Anxiety and depression
Alprazolam and Wellbutrin are two medicines that are usually prescribed for the treatment of anxiety and depression. However, these two drugs have their characteristic side effects, which is why herbal treatment of anxiety and depression is preferable. The herbs hardly have any adverse effects and yet they have the same effects as the medications.
Herbs for anxiety and depression
There are many herbs that are potentially very good for treating anxiety and depression. Some of them are really very good, while some of them are not. However, there are several herbs that are proven to be very powerful. One also must change his/her lifestyle and eating habits, and after that it can be expected from the herbs to be effective.Magnolia bark is one of the herbs that is most recommended from herbalists for treating anxiety. This herb is used in China from ancient times as a common anxiety reliever. After many researches on this herb, it is proven to contain two important biphenyl compounds, honokiol and magnolol which stabilize cortisol, the body’s stress hormone. Magnolia bark is also recommended for those who have the problem with insomnia.Phellodendron bark or cork-tree is an important herb, especially in Chinese medicine. It has the same effects on anxiety as Magnolia bark and it reduces anxiety and stress by controlling the production of cortisol.St. John's Wort is proven to be very beneficial for decreasing depression and anxiety, after many clinical trials. This herb contains an ingredient called hypericin, which is very potent in treating even severe cases of depression.
Other herbs that are recommended by herbalists are Valerian, Lemon balm and Gingko Biloba.Valerian is an herb that stimulates the body's production of a neurotransmitter that reduces anxiety.Lemon balm, or popularly known as calming herb, contains flavonoids and phenolic acids, which have many good effects on the whole body’s health. This herb is used as a sedative when treating depression and anxiety. Lemon balm is also very helpful in treating hypertension, muscle cramps, the flu, indigestion and insomnia.Ginkgo Biloba is an herb that regulates neurotransmitters and increases the blood circulation to the brain.
Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, epinephrine, serotonin, and norepinephrine must be well-balanced. For the balance of these neurotransmitters, Siberian Ginseng is the best solution. To treat insomnia, tension and anxiety, Hops powder is the most effective herb, while to treat hysteria, insomnia, and epilepsy, Passion flower is the best to use. Skullcap is also an herb used for treatment of hysteria, anxiety, epilepsy, insomnia, and delirium tremens.