Depression - Do Something About It Now!

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Depression affects 350 million people in every social class, and of every race and educational level worldwide.

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders of our time, and with increasing rhythms. Depression is also responsible for the loss of 10% of the world's productive hours. One in four women, and one in eight men may experience depression during their lifetime.

That is approximately 20% of the population, with increasing rates occurring in 2% to 5% of children and adolescents within only the last decade.

Almost half of all cases of depression are not recognized, and are not treated, and even more so, 10% of depressed patients end up committing suicide.

The World Health Organization predicts that the depression disease, by the year 2020, will be the biggest health problem in the developing world, probably offending more than 25% of the total population. Until that occurs, major depression will still be the second-leading cause of death and disability, even though depression is treatable.

Depression does not have the same symptoms for all patients. Some people appear sad when they are depressed, while others seem desperate, frustrated, or overwhelmed. Some people even experience remorse and guilt feelings when they are depressed, while others lament and moan constantly, always noting their numerous physical complaints.

  • The Main Symptoms Of Depression

We all feel depressed at times, and we all get sad and melancholic. These feelings are actually a normal part of good and bad moments in life.

However, real depression is something totally different than the normal sadness that we all experience.

The main symptoms of real depression are:

  • Reduced mood
  • Loss of energy and interest
  • Feeling of physical illness, fatigue, and exhaustion
  • Low concentration and attention
  • Changes in appetite and sleeping patterns
  • The slowing of physical and mental functions
  • Feeling of hopelessness, guilt, anxiety, and inability
  • A possible upcoming economic or marital disaster

Many physical problems, such as constipation, headaches, and menstrual irregularities, or various body aches in the spine and the chest, are often accompanied by depression.

The problem is that many patients focus on these problems without realizing that their real problem is in fact, depression.

  • How to Overcome Depression through Herbs

woman in depressionThere are a number of alternative herbal therapies which can replace scientifically-proven but hazardous drugs. Herbs may help with depression symptoms naturally, and also help the body physically in order to treat depression, which greatly reduces any negative side effects.

 Note: Don’t try all the recipes listed below at the same time. Decide which recipe you will use depending on the availability of the herb, and the side effects in which the herb may bring.

  • Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera can be classified as a miracle plant. In antiquity, aloe vera was called the “Herb of Immortality”, due to the countless therapeutic properties it holds.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used aloe vera to treat wounds. In the middle Ages, the yellowish liquid found inside the aloe vera leaves were used as a laxative.

Thousands of people consume aloe products every single day in order to help keep away from depression, as well as to give their body vital substances.

Use:

Fresh juice (internal use): Wash fresh aloe vera liquid juice and then pour into a juicer, or just drink the juice directly. Make sure to consume the smallest dosage possible when first using, in order to avoid any dizziness, nausea, or stomach complaints.

Caution:

This plant should be avoided by people with kidney and stomach diseases, prostatitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, obstruction, unknown abdominal pain, hemorrhoids, and anyone who is scheduled to have surgery within the next two weeks.

Aloe vera should also be avoided by people already taking drugs for blood pressure ailments, diabetes, as well as those who are taking any stimulants or diuretic medication.

Overdosing or long term usage of aloe vera may cause a loss of electrolytes in the body, including potassium loss which can lead to muscular weakness. Overdosing on aloe vera may also cause heart problems and can increase bone loss.

This plant should not be consumed internally for more than 8-10 days.

Aloe vera should definitely be avoided by children, pregnant women, nursing mothers, or by anyone who is trying to get pregnant.

  • Gingko Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is the oldest tree species identified on the planet, and is the herb with the highest prescription worldwide.

Ginkgo biloba has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Today, it is one of the top selling herbs in the United States alone. Ginkgo is used to treat many conditions, many of which are scientifically tested to combat depression.

Use:

Decoction: Put 1 teaspoon ginkgo biloba fresh or dried leaves in a non-reactive metal pan (enamel or stainless) with 250 g water. Let this mixture simmer over medium heat for 10-12 minutes, strain, and then drink up to 3 cups daily, drinking the water mixture at meal times.

Fresh Leaves: Chop 2-3 fresh leaves into a salad, soup, sauces, and in any other dish that you choose.

Caution:

To avoid any allergic reaction or skin rashes caused by ginkgo biloba fruits, be sure to wear gloves when cutting or touching the plants.

