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Zoloft is one of many medicines that people use to treat depression. It belongs to a class of drugs called SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), that can cause a number of undesirable side effects such as disturbing dreams, hallucinations, aggressive behavior, sexual dysfunction, digestive issues, headaches, and insomnia. There are many natural treatments that can ease symptoms of depression without these side effects. Be sure to talk to a healthcare professional about treatment options.

Herbal Treatments

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These herbal treatments are safe for long-term continuous use.

Ginkgo can reverse symptoms of depression. Take 180 milligrams once a day. Kava has a long history of use in treating depression and is especially useful if anxiety is a persistent symptom. Take 120 milligrams daily. Lemon balm treats stomach and digestive issues that can occur as a result of depression. Morinda relieves depression and is known to enhance male sexual function. Take 1,000 to 5,000 milligrams daily. St. John’s wort has a long history of use in treating depression. It is especially helpful if the person also experiences tension and exhaustion. Take 900 milligrams daily.

Do not use gingko if taking blood thinning medication. Kava increases the effects of sedatives and tranquilizers. Do not use St. John’s wort if you are taking prescription anti-depressants. It can also decrease the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives.

Chinese Formulas

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Chinese Formulas are most useful for treating depression if one is also experiencing the specific symptoms listed with each formula.

Biota Seed Pill to Nourish the Heart treats symptoms of depression accompanied by memory loss. Bupleurum Plus Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction is useful in treating depression in men who also suffer from migraines. Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity is good for those suffering from depression as well as episodes of symptoms that include sinusitis, headaches, nervousness, and facial flushing. Drive Out Stasis from the Mansion of Blood Decoction is good for women who are also experiencing migraines. Additionally, it is good for both men and women who also suffer from depression combined with chest pain, chronic headache, and dry heaving. Fridid Extremities Decoction is good for depression linked with a queasy stomach. Restore the Spleen Decoction treats depression that manifests as severe anxiety, trouble concentrating, mental and physical fatigue, and poor memory.

Do not use Bupleurum Plus Dragon Bone and Oyster Shell Decoction if you have a fever. Avoid Coptis Decoction to Relieve Toxicity if you are trying to become pregnant.

Other Suggestions

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A study published in a 1998 edition of the Journal of Affective Disorders found that maintaining a normal cholesterol level can help prevent and ease depression. Levels below 160 milligrams per deciliter are strongly linked to anxiety and depression, especially in women between 18 and 27 years of age. Take 200 milligrams of chromium two times a day as well as 500 milligrams of vanadium once a day. Be sure to take these with food. These minerals help regulate blood sugar levels and supply a constant supply of glucose to the brain. Aim for at least 20 minutes of early morning or late afternoon dailysun exposure . It decreases the rate at which serotonin breaks down in the brain Inadequate supplies of the chemical serotonin is a major cause of depression. Exercise daily; it increases the production of serotonin. Eating complex carbohydrates like whole grains can ease acute feelings of nervousness. Protein-based meals containing essential fatty acids can increase alertness.

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Kelli Cooper

Kelli Cooper has been a writer since 2009, specializing in health and fitness. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers University and is a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise.