Depression and Herbal Treatment

  • Posted by Dr. Jay Gordon

There are herbs that may drastically alter your feeling of well-being. These may be something you’d like to consider before resorting to medications.

For anxiety, a mix of Kava and Siberian Ginseng is good.

For depression, Gingko Biloba or Borage. There has been a good amount of success with a combination of the two as well.

Keep in mind when combining herbs to treat one symptom or illness to use a proportional dosage. (i.e., two herbs would be half dosage of each, three herbs would be one-third dosage, etc.)

Here is a link that goes into homeopathic remedies for depression. The info given is on postpartum depression simply because all of these are safe while nursing. They are all used to treat general depression as well, so they’re not specific for use for PPD.

Homeopathic Remedies for Postpartum Depression – Health Encyclopedia

The usual speech applies here. When looking into using herbal or homeopathic remedies, make sure you’re getting them from a good health food store. Avoid commercial places like GNC. Get out the yellow pages and look under health food stores, then call around until you find one with a certified herbalist on staff. This is the store you want to go to.

Exercise should not be forgotten when dealing with depression. It has been shown that regular exercise is the best remedy for depression. There have been patients who’ve suffered repeated bouts of depression who have been able to go off meds completely after starting and maintaining a regular exercise program.