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Dealing with stress

Being one of the biggest problems today, many are trying to find the best way to ease stress. Sometimes, in order to treat something today, one needs to search in the past.

People have been using herbs to relieve anxiety, stress or even depression for centuries now. This kind of treatment has a long standing tradition of success in easing stress-related problems.

The choosing of the herbs depends on the symptoms one wants to treat. Some herbs have the effect of antidepressants, some are used for relaxing, others for toning.

Most effective herbs

SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine), a natural compound proven to be a great help when dealing with stress. It is made by body cells, it is a natural antidepressant. It has been shown to improve liver function and help those suffering from arthritis. It may have some side-effects, such as itchy, hot ears. Inositol, occurs in vegetables, meat, and milk. It is used as an antidepressant. Rubidium, belongs to the same family as lithium, occurs naturally in the body, and may work as an antidepressant. Valerian root is good when dealing with insomnia and as an antianxiety agent. The best when it is used with chamomile or passion flower. Kava root has the antidepressant outcome that eases fatigue and calms nerves. It may also alleviate migraines, without being addicted to the herb. However, it should not be combined with alcohol or prescription medicine. It has been used for centuries as a popular herbal drink in the South Pacific. Phenylethylamine exists in small quantities in the brain, and may be used as a natural antidepressant. Melatonin, a hormone that improves sleep, thus calming symptoms of anxiety. Ginseng, a herb that helps boost the immune system and helps one acclimatize to stress. Gamma-aminobutyric acid, used when suffering from insomnia. Also, it is a good anti-anxiety agent. Tetrahydrobiopterin, an efficient, natural way of treating depression. Saint-John’s-wort, or Hypericum, for centuries an effective way of treating anxiety and depression, usually used in a form of a tonic. It has been proven to be one of the best way to treat depression, outselling even Prozac. It may be mixed with alcohol (although not recommended) and does not need a rise in dosage. It is also non-addictive. Ginkgo. Although used for many ailments, its best use is in improving the efficiency of antidepressants. Astragalus strengthens the immune system and helps one deal with stress. Dehydroepiandrosterone, a hormone proven to improve memory and mood. Phosphatidylserine, a natural substance that nourishes the brain, and is known to be a great asset when coping with depression.

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