How Holistic Treatment Can Help Depression

Depression is a complex disorder, and treatment is not so cut and dry. Most people who suffer from depression will use some form of holistic therapy to help with it. While doctors prescribe medications to help mitigate the symptoms of depression, it's best to try a holistic approach first. There are a variety of reasons why an individual may suffer from depression. The disorder should be treated with an integrative and tailored approach, depending on the person.

Here are some of the holistic treatments that are beneficial for those who have depression.

Counseling

 
For mild to moderate depression, counseling is an excellent treatment option that involves no medications or harmful side-effects. Using "talk-therapy," a counselor will help the patient talk through what's going on in their life. Topics will also include what happened in their past, and what is troubling them. They provide feedback to the patient and send them home with prompts and homework that helps them to create coping strategies. Finding the right counselor is important, especially if it is a teen struggling. Fortunately, treatment centers like Ignite Teen Treatment offer specific plans for teenagers with depression and provide the ideal support for them and their parents.
 

Vitamins and supplements

 
Each person's body is different and has a unique biochemical process. Due to genetics, diet, and a variety of other lifestyle factors, one individual's metabolism may be entirely different from the next. While some people's bodies are both receiving and absorbing adequate vitamins and minerals, some people may need a bit of a boost. The lack of proper nutrients will impact your brain function and contribute to depression.
 
The best way is with organic, nutrient-dense foods. That said, some supplements are specifically recommended for those with depression, including:
 
1. Multi-vitamin with minerals and B6
2. Omega-3 fatty acids
3. Probiotics
4. Vitamin D-3 (higher dosage during winter)
6. GABA
7. Folic acid
8. Magnesium Glycinate
 
By supplementing with additional vitamins and minerals, you'll ensure your brain and body are getting everything they need each day for optimal function. Deficiencies will cause a strain within the body and intensify the symptoms of depression.
 

Mindfulness practices

 
The mind is extremely powerful and is often the root of where depression begins. By doing mindfulness activities and exercises, you can help encourage positive thoughts and enhance the mind-body connection. Many mindfulness practices are advised to help treat depression, such as meditation, hypnosis, imagery, and relaxation training.
 
Mind-body practices have been used for centuries as an approach to healing many illnesses, diseases, and disorders. You will see mindfulness practices is Ayurveda, Tibetan Medicine, and Chinese medicine.
 
Another common mindfulness technique that is great for treating depression is yoga. Yoga helps to reduce stress, promote relaxation, and boost blood flow to the brain. The consistent practice of yoga is proven to have a positive effect on mood. For those with depression, it becomes a portion of their life that they have control over, giving them a feeling of worth and value. Incorporating both yoga and meditation is a holistic way to reduce symptoms of depression.
 

Aromatherapy and essential oils

 
Aromatherapy has been in practice for over 6000 years as an effective holistic treatment. It's completely safe to use essential oils, with no harmful side-effects to worry about. Some oils have a notable calming effect, which is excellent to help with people with anxiety. When it comes to depression, you want to look for oils that are stimulating. Each person may have different preferences when it comes to the scent, but the following oils will motivate those with depression and stimulate the brain:
 
  • Bergamot
  • Sweet orange
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon
  • Spearmint
 

Botanicals/herbs

 
Certain types of botanical medicines are shown to have a positive effect when it comes to treating depression. These natural options provide a safer alternative than using pharmaceutical medication.
 
 
1. Rhodiola
 
Rhodiola is an herb grown in the mountainous regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. It is also called Arctic Root because it is only grown in wild Arctic regions. It helps the body to adapt to stress and is therefore beneficial for depression or anxiety.
 
 
2. St. John's Wort
 
St. John's Wort helps to mitigate the symptoms of depression and its effect on the neurochemical pathway of the body. It is potentially just as effective at treating depression as many prescription drugs. It has many other benefits, such as liver detoxification and accelerated wound healing. There are potential drug interactions with St. Johns Wort, so if you're on any other medications, it's best to speak to your doctor first.
 
 
3. Valerian
 
Valerian is a root that is typically used as a sleep-aid. Some research suggests it may be helpful for anxiety and depression as well.
 

 

 
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