Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Herbal treatment for depression | Ayurvedic herbs for depression treatment

Depression affects more than 20 million Americans. Depression is twice as common in women, although in part due to their social network, women are more likely than men to be able to pull themselves out of depression over time. Depression can be a serious illness which left untreated can over time affect your relationships, your job, and your life. It has been found that often the bigger problem is not depression itself but your reaction to it.

There are definitely steps you can take to challenge depression head-on.

  • Stay active and exercise regularly.

  • Go out into the sun for a few minutes everyday. Light therapy is known to be an instant mood enhancer

  • Take your vitamins especially Vitamin B12

  • Maintain an active social network

  • Certain herbs are well known in fighting depression, worries and anxiety. Some of the best known ones are St. John's Wort, Bacopa and Ashwagandha. Bacopa is considered the premier herb in Ayurveda for brain functions. Not only does it help to fight depression but it also improves cognition, memory and boosts the functioning of the brain.

  • Ashwagandha helps to relax and soothe the mind. It relieves stress and hypertension and lifts the mood.

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