Ayahuasca Increases Salivary Cortisol Levels in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Major Depression and Healthy Controls

Researchers are investigating the antidepressant effect of several psychedelic substances, including ayahuasca. Ayahuasca is a psychedelic beverage that has medicinal, religious, and ceremonial uses among the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin. It is a decoction of two plants, caapi (Banisteriopsis caapi, Malpighiaceae) stem, and chacruna (Psychotria Viridis, Rubiaceae) leaf. Ayahuasca contains the hallucinogenic constituent … Continue reading Ayahuasca Increases Salivary Cortisol Levels in Patients with Treatment-Resistant Major Depression and Healthy Controls

Aromatherapy Massage and Inhalation Improve Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults

Depression among older adults is associated with problems including functional decline or disability, low quality of life, demands on caregivers, increased use of mental health services, and mortality due to chronic illnesses or suicide. Prescription antidepressants can have limited efficacy and may cause adverse effects. Aromatherapy, which is easy to use, inexpensive, and associated with … Continue reading Aromatherapy Massage and Inhalation Improve Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults

Clinical Trial Finds Saffron Effective in the Treatment of Mild Depression and Anxiety in Youth

Saffron (Crocus sativus, Iridaceae) has been shown to be effective in treating mild to moderate depression and anxiety in adults. This is attributed to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and possibly monoaminergic properties. Despite the body of research on its use in adults, saffron has not been studied in the treatment of depression and anxiety in youth. … Continue reading Clinical Trial Finds Saffron Effective in the Treatment of Mild Depression and Anxiety in Youth

Could Mindfulness Prevent Major Depression?

A new study reveals that eight weeks of mindfulness meditation may help to prevent major depressive disorder in people with subclinical depression. Researchers suggest that mindfulness meditation could help to prevent major depression. Subclinical depression, which is also referred to as subthreshold depression, is defined as the presence of depressive symptoms that are not yet severe or persistent … Continue reading Could Mindfulness Prevent Major Depression?

Hops Extract Improves Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Symptoms in Healthy Young Adults

The female inflorescence of hops (Humulus lupulus, Cannabaceae) is used traditionally to treat insomnia, excitability, and restlessness. The German Commission E approved the use of hops for sleep disturbances and mood disorders such as anxiety and restlessness; however, according to the authors, there is a lack of high-quality, placebo-controlled studies evaluating the efficacy of hops … Continue reading Hops Extract Improves Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Symptoms in Healthy Young Adults

Roseroot May Have Potential as Alternative Treatment for Depression

A herb used in traditional European folk medicine for over 3,000 years could be a potential treatment option for depression, according to the results of a new study. Many common therapies for mild to moderate depression can have side effects such as nausea and sexual dysfunction. The study, published in Phytomedicine, was led by Dr. … Continue reading Roseroot May Have Potential as Alternative Treatment for Depression

Can Essential Oils Treat Depression?

Essential oils are used for many purposes, from serving as a natural mosquito repellent to reducing back and neck pain. However, can essential oils help treat depression? Essential oils do not cure depression and should not be used as an alternative to the treatment prescribed by a doctor. Essential oils can, however, be used as … Continue reading Can Essential Oils Treat Depression?

8 Herbs and Supplements to Help Treat Depression

Depression isn't just feeling sad or "blue." It is a serious mood disorder with symptoms that range from mild to debilitating, and potentially life-threatening. Depression is a relatively common disorder in that it affects millions of people each year. People of all ages and ethnicities experience depression, including children and adolescents. Depression does not only … Continue reading 8 Herbs and Supplements to Help Treat Depression