The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.
More than just the blues. Can be precipitated by a grief event. Research
has shown that depressed people have imbalances of neurotransmitters in
the brain. Symptoms of depression include profound sadness, feelings of
hopelessness, poor concentration, tearfulness, sleep disturbance including
insomnia, early morning wakening
and sleeping too long, decreased or increased appetite, fatigue, and loss
of pleasure in normally pleasurable activities.
Can be caused by a number of different medical conditions including
hypothyroidism, Cushings and Addisons diseases, infections, autoimmune
diseases, neurological conditions, sleep apnea, Vitamin
B3 and Vitamin B12
deficiencies, brain and pancreatic tumors as well as by a number of medications
including birth control pills, reserpine, sedatives, tranquilizers, and
alcohol. It is important to treat any other condition or discontinue medications
before starting any antidepressant agents.
With depression, some type of psychological therapy is very important
and assists with medicine or herbal treatment. Dealing with any emotional
issues that may be contributing to or made worse by the depression will
give a better response.
St. John's Wort-Shown in
a number of European studies to be as effective as tricyclic antidepressant
drugs with fewer side effects. It usually takes 3-4 weeks to feel maximum
effects, although many people will notice some improvement within 1-2 weeks.
Dose- Liquid extract-1/2 teaspoon one-three times a day.
Dry herb in capsules-500 mg one- three times a day.
Standardized extract (0.3% hypericin content)- 900 mg a day. (Three x 300mg or Two x 450mg)
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It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.