Medical herbs can be helpful in treating depression, but they should not be taken without prior consultation with a doctor.
Serotonin is a neurotransmitter or a carrier of specific information in the brain. It is necessary for the normal functioning of our nervous system. Serotonin deficiency, its slowed production leads to serotonin depression, which is the most common form of depression we know. There are a variety of factors why someone may have problems with serotonin. Some issues are the result of diet and poor lifestyle, some are hereditary, and life circumstances have acquired some.
Which plants help?
Griffonia – grows throughout the year in the western parts of Africa. The seed of this plant contains a substance called 5-Htp (5-hydroxytryptophan), which is a precursor to serotonin in the brain. That means that brain turns 5-Htp directly into serotonin. Taking the extract of this plant causes a gradual withdrawal of depression symptoms.
Hypericum – contains hypericin, which is an active component of this plant. Unlike Griffonia, it has an entirely different way of acting on our brain. Rather than contributing to the production of serotonin, it prevents serotonin release and thus increases its concentration in the brain and reduces the symptoms of depression.
Passiflora – the alkaloids in the passionflower, especially harman and harmaline, may also increase the effects of certain prescription antidepressants called monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), which are often prescribed for mood disorders such as depression, panic attacks and eating disorders. Caution is also advised when taking passionflower with other sedatives, including those available over-the-counter since they can also increase their effects..
Turmeric – This herb plant has anti-inflammatory and neurotrophic properties and helps in the case of depression symptoms.
Arctic root – one of the most widely used adaptogenic plants. It is a great ally of the nervous system and can help with depression.
Lion’s mane – has been used as a neurotropic for years and has proven to be an excellent ally in the treatment of mental disorders.
Spirulina – contains a high percentage of tryptophan which, in addition to 5-Hp, is one of the precursors to produce serotonin.