Hot to Treat Depression without Medication.

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It can be caused by either a traumatic experience or by a chemical imbalance.  It’s like a dark cloud that hangs over your head that constantly follows you.

It’s a sunken feeling that leaves you feeling dreary and helpless —draining you of energy and destroying your motivation.

You rarely sleep but when you do, you oversleep.  Your appetite barely stirs and all food tastes bland.  Your sex drive has diminished, frustrating your lover.

Your family and friends all try to help but it’s not something they can understand.  So you end up unintentionally pushing people away—with nothing but your guilt and melancholy, you isolate yourself.

Though you try to fight this monster it’s just too powerful.  This insidious disease saps you of everything including your will to live.  This terrifying monster is called depression.shutterstock_654532927

 

The Debilitating Power of Depression (Needs different title)

Depression is a disease that affects 300 million people worldwide.  There are different types of depression which include:

  • TSAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) where the person is depressed during the at a specific time of the year.  Usually during the fall through the winter season.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder which is a caused by premenstrual syndrome.
  • Major Depressive disorder which affects 16.1 million adults making it not only the most common, but the longest lasting type of depression.

One of the most common ways of dealing with depression is with antidepressants.  Unfortunately, antidepressants come with side effects such as:

  • Nausea.
  • Impotence.
  • Difficulty achieving orgasm.
  • Constipation.
  • Blurred vision.
  • An increased appetite which often leads to weight gain.

Funny how most of these symptoms are the same as depression.

But there are alternatives to pharmaceutical drugs.  Not only will these methods help relieve depression but they have other benefits like:

  • Decreased body fat.
  • Increased flexibility.
  • An inner calmness that you can summon anytime you want.

Though it sounds too good to be true you’ll soon find out how possible it is.  So if you’re ready to learn How to treat depression without pharmaceuticals then read on.

For an all-natural way to boost your mood, try these 4 powerful herbs.

1) Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis)

Lemon Balm is a perennial that grows in Europe and the Middle East.  Naturopaths love using lemon balm for treatment of mental ailments.

This study published on the NCBI (National Center for Biology Information) proves that the leaves of lemon balm have antidepressant properties.

That’s because it works on the neurotransmitters to elevate mood while also working as a sedative so that you can sleep better.

2) Holy Basil (Ocimum Sanctum).

Holy Basil grows in India where it is used in Ayurveda.  This herb is an adaptogen meaning that it prevents your body from being overcome by stress.

Studies show that not only does holy basil have a calming effect on the mind, but it’s  just as potent as the anti-anxiety drug diazepam.

Holy Basil can be used in teas where it can be combined with lemon balm to make a very potent antidepressant.

3) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary is an herb that grows around the Mediterranean.  The Greeks have been using rosemary for thousands of years for everything from beauty to culinary.

This study printed on the NCBI website, documents how a study proves that rosemary has an antidepressant effect on mice properties.

(Source: Herbal Medicine: 100 key herbs by Christine Mcadams Loc 1070;  The Complete Herbal Guide Directory Loc 5914)

4) Saffron (Crocus Satvius)

Saffron was a staple in Persian medicine for depression.  According to this study, researchers gave volunteers 30 mg of saffron for a total of 6 weeks.  At the conclusion, it was shown that the 30 mg of saffron was just as effective as the antidepressant fluoxetine

Saffron can be purchased in pill form but to get the full effect you might need to convert it into a tincture which an herbalist can help you with.

If you go this route please be sure you’re getting the real things because of the cost of saffron there are many counterfeiters out there.

Use this technique to lighten your mood when you’re in a dark state.

As explained earlier SAD is a type of depression that is brought on by the changing of the seasons—usually, fall to winter.  A theory for this is because there is less sunlight which has an effect on brain chemicals.  This is where light therapy comes in.

Light therapy is a technique that uses artificial light to simulate the sun.  A major advantage of this is that it can be combined with conventional techniques such as antidepressants.

According to this study conducted at the University of British Columbia, light therapy has also been shown to be to treat depression that isn’t caused by SAD. —

Unite the power of the body and mind and become your own powerful medicine.

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Yoga.

Though it’s not fully understood—yoga has been scientifically verified to be able to help lower symptoms of depression.  Researchers have studied both Hatha and Bikram yoga for their ability to elevate moods.

Both studies cited on the APA (American Psychological Association} website, documents how volunteers who were diagnosed with depression, felt better after their yoga session.  Yoga is also being used to help military veterans overcome depression caused by PTSD.

Meditation.

In the blog post How to Relieve Stress and Anxiety without Medication, I talked about how meditation can physically alter the brain in order to help it deal with stress.

Meditation can also influence the brain so that it increases serotonin, a neurotransmitter that has an effect on mood.

Studies show that meditation can actually increase the amount of serotonin in the brain which will lead to a better mood.

For those that are suffering from insomnia due to their depression, meditation can also increase the production of melatonin which aids in sleep.

Breathing techniques.

A cheap and valuable way to deal with depression is with breathing techniques.  I incorporate deep breathing into my daily life and it is a great stress reliever.  If you practice yoga or qigong your teacher will teach you some breathing techniques.

But how does this actually work?

According to this test conducted at Stamford University School of Medicine, researchers have learned that slow breathing can induce tranquility.  The science behind this is that certain neurons can actually sense your mood from the way you are breathing.  By controlling your breath rate you can control the messages received by the neurons.

The science behind this is that certain neurons can actually sense your mood from the way you are breathing.  By controlling your breath rate you can control the messages received by the neurons.

The Death of Depression.

It’s a brand new day and a brand new you.  Suddenly the sun shines, the colors are more vibrant, and for the first time in a long while you experience joy and happiness.

Instead of distancing yourself from family and friends you now look forward to seeing them on those special occasions such as holidays and birthday parties.

And sex…we’ll you’ve regained interest, along with the passion that comes with it. Of course, you still have your bad days.  Life will always throw pitfalls and challenges at you.  But now that you know how to lower depression without medication, this problem won’t defeat you.

Of course, you still have your bad days.  Life will always throw pitfalls and challenges at you.  But now that you know how to lower depression without medication, this problem won’t defeat you.

With the exception of herbs, the beauty about most of these techniques is that they can be utilized in combination with antidepressants.

But for those who want to go the all-natural route, you have these options available.

You can contact a local herbalist who can prepare an herbal tincture.  For those who may not know a tincture is a liquid extract of an herb.  An herbalist can also convert herbs so that they can be used in teas.   Just remember to consult your doctor if you’ve never tried any of the suggested herbs.

If you would rather learn how to prepare your own herbal medicines amazon has plenty of books that will teach you how, or you can enroll in an online course.

For those suffering from social isolation and want to end it, joining a yoga class will help. Not only will this improve your socialization skills, but you’ll also be treating your depression.  In addition, yoga will help you to lose weight while improving flexibility.

If the idea of being in a room full of strangers is a little too much for you, then you could meditate in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Whether you implement any of these techniques or not, please get help if you’re suffering from depression.  You don’t deserve to constantly feel miserable and hopeless.

Once you overcome your depression there is a brighter, more blissful future that awaits you.

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References

(Reference: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/in-depth/antidepressants/art-20049305?pg=2)

(Write this in wordpress) Agitation, irritability, and anxiety.( Reference: http://www.webmd.com/depression/features/coping-with-side-effects-of-depression-treatment#1)

The Complete Herbal Guide Directory by Stacy Chillemi and Dr. Michael Chillemi

http://www.livestrong.com/article/168953-holy-basil-for-depression/ ) Is from the Ayuvedic system of medicine

 

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