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Effective treatment of depression and anxiety

Gae Scott

 

April 13, 2015

Recent clinical trials have proven the use of herbal medicine to be effective in the treatment of depression and anxiety.

 

Even if you are under the care of a GP, Psychologist or on antidepressants, as a Naturopath, I can help you to balance your nervous system with tailored herbal medicine and dietary advice.

 

Diet plays a huge role in your emotional ups and downs and the right balance of foods can give you control over your moods, reduce cravings for stimulants such as caffeine and sugary foods and most importantly, provide the body with the nutrients it needs to produce Serotonin - known as the "happy" brain chemical.

 

University of Queensland research has found a traditional extract of Kava, a medicinal plant from the South Pacific, to be safe and effective natural medication for reducing anxiety.

 

Published in the journal of Psychopharmacology are the results of a world-first clinical trial which found that a water-soluble extract of Kava was effective in treating anxiety and improving mood.

 

Lead researcher Jerome Sarris, a PhD candidate from UQ's School of Medicine said the placebo-controlled study found Kava to be an effective and safe treatment option for people with chronic anxiety and varying levels of depression.

 

"We've been able to show that Kava offers a natural alternative for the treatment of anxiety, and unlike some pharmaceutical options, has less risk of dependency and less potential of side effects," Mr Sarris said.

 

Kava is just one of many effective natural medications for anxiety. There are many other natural remedies for the treatment of both anxiety and depression. As a Naturopath, I can, provide expert advice which will ensure that you receive evidence based, safe natural therapy for depression or anxiety.