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What are the Best Homeopathic Depression Treatments?

By Brandon May
Updated May 17, 2024
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Homeopathic medicine involves the use of herbs and other techniques that treat the whole person, in both body and mind, and use only natural, non-invasive methods of healing. A combination of herbs and compounds are diluted in alcohol in homeopathic depression treatments, and are often called tinctures in homeopathic medicine. The best homeopathic depression treatments involve different mixtures of homeopathic tinctures, such as aurumium metallicum and calcium carbonicum, or simple herbs such as St. John's wort. Homeopaths will also recommend homeopathic depression treatments that utilize relaxation and guided imagery, as these have been shown to help relieve anxiousness and nervousness in many individuals, side effects that are very common in those suffering from depression.

One homeopathic depression remedy is called arumium metallicum, which is a solution made from gold and is diluted quite a few times to make it safe for human consumption. Often this solution is taken as a tincture once or twice a day, and is even available in capsule forms. Another popular homeopathic depression remedy is called calcium carbonicum, and is prescribed to individuals who usually exhibit a tough personality but have a calm and shy internal personality. In homeopathic medicine, natural physicians take into account the emotional and physical characteristics to find a remedy that suits the individual, contrary to pharmaceutical drugs that treat people in a generic format.

St. John's wort is a simple and natural homeopathic depression treatment that comes straight from the herb and isn't diluted. Most people can take St. John's Wort, despite personality and body types, and some research supports its beneficial effects on alleviating depressive symptoms while other studies report its effectiveness is no better than placebo. Some side effects of this herb include increasing sensitivity to sun exposure, as well as inadequate absorption of calcium and iron. An herbalist or naturopathic physician can determine if this herb is right for treating depression in specific individuals.

Remedies used in homeopathy are safe in their diluted form and are usually free from side effects, and their beneficial effects are hypothesized to work by acting as a catalyst to promoting the immune system. Although homeopathy has been around for centuries, it is still criticized for its lack of evidence compared to Western medicine. Often individuals who seek natural approaches to achieving better health will turn not only to homeopathy, but will also look toward other alternative approaches such as exercise and meditation, two natural techniques that have been shown to be beneficial for depression and other conditions. The other benefits to homeopathic remedies, besides from the lack of negative side effects, include being less expensive than pharmaceutical drugs.

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