The Best Amazon Herbs to Cure Depression
by Lucy Miller Robinson
One of the most common mental illnesses is depression. You or someone you know may have suffered from depression at some point in their lives. It comes in different forms, including major depressive disorder, psychotic depression, postpartum depression, and seasonal affective disorder. Symptoms include persistent feelings of sadness and anxiousness, hopelessness, worthlessness, irritability, loss of interest in activities once pleasurable, decreased energy, insomnia, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of suicide, overeating or loss of appetite, and chronic aches or pains. The good news is that depression is highly treatable through counseling, medication, and herbal remedies.
Antidepressants vs. Herbs
Antidepressant medications often present a whole range of unpleasant side effects, namely headache, nausea, insomnia, agitation, and sexual problems. Furthermore, antidepressants are derived from synthetic chemicals, leading many to question the effects of prolonged use. One example of potential dangers was found at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology at the Danish Cancer Society, where researchers uncovered that some antidepressants are responsible for an increased risk of certain blood cancers.
Meanwhile, herbs come from the same place as man, the earth. They are completely natural and have been used medicinally since the beginning of time. They are generally considered to be very mild and safe, with little to no harmful side effects. Rainforest herbs, such as those from the Amazon, are particularly well known for their extraordinary healing powers.
Catuaba, originally from the rainforest of northern Brazil, contains alkaloids that have a favorable impact on mental health. This herb is effective in treating anxiety, as well as fatigue, forgetfulness, and poor memory.
Long used by Indians in the Amazon, jatoba bark provides a natural boost for those lacking energy and strength to get through the day.
Samambaia grows throughout the South American rainforest, and is a remedy for depression, a treatment for Alzheimer's and dementia patients, and a brain and skin cellular protectant.
Cat's claw is an herb that wards off depression and has been used for at least 2,000 years. Chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, inflammatory conditions, cancer, and intestinal disorders are also treated with cat's claw.
Guarana is known to be a better relaxant and memory enhancer than both coffee and tea. It also contains antioxidants.
Maca, found in the Andes mountains of Bolivia and Peru, has been used by the indigenous people for centuries. This herb can be used to raise energy levels, restore hormone balance, and support the immune system.
Cocoa, found in the cacao plant of the Amazon, is a known producer of endorphins, the feel-good hormone. To truly feel the effects of this plant, look for chocolate made with pure cocoa. In this case, Hershey's won't do the trick.