Natural remedies for depression

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  1. Natural remedies for depression introduction
  2. Talk therapy
  3. Herbs
  4. Light therapy
  5. Meditation
  6. Diet
  7. Exercise
natural remedies for depression

Natural remedies for depression introduction


There are numerous natural remedies for depression, I will be exploring them in this page and in future pages.

If you are on medication or undergoing a treatment to deal with depression and want to stop it, it is best you consult your doctor.

If he is insistent that he wants you to take the medication or undergo the treatment he prescribed and you don't want to, you can always get a second or even third opinion, remember it's your mind and your body.

In my opinion though I can't see a doctor taking to much issue with this list.

Ok let's run down through the list.

Talk therapy


As the old UK British Telecom advert use to say, it's good to talk. It's very important to get those depressed feelings out in the open, so talking to someone is highly recommended.

But it's no good just talking to anybody, it obviously needs to be someone who is a good listener and won't judge you and can also provide some input, a counsellor can obviously fill that role.

A good friend, Parent, family member or if you are religious, someone in your place of worship.

CBT cognitive behavioural therapy can help you think differently so that you consequently behave differently. Read what is CBT?



St John's wort, black cohosh, Valerian, kava kava are all herbs used to treat depression.

If you try these herbs they might alleviate some of the symptoms of depression but the herbs alone are not enough to beat depression, they are best combined with another treatment.

Read herbal remedies for depresson

Light therapy


Bright light therapy is mainly used for patients with seasonal affective disorder but it can be used for patients who have different types of depression.

Have a look at bright light therapy for bipolar disorder and seasonal affective disorder light therapy.



One of things that meditation can do is to relax the mind and help you to see things more clearly.

The National Health Service (N.H.S) in the UK recognise it as a self help therapy, that a patient can do while continuing with their prescribed treatment.

Have a look at benefits of meditation and browse some pages in that section.



A bad diet may actually be the cause of your depression. Nutrition and behaviour are closely linked. Read bad nutrition.

Getting good nutrition will benefit you mentally and physically, get some omega 3 fatty acids into your diet read Can omega 3 help depression?



Exercise will release endorphins which will in turn trigger a positive feeling. Again I will bring up the N.H.S, they recognise that exercising can help depression and stop them from getting depressed in the first place.

If you are not too mobile but still wish to exercise then Tai Chi is excellent, it combines the physical with the mental.

A systematic review and meta-analysis by Chenchen Wang and other researchers used 3817 people from English and Chinese databases. They conducted observational studies, randomized studies and randomized controlled trials.

The trials showed that Tai Chi improved the mental health of people who had stress, anxiety and depression and increased their self esteem

Tai Chi and mental health

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