Surprisingly, even today discussing mental health is still something of a taboo, particularly as one in three people are likely to suffer from depression at some point or other in their life, women twice as likely as men.
A debilitating condition, it can affect anyone from any culture, of any age or background, striking at any time for no reason in particular.Â However, the mistake that people most often make is to confuse depression with just feeling a bit low or down, which encourages sufferers to pull their socks up.Â But, the truth is that severe depression is highly incapacitating and requires professional treatment to ensure successful recovery.
Traditionally, many anti-depressant drugs such are often prescribed for moderate to severe depression.Â They usually take up to two weeks to start working and often may have side effects.Â However, as a natural alternative to drugs, St John’s Wort and Passion Flower may, provide relief for sufferers with mild to moderate symptoms of depression.Â Clinical trials have proven that a combination of St John’s Wort with the calming properties of Passion Flower can address the symptoms of anxiety and depression.Â Furthermore, the supplement can take effect in as little as two weeks, while St John’s Wort alone can take up to six weeks.Â These two herbs taken in one supplement are more effective than if taken separately.
St John’s Wort has been recognised to relieve the symptoms of depression and works by increasing the amount and activity of serotonin and dopamine between nerve cells to make up for a deficiency characteristic in someone suffering from depression.Â In addition, it also reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol in the bloodstream by inducing the liver to break it down faster.
Passion Flower an herbal remedy derived from a Native American plant works on physical and mental symptoms of stress, relaxes muscles and anxiety and is a safe, natural and non-addictive tranquilliser.
However, keep in mind