Herbal Treatment For Depression

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Depression is a major problem faced by people of all ages around the world in this modern society. It is very hard to get away from depression. People face it no matter who you are and what you do. Depression is caused by unhapiness, lonely ness and various other reasons. Depression is a common disorder found in elderly people mainly due to lonelyness. As we are moving forward towards moderanization, we are busy and don’t have much time for our loved and dear ones.

Depression is a day today problem and it is not a disease in my opinion. It is a state of condition that changes with time and location. Eating Mediterranean diet generally makes people less depressed. There are number of studies done on the subject. In my opinion, ingredients used in Mediterranean food are responsible. According to Ayurvedic studies, Allium Sativum (garlic), has intellect promoting properties that may alleviate depression.

In a pilot study, dehydrated powder of  Indian garlic was administered to 32 patients with depresion. The garlic powder was given at a dose of 1 gm (equivalent to 5 gm of raw garlic) three times a day for 1 month. Results showed significant relief in seven of eight symptoms tested as shown below. This study was done at Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda at Jamnagar, Gujarat, India.

a* The mean score highlights the grading of symptoms based on mild, moderate, and severity of symptom.

Links are from medical journals and do not represent the suggestions or advise of Indus Organics. Please consult your natural health practitioner for usage. It is not advisable to discontinue your current medication and start natural herbs without consulting your doctor.

Author wish to thank Prof. Hari Sharma, MD, DABP, FCAP, FRCPC, DABHM

The Ohio State University Center for Integrative Medicine; College of Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. for providing the article THE JOURNAL OF ALTERNATIVE AND COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE Volume 13, Number 9, 2007, pp. 1011–1019 © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/acm.2007.7017-A that forms the basis of this blog.

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