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Can Naturopathic Medicine Help Depression?

Avoid depression with natural health counselingHow is it possible that someone that has been suffering for years and taken a myriad of prescription medicines, would respond to something as simple as natural medicines?The main differentiation between treating depression with holistic medicine versus prescription drugs is actually not in the medicines themselves, but in the approach to diagnosis.  At any given time we may see ten different patients labeled as suffering from depression and yet our treatment approach will radically differ from one to the next. During the last decade, the media and health food industry have presented a number of natural substances as great "holistic remedies" for depression. Some examples are St John's Wort, SAM-E, B Vitamins, and Lavender. While the motivation is sincere, they missed the point of what true healing (cure) entails.The role of a good naturopathic physician is that of a ‘Medical Sherlock Holmes': to investigate hidden clues for the imbalances in the individual's body chemistry.  Just like the famous detective, we find subtle clues that guide us to a proper diagnosis and the "right treatment", which is always highly individualized for each patient. Hence, we search for clues in areas such as:
  • Nutritional status
  • Digestion and elimination
  • Metabolic type
  • Neurotransmitter (brain molecules) levels
  • Essential Fatty Acids ratios.
  • Blood sugar and Insulin fluctuations
  • Food allergies or intolerances
  • Heavy Metals/Toxicity
  • Sex Hormone levels
  • Detoxification patterns
  • Psychological and family history
  • Tongue analysis (a crack or deep indention down the center)

If you or someone you care about suffers from depression...where do you start looking? 

If the depression is mild and doesn't affect daily function- the first place to concentrate is in your food intake, digestion and elimination. 1- High levels of sugar intake can dramatically affect emotional response. 2- Absence of beneficial fats (good fish and flax seed oils) can affect neural and hormonal function. 3- Improper mineral balances can aggravate depressive moods by slowing metabolism.  At the least Add the Mineral Magnesium (200-400 milligrams) to your regime.If digestion is improper, then many nutrients that are essential to proper brain function may not be absorbed sufficiently. If, on the other side, elimination is improper, toxins can be incorporated into the blood stream, liver function can be taxed and the foundation for emotional well being is shaken.Of course, psychological trauma is always taken into account.  However, even in the presence of severe psychological dysfunction, a balanced chemistry will make the difference between suffering and being able to handle the trauma and move beyond it.Severe depression- requires more than a "do-it-yourself" approach.  Find a practitioner that is knowledgeable on the areas specified above and in whom you can feel a sense of trust (essential!) and be prepared for a great journey.


13 Comments to Can Naturopathic Medicine Help Depression?:

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revlite melbourne on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 5:32 AM
I think the effect of both type of medicines is different. However, natural medicine is more effective and reliable than prescription drug. The discussion is quite sensible and useful.
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Drug testing for marijuana on Monday, August 26, 2013 4:17 AM
Depression , really so much affecting our body, and we all have to take care of that.This kind of medicine can help us for the relieve of the uncomfortableness.
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The persons which are suffering from this kind of problems will definitely get benefits for that and can gt so much knowledge frm it.Thanks.
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I think this is a brilliant writing by the writer to reduce depression and stress with the help of naturopathic. Its really very nice.
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Consultation by orthodentist in nyc on Monday, September 16, 2013 5:40 AM
Changing your behavior,your physical activity, lifestyle, and even your way of thinking -- are all natural depression treatments.i really like your informative post,thanks and keep sharing..
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Metformin Diabetes medication on Friday, November 08, 2013 6:37 AM
Thanks for sharing the information on naturopathic medicine. I obviously believe that medicine helps in curing though may have few side effects if not taken with care. A nice article.
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Your blog is so informative and very useful for the people who were suffering depression for a long time and try everything to recover from it. so thanks for shearing this information.
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Getting in Shape on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:05 AM
Depression is typically characterized by low mood, low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure in normally enjoyable activities.It is the most common psychiatric disorder. Naturopathic medicine is a good way to treat the depression.
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United States Health industry on Thursday, December 12, 2013 11:58 PM
Depression causes a lot of problems and the person must be kept happy. It is necessary that they start the medication soon, and take balanced diet.
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Dentist in Nottingham on Friday, December 27, 2013 2:53 AM
The discussion is quite sensible and useful. The main differentiation between treating depression with holistic medicine versus prescription drugs is actually not in the medicines themselves, but in the approach to diagnosis.
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