For many people, depression seems a fact of life that cannot be eliminated;but for those willing to try a natural path herbal selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) may be used to control the negative effects of serious, clinical depression. Each day, the clinically depressed battle sadness that threatens to incapacitate them. Since the 1980s, synthetic (SSRI have been prescribed to curb the feelings of inadequacy, anxiety, worthless, and melancholy that people suffering from clinical depression feel. In a world increasingly sensitive to the needs of those handicapped and limited by serious depression, various cures are touted. For many, herbal remedy seems the path to take as it addresses issues of depression naturally, but no one should take any medication, herbal or synthetic, without first considering the effects it is known to have on various types of individual's.
St John's Wort
Saint (St) John' s wort is perhaps the best known herbal ssri. In most cases, the term St. John's wort refers specifically a specic species, Hypericum perforatum, or Tipton's/Klamath weed. In some cases, with the proper descriptors, St John's wort may refer to any individual species of the Hypericum species. Because of this generic application of the term, Tipton's weed is often specified as Common St John's wort. Throughout the world, there are about 370 species of Hypericum, and they are found North America, Europe, Asia Minor, Russia, India, and China, where they grow in both temperate and subtropical regions. Named for its likelihood of flowering and being harvested on June 24, in some traditions St John's day, Common St John's wort is a perrenial herb that produces a yellowing flowering and underground rhizomes.
While various medicinal uses for St John's wort have been suggested, it is most commonly used in the treatment of depression and anxiety. As an expensive, herbal alternative to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (ssri), St John is a safe choice for such treatment when it is given in the proper dosages and with careful consideration of individual response to it. As an anti-depressant, Common St John's wort is proven effective in the treatment of mild to moderate depression. As it inhibits serotonin absorption in your brain (5-HTP), St John's wort is sometimes referred to as herbal ssri. The constituents of St John's wort that are credited with its ssri capabilities are hyperforin and hypericin. Hyperforin has also been indicated as a possible suppressive for alcohol desire, and--for this reason--many people use herbal ssri (Common St John's wort) to fight alcoholism, a condition that leads to/stems from depression.
As with any medicine or herbal remedy, St John's wort must be used with careful attention to various concerns. It has been known to have the following adverse effects in clinical trials: decrease of sexual desire in both men and women, infertility in men and women, increase in photosensitivity leading to sensitive-to-light eyes and sunburn, and mania in patients with bipolar disorder. As with any medicinal substance, individuals should discuss St John's wort with their doctor/s before including it in a health regimen.
Amino Acid Alternative to St. John Wort
Some people have chosen to take amino acids which are used as the building blocks to manufacturer serotonin in our bodies. At thankgiving many people feel tired or sleepy after eating turkey. It is believed that the L-Tryptophan in the turkey is causing this affect. If you are not keen on taking an herbal supplement, you may find relief trying the amino acid L-Tryptophan.