This plant should not be consumed by people who are taking anticoagulant therapy medication, anti-thrombotic drugs (including aspirin), and those who have blood pressure problems, or those who are taking any drug therapies in general. It should also be avoided by anyone who is currently experiencing a fever.

Ginkgo biloba should be avoided by those taking drugs for depression, those who have bleeding disorders, convulsions, epilepsy, seizures, and by those who are scheduled to have surgery in the next two weeks.

Ginkgo biloba should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

  • Ginseng

The name “Ginseng” has Chinese origins, and etymologically means "human radical", due to it's characteristic forked shaped roots, which resemble the human feet.

Ginseng has significant beneficial effects for the brain in general, and is especially beneficial when used to manage anxiety, stress, and depression.

Ginseng helps to restore the nervous system, and helps those who have severe anxiety and depression. Ginseng is considered to be an ideal herb for those going through intense emotional stress, mental stress, as well as nervous exhaustion.

Use:

Infusion: Pour warm water in a cup with 2-3 grams chopped ginseng root, one teaspoon powdered ginseng, or 5-6 ginseng slices. Allow this mixture to sit for 5-6 minutes, strain, and then drink.

Caution:

Ginseng raises the blood pressure and then brings it back to normal, but should not be used by people with hypertensive disorders.

If ginseng is consumed in large quantities, it can cause temporary nervousness, irritability, excitability, insomnia, headaches, skin problems (hives, itching), nausea, diarrhea, swelling, and blood pressure disorders.

You should avoid taking ginseng with other stimulants such as caffeine. Do not combine ginseng with stimulants, pills, or hormones.

Do not take ginseng if you have cardiovascular problems, or if you have diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, nervous system dysfunctions, or if you are taking any antithrombotic treatments.

Ginseng should also be avoided by children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers.

  • Speedwell

Long ago, the pharmaceutical importance of Speedwell was so great that in the year 1690, the herbalist Johannes Dauth Francus devoted a 300-page study to analyze its beneficial properties.

speedwell for depressionSpeedwell helps those with weak memory problems, memory lapses, weak nerves, nervous feelings due to mental overwork, dizziness, depression, melancholia, and even anxiety.

 Use:

Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon speedwell. Allow this mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain, and then drink up to 3 cups per day.

Caution:

Because speedwell reduces high cholesterol, it should be avoided by people who take medication for similar health problems.

Speedwell should also be avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers.

  • St. John’s Wort

It is said that St. John’s wort took its name from the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, who used this herb to treat wounds during the battles of the Crusades.
St. John’s wort has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, astringent, cholagogue, nerving, and vulnerary properties.

Drinking St. John's wort tea, as well as taking semi-baths with this herb helps with hysterics, sleep walking, speech disorders, anxiety, symptoms of menopause, and even depression.

Use:

Infusion: Pour boiling water into a cup with 1 teaspoon St John’s wort. Allow this mixture to sit for 4-5 minutes, strain, and then drink up to 3 cups per day.

Semi Bath: Place 100 g. St. John’s wort flowers, stems, and leaves into a bucket with 3–4 liters of cold water, and then leave them to steep overnight.

The next day, heat the mixture in a pot for a good while, and then strain it in warm bath water that has already been prepared. Get into the water and stay there to relax for 20 minutes.

The bath water should cover the kidney region.

The water from a semi-bath may be re-warmed and used twice more.

Caution:

St John’s wort can cause photosensitivity. It is advised to wear sun block when outside if this herb has been consumed.

St John’s wort should be avoided by people taking drugs for anxiety, stress, depression, contraceptive drugs, cyclosporine, liver medications, drugs used to treat HIV, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) such as Prozac, and drugs used to treat schizophrenia.

St John’s wort may interact with some medications, and it is wise to avoid using until your doctor has been informed about its use.

St John’s wort should be avoided by pregnant women as well as nursing mothers.

Final Note

If it is true that happiness lies in small everyday moments, botanists will add that happiness may also be hiding in a mug of a hot aromatic beverage that offers clarity, vitality, and even banishes sorrow and depression.

And, try to keep this excellent quote in mind:

Two things a person should never be sorry at, what he can help, and what he cannot help.
                                          - Thomas Fuller

 

I wish for you to be always healthy.