Most can see the connection between depression and anxiety but not everyone will readily see the connection of herbs, depression (and) anxiety. The connection between the three is that herbs can be used in the treatment of depression as well as anxiety.
There are a number of herbs that can have a positive effect on depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. For now we will take a look at two herbs often used within supplements to treat these mental health issues. Hops and Milk thistle are used in supplements for the most part.
Hops are used for restlessness. It is also used to relieve anxiety, tension, and irritability. Hops are used for insomnia as well. The only drawback to hops is that while it aids anxiety, it may actually increase depressive feelings.
Milk Thistle is also known as Silybum Marianum. It works to protect the liver from chronic and inflammatory liver disease. It can relieve the symptoms of Chronic Hepatitis and may also ease the suffering of cancer. Though the treatment for depression is not specifically mentioned above, in a supplement it works well with other herbs and nutritive agents to treat depression and anxiety.
Depression and anxiety often co-exist. Alone these issues are difficult enough to deal with but for those who suffer with both it is more than difficult at times. Untreated a depressed and anxious person could end up hospitalized or worse. Treated, such people often lead very productive and successful lives.
There is a wide variety of treatments for depression and anxiety. With the increasing trend of turning to almost anything that is natural or organic. This is no less true for those who must take medication for any condition. The biggest concern particularly about prescriptive medications for depression is the serious side effects which could be either decreased sex drive or thoughts of suicide could happen among other things like digestive upsets. Herbs/herbal supplements have far fewer side effects.
There is an important piece of information that you must be made aware of. Though herbs/herbal supplements are natural they may not necessarily be safe, particularly if you take medications for other illness such as High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, or Diabetes. There could be reduced efficacy of these meds. It is imperative that you check with your physician before adding anything especially supplements or exercise to your health regime.