Depression is a growing epidemic caused mostly by unhealthy brain chemistry. The medical treatments for this illness comprise a gigantic multi-billion dollar industry, and yet, they have done very little to actually “cure” and “prevent” depression.
They are in the business of treating symptoms, nothing more.
These treatments come with a price: health and well-being. Depression medication such as Prozac and the infamous Wellbutrin are known to have an enormous range of dangerous side effects. And why wouldn’t they? The main feature of these pills involves chemical suppression of neurotransmitters, which are what our brains use to perform mental and physical functions.
The suppression or unbalance of neurotransmitters can actually make depression worse, or even lead to suicidal tendencies.
These dangerous chemical “lab-borne” medications also come with a ton of possible physical side effects. Wellbutrin, for example, lists these as recorded and possible side-effects:
- Loss of appetite
Does this sound like something you should be putting in your body?
If you are a parent to a child suffering from clinical depression, these harsh drugs like Wellbutrin should be the last possible option, not the first.
In order to understand how to properly treat depression, we have to understand why it starts in the first place.
Many doctors will tell you that we don’t even know why depression sets in. They may placate you with a spiel about “chemical imbalances” and leave the rest to imagination.
However, we know full well the origins of depression and why it’s a modern-day epidemic. There’s no secret, only information that most mainstream medical outfits don’t want you to know.
The Cause of Depression
Psychiatrists often like to frame depression as this unknowable scourge. “We don’t really know why…” is probably uttered by doctors more than any other professional in society, and with mental health issues like depression and bipolar disorder, that goes double.
The truth is, the chemical imbalances that are at the root of depression are almost always caused by diet. Specifically, a lack of nutrition and necessary plant-based compounds. Any doctor that doesn’t first inquire about and attempt to adjust the diet of a patient suffering from depression is not only doing their patient a disservice, they are not following holistic or logical medical practices.
It’s not so much that fruits and vegetables have the power to “cure” depression. That’s a poor way of looking at the situation. More accurately, depression “sets in” as a result of poor nutrition.
When our bodies are forced to eat dense animal protein and nutrient-less processed foods day in and day out, chemical imbalances occur. This is because the body maintains its balance with the nutrients and compounds that we are supposed to supply it with good, nutritious food.
And by nutritious, I don’t mean “vitamin-infused” baby food, milk, “lean meat”, white bread, Lunchables, or any of the other nonsensical excuses for “good” food parents feed their kids, nor the litany of garbage adults put into their own bodies willingly.
Good food is anything that is natural, comes from the Earth, is as close to its unprocessed form as possible, and is as least cooked as possible. The vibrant, living nutrients in plants is what keeps out bodies balanced.
Is it possible to not be “depressed” and eat meat, dairy, and processed foods? Sure, millions around the world would fall into this category. The exact combination of events that lead to chemical imbalances is different for everyone. In some, it could be just a bit too much processed sugar at an early age which throws off neurotransmitters, for others it could be body toxicity, and still others may be consuming chemicals in foods that directly inhibit serotonin or dopamine levels. While each case is different, the path to healing is always the same. A balanced diet (in tandem with regular exercise to stimulate the body, of course).
Herbal Cures: Alternative Healing for Depression
You want to know if there are really reliable alternative cures for depression. The answer is: emphatically, yes.
Unlike many chronic illnesses, chemical imbalances are one of the easiest to rectify through herbal means.
This is because many herbs have compounds that affect hormones and neurotransmitters directly, which are the root cause behind most forms of depression and related mental illnesses. More physical maladies, such as chronic pain, heart disease, and various cancers are far more aggressive and need a long, progressive approach.
It’s important to remember though, that any herbal remedy should never be used as a crutch.
If you are serious about treating depression, you need to take a look at why it formed in the first place and ensure that measures are taken to avoid such circumstances.
In most cases, poor diet and lack of physical activity play a huge role in the formation of chemical imbalances. If you start taking herbs to treat your depression, yet you’re still drinking Diet Pepsi and eating processed meats and cheeses, I have bad news for you. All the herbs in the world can’t combat what we put in our bodies every day to feed our cells.
If you are interested in the holistic approach to curing depression, read on and discover which herbs may be right for you.
This herb is easily the most-used herbal remedy for depression, and for good reason. It has been used for centuries as a safe and effective way to treat depression, and it is also one of the most tested herbal remedies out there on the market. Unlike dangerous medications like Wellbutrin, St. John’s Wort does not pose a threat to your body, and uses its natural plant-based compounds to enact healthy mood change in the body.
The other benefit of taking St. John’s Wort is that it is full of nutritious compounds that feed the body in a multitude of ways, creating a more holistic climate in the body.
Another well-researched herbal remedy that has similar effects to Valium and Wellbutrin but without the harmful side effects. Some say the feeling of taking Kava root is like alcohol, calming and relaxing, and it’s not addictive.
It should not be taken for a long period of time, but often just a week of treatment with Kava is enough to ease the tension and chemical imbalances of the body and help a person retain a more even-keel mood.
This Indian herb goes by several names, but ultimately stands as one of the most powerful ways of curing depression period, outside of a balanced plant-based diet. It also has excellent capabilities in healing anxiety and bipolar disorder as well. Many studies have concluded that it works better than most so-called antidepressants, and possibly even better than St. John’s Wort, once thought to be the best possible herb for curing depression.
Long used as a calming and soothing agent, chamomile is another herb that has a proven track record of easing depression and even curing it. There’s a reason why this herb has been used for centuries as a botanical and cosmetic substance – outside of its other healing properties, it performs exceptionally well as an antidepressant.
This plant deserves a special mention because it is one of those “miracle herbs” that has become popular due to its multiple uses. Often seen as a way to strengthen libido and promote prostate health, this herb also packs a powerful punch when dealing with mood imbalances.
You Don’t Have to Live With Depression
There are many herbs that are able to balance the body and rid it of depression, because of the nature of plants in general and the affect they have on our bodies.
If you could point to any one human ailment and ask, what is an herbal remedy most likely to cure? It would be depression. (To be fair, inflammation is probably a close second, due to the alkalizing, soothing affect plants have on us, which goes a long way in reducing any kind of inflammation caused by chemicals and animal protein).
This means that the path to healing is a simple one: come back to nature. Use what our bodies were biologically designed to eat and strengthen ourselves from to your advantage. Plants evolved alongside us in such a way as to ensure we were happy and healthy.
Why would they want it any other way? This is what holistic medicine is about: connecting all of the dots. It only makes sense that many plants include compounds that could regulate our mood for the better and even energize us.
Vitamins, minerals, and phyto-nutrients are what power us and feed our cells. Give your body what it wants and you’ll be surprised at the results.
The founder of Digital Sages, Matt has an extensive background in self-mastery and has authored several books on the subject. His goal is to demystify important esoteric subjects and help people transform their lives through self-awareness and personal empowerment.