A Herbal Remedy for Depression Might Just Be An Option Worth Considering
Posted Nov 05 2010 4:11pm
The idea of considering a herbal remedy for depression has gained popularity in recent years. This comes as no surprise due to the side effect risks that accompany all current prescription medication options. Examples of convention treatments with notable side effect risks are SSRI’s, Tricyclics, MAO inhibitors, mood stabilizers, hormone therapy, sedating medications, and stimulant medications. Most of these medications have been around for over 20 years leading one to ask why the sudden change in public opinion after such as long time.
The first step in finding a herbal remedy for depression is to make sure it is safe. You may believe that taking herbs for depression is a relatively safe pursuit, and in many ways you would be right, except in a few instances including drug interactions. Many of the most popular herbs found in many of the most popular depression natural remedies such as St.John’s wort react adversely to depression medications such as MAOI’s and SSRI’s. Additionally, birth control pills and blood thinning agents are often times problematic. Just to be safe you should ask your doctor for a list of drug interactions if you are contemplating a herbal remedy for depression.