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Herbal Cures for those Living with Depression

Updated on October 20, 2015

There are many pharmaceutical products for helping those living with depression. Obviously none of them actually works. If they actually worked, there would be no need to actually refill your prescription. These tablets are also poor treatment solutions. Contemporary medications that are advertised on TV also warn that they may further worsen depression. There are many other side effects also advertised as disclaimers.

These medications lead to the person becoming dependent on the drugs. This is in fact addiction. The person is stuck on the drugs and while living with depression. Pharmaceutical drugs at its best may offer a temporary state of self-motivation and then wears off, until they pop another pill. The person is also at the risk of overdosing. There are also conflicts these depression medications have with other tablets. Overall, these depression medications may have a deplorable effect on the overall health of the person.

Herbal plants on the other hand have no adverse effects on health. Herbs are natural sources of food and nutrients. Herbs may help to provide the correct ratio of nutrients in the brain in order for the person to overcome depression. There are many herbal alternatives that can do a far better job of treating depression without health risk factors.


St. John's Wort

The scientific name for this plant is Hypericum Perforatum. The active ingredient in St. Johns wort is hypericin. The levels of hypericin in the capsules are capped at 0.3%. This herb is popular in Germany for treating people living with depression. This Herb is by far the most potent in terms of generating a chemical response in the brain.

Passion Flower

Otherwise known as Passiflora incarnate, passion flower is known as a relaxant. It has a calm and soothing effect to counteract any stressful situation. This plant is very useful for depression that is associated with substance abuse, such as alcohol or narcotics. It is best used especially if a depressed person is trying to wane themselves off contemporary medications.

Siberian Ginseng

This root nodule boosts the transmission of chemicals in the brain. It helps the brain to regulate all the chemical neurotransmitters in there correct proportions. Therefore it alleviates the symptoms associated with depression. This herb is used in China for the treatment of people living with depression and anxiety.


This plant is an overall brain tonic. It is good for treating depression that is associated with substance abuse and the abuse of prescription medication. It can be used to alleviate the physical symptoms associated with depression such as headaches or physical pain. It should be used especially if depression is caused by stress.


In conclusion, herbal alternatives are not habit forming. They normally provide stress relief and help the person to relax. There is less worry about herbal alternatives conflicting with other medications. Herbal alternatives also provide an economical method of curing depression. Overall, herbs and plants will improve the health of the person, by providing natural minerals and vitamins. The body is then able to digest and transport these nutrients easily. Herbal based medications are definitely a better option in curing those living with depression.


For Articles about Living with Depression:

· What Suicidal Risk Factors to Look for in Those Living With Depression:This is basically a guide in assisting those that are living with depression and may be thinking about suicide.

· How to Spot Teenage Depression: The life of teenagers is filled with a lot emotionally turmoil. This article explains how to spot teenagers living with depression and offer assistance.

· ·Foods that can cause Depressions: Discusses the negative impact that processed foods can have on someone living with depression.

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    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Vinaya Ghimire. There are countries that actually prescribe some of these herbs such as Germany and Japan. As time progresses, common ideas about depression will change.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      5 years ago from Nepal

      My father suffered from depression for ten years, and was on medication. I wish we had known about these herbal cures.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Sunshine. There is really no need for ssri and all those fancy pills that makes things worst.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very useful hub Art. The less meds and more herbs the better. I am one for going the natural route.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Rajan. It is nice to hear from a health guru.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm all for herbal and natural foods to treat health disorders. So, this was a read I certainly enjoyed. Voted up and useful.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      It really depends on why a person is depressed. One of the signs of an under active thyroid is depression and I suffer with hypothyroidism. Once given the necessary meds for my thyroid, my depression lifted and very little lowered my high spirits. Thyroid disease is becoming more and more prevalent and so testing for an under active thyroid should be one of the first things done when someone is complaining of depression.

      As for the many drugs you mention in your article here, I agree that they have limited abilities and I know if they were offered to me I would turn them down. I prefer the disease I have over the one I would have caused by the drugs. The side affects are often pretty bad. I really hate when they give stuff like this to children.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect LindaQ79, That's the thing, herbal medicine should not be taken along with pharmaceuticals. Those on pharmaceuticals should consult their doctors. The herbal life is less stressful.

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      6 years ago

      Great hub. I agree drugs only mask the problem they don't fix anything. I have been a fan of herbal alternatives for a long time. They don't make me feel like a zombie and they have no side effects. However, I have read that St Johns Wort can interact with Birth control and make it less effective. So beware of this if you are on birth control and taking it.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Lady_E, Prescription drugs is such an horrible option. When I watch the commercials, I am terrified by the side effects.

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      6 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful. I hope many read this.

      We rely to much on prescription drugs for depression.

      Thanks for sharing.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Clover, herbal medications do not mix well with conventional medication. I have not discussed the dosage and delivery. I am also planning to go into the herbal business.

    • rasta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Marvin Parke 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Respect Cardisa, I know what you mean, my father a real country man and look ten years younger his age.

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      Healing Herbalist 

      6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Herbs may be natural, but they are medicine. They should be treated with such respect.

      For example: St. John's Wort should not be taken for depression if one is already taking an MAOI. Nor should it be taken by an indvidual with HIV or AIDS.

      Ginseng should really not be taken by someone who drinks a lot of coffee. Both are stimulants.

      Herbs may be natural, but please be sure you are taking the correct herb, and taking the correct dosage.

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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      What a great hub! Me love me bush yuh know! I can't stand medication and any herbal alternative, I am there. My people him a bush man, him no drink no other tea but bush tea. You can't even give him tea


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