Many of us will suffer from depression and anxiety during our lives but they are especially common in people who suffer chronic pain. As I explained in an earlier article this is because the same neurotransmitter (serotonin) is involved. These are often treated with drugs called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) but, like many drugs, they have side effects. That means many of us are looking for a more natural treatment for depression and anxiety.
I believe getting your own body to re-balance it’s serotonin levels itself is infinitely preferable to artificially altering them. As soon as you stop taking the SNRI your serotonin levels are going to drop again which means you end up on these drugs for the long term. To me a natural treatment for depression and anxiety is one that allows your body to heal itself.
That is why I consider a natural treatment for depression and anxiety preferable to a chemical one, unless the depression is severe. Please don’t ignore serious signs of depression (such as self harm, feelings of complete worthlessness, hopelessness, inappropriate guilt or self hatred) or if your symptoms have lasted more than 2 weeks please consult with your Doctor if you haven’t already. However for treating mild cases a natural treatment for depression and anxiety is good.
Best Natural Treatment for Depression and Anxiety
If you are considering a natural treatment for depression and anxiety you might consider trying homeopathy. Homeopathy has been around since the 1700s and works on the idea of treating like with like. That makes sense to me as it stimulates the body to sort itself out rather than having a foreign substance do it alter serotonin levels artificially.
Homeopathy works with your character type. Here are some example treatments or remedies explained by Native Remedies who offer lots of great advice about different natural treatment for depression and anxiety.
Ignatia Amara is particularly suited to those who are artistic and creatively inclined. They can be idealistic but tend not to express their feelings. Although they seem controlled and reserved, they can be emotionally fragile, often feeling elated and sad simultaneously. Those that fall in love easily, love very deeply, and suffer prolonged grief that they feel they may never recover from would likely benefit from Ignatia. Physical symptoms of inner grief are frequent sighing, sensitivity to pain, and the ability to cry while simultaneously trying to ‘laugh it off’.
Kali phos is suited to those who are hard–working with practical ideas and a strong sense of morality. Those who become exhausted very easily and are easily upset by bad news (even if it does not affect them directly) would benefit from Kali phos.
Nat sulph is specifically beneficial to those who have a high sense of responsibility and a very sensitive nature – often easily driven to tears by sad movies, books, or music. Also for those who are even–keeled and sensible, but a little reserved and aloof.
Staphisagria is best suited to those that tend to bottle up their emotions and often find it hard to say no. Those that physically tend to be very sensitive to pain (a low pain threshold) and perspire when nervous would likely benefit from Staphisagria.
Personally I think I fit some of all those descriptions except the first one. Therefore Melancholy Lift would be my best option.
St. John’s Wort has been pretty well studied and has been shown to be very effective as a natural treatment for depression and anxiety. This study published in the renowned British Medical Journal reviewed 23 other trials with this objective
To investigate if extracts of Hypericum perforatum (St John’s wort) are more effective than placebo in the treatment of depression, are as effective as standard antidepressive treatment, and have fewer side effects than standard antidepressant drugs.
Hypericum extracts were significantly superior to placebo and similarly effective as standard antidepressants.
Side effects occurred in 50 (19.8%) patients on hypericum and 84 (52.8%) patients on standard antidepressants.
However please note, although this is a natural treatment for depression and anxiety Native Remedies recommend
St. John’s wort can cause serious interactions with certain prescription drugs, other herbs, or supplements. Therefore, people using any medications should consult their healthcare provider before beginning this herb.
I am a great believer that osteoarthritis can lead to depression. I know as I have been there and done that.
If you are a regular reader of this osteoarthritis blog you will know I believe mainly in non-drug therapy, such as heat, ice, supplements but that pain medication is needed at times. Exercises for osteoarthritis along simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in your quality of life. Therefore it follows I would consider a natural treatment for depression and anxiety rather than going the drug route and I have used St Johns Wort on several occasions to get me through bad times.
If you agree and decide to do the natural route as well please make sure you are using a quality product. I recommend Native Remedies as I believe they provide a great range of top quality products at a reasonable price. They also don’t test on animals which is important to me. A poor quality product cannot be absorbed by the body so is a waste of money. They have the added benefit of being able to ship worldwide and that’s great as I have readers from all over the world!
Click on the picture below and type in depression or anxiety to choose the best natural treatment for depression and anxiety. They gives lots of information about each remedy so you can easily pick exactly the right one for you.