Should I ask a doctor before using herbal supplements for depression?

Yes if on other meds. Unfortunately most doctors are poorly educated regarding herbs, so they are often not a good source of information. However, the herb that is most commonly used for depression, st. John's wort, is known to affect the metabolism of many medications. Thus, if you are taking other medications it would be wise to consult with your doctor about potential interactions.

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What are some herbal supplements for depression and anxiety?

My thoughts. If you have clinical depression & anxiety you'd be better off using medication--it takes a large amount of herbal preparation to equal a weak antidepressant--sort of like hunting elephants with a bb gun! (:. Read more...

Can herbal supplements treat depression?

Yes. The most widely used & researched herb for depression is st. John's wort. The cochrane review of 29 research studies found it to work as well as pharmaceuticals with less side effects. It may be less effective in severe depression, but so are pharmaceuticals. See www.Sciencedaily.Com/releases/2008/10/081007192435.Htm. Another herb that often helps is rhodiola rosea. Please see comment for more:. Read more...

I've just stopped taking paroxetine. Are there any herbal supplements that can help with depression and anxiety?

Yes but. Saint johns' worts have been used for depression but the effect is variable and not that powerful. If you don't want to take drugs, try doing more physical exercise on a regular basis. Mediation may also help anxiety. There are also other herbal products purported to calm one down but i don't believe they work that well. Read more...
Passion Flower, . Valerian ; chamomile may help w anxiety. Agree w earlier recommendation regarding st john's wort. Talk about feelings ; address problems. Don't avoid them. Aim for 7.5 - 8 hours of sleep/ night. Daily physical activity is optimal in a green space. Eat healthfully. Cut out junk carbs, caffeine ; alcohol (or moderate). Try qi gong, tai chi, acupuncture, acupressure, homeopathy, meditation, yoga, >. Read more...