoming overwhelmed
  • Phosphorus: anxiety in social people that have a difficult time focusing on getting things done
  • Stramonium: anxiety that includes night terrors, nightmares, or dark thoughts while awak

Deep breathing

It has been proven that deep breathing is highly effective in treating anxiety either through yoga, meditation, or merely spending a few moments throughout the day focusing on slow, deep diaphragmatic breaths.
It has been observed that this type of breathing stimulates a very important nerve called the vagus
nerve
, which runs from the base of the brain through the neck and then branches out in the
chest stretching all the way down to the abdomen. This nerve elicits a ‘rest and digest’ response because of its ability to slow the pulse and lower blood pressure, as well as being a central player in the
gut-brain axis. Low vagal tone is associated with poor emotional and attentional regulation, inflammation, depression, and is even used as a measurement for a person’s sensitivity to stress (12).

CONCLUSION

Anxiety can be a debilitating condition. It requires both a diet and a lifestyle adjustment. It is also important to consider that each person will have a different response to various dietary
interventions due to significant differences in physiology, genetics, etc. When considering adding a new food, product, supplement or lifestyle habit to one’s life, it is wise to work with a health practitioner who can ensure all recommendations are responsible and will benefit your health.

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About Mariette Chapman 11 Articles
I am a Entrepreneur, who loves taking on new challenges, and create something meaningful for myself, and through that also be of benefit to other people. I have worked in many varied fields, but have always felt myself drawn to the natural world and nature, and living life as naturally as possible. I am building my own websites, where I hope to help and inform people to make better choices when it comes to their health and lifestyle.

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