The EclecticPhysician

The Eclectic Physician
Natural Health Care
by Beth Burch N.D.


More than just the blues. Can be precipitated by a grief event. Research has shown that depressed people have imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain. Symptoms of depression include profound sadness, feelings of hopelessness, poor concentration, tearfulness, sleep disturbance including insomnia, early morning wakening and sleeping too long, decreased or increased appetite, fatigue, and loss of pleasure in normally pleasurable activities.

Can be caused by a number of different medical conditions including hypothyroidism, Cushings and Addisons diseases, infections, autoimmune diseases, neurological conditions, sleep apnea, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B12 deficiencies, brain and pancreatic tumors as well as by a number of medications including birth control pills, reserpine, sedatives, tranquilizers, and alcohol. It is important to treat any other condition or discontinue medications before starting any antidepressant agents.
With depression, some type of psychological therapy is very important and assists with medicine or herbal treatment. Dealing with any emotional issues that may be contributing to or made worse by the depression will give a better response.

St. John's Wort-Shown in a number of European studies to be as effective as tricyclic antidepressant drugs with fewer side effects. It usually takes 3-4 weeks to feel maximum effects, although many people will notice some improvement within 1-2 weeks.
Dose- Liquid extract-1/2 teaspoon one-three times a day.
Dry herb in capsules-500 mg one- three times a day.
Standardized extract (0.3% hypericin content)- 900 mg a day. (Three x 300mg or Two x 450mg)

* The information presented in this web site is intended to inform and educate. It is not intended replace a qualified medical practitioner to diagnose or treat medical conditions.

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