Uncovered explores the ancient power of herbs
with Gabriele Fantelli
Herbs and mental health
Herbals V's traditional medication
Herbs can produce similar effects to prescription drugs and the general consensus is that they often have fewer side effects. One of the most reknown downsides of herbal remedies is that they tend to work slower than prescription drugs,and that is probably why they are not as popular and they are often overlooked.
Common herbs used to treat mental illness
St. John’s Wort, Valerian and Kava are probably the most well known herbs used for mental health. Scientific research showed that, these three herbs do have qualities that improve mental health and they are widely prescribed and used.
St. John’s Wort is used in the treatment of up to moderate cases of depression. Kava is used in the treatment of anxiety disorders as well as Valerian, which is also used to treat insomnia.
As well as herbal remedies that can be prescribed by doctors, herbalists, psychologists etc, there are many herbs that we could introduce in our everyday diet, that could help relieve minor to moderate mental health issues. Obviously self-diagnosis and self-prescriptions are not advisable in any case. St John's Wort for example can have contra-indications and should be discussed with a professional before you start to use it.
Everyday herbal benefits
We can use every day herbs to help with our overall physical and mental wellbeing. Herbs such as chamomile can relax and soothe us without any contra-indications. Chamomile is usually taken in tea and is a wonderful drink to have of an evening, or as a substitute for regular caffeine laden regular tea.
Table of herbs, roots and flowers that are particularly good for the mind
This article was published in issue 1 of Uncovered magazine.
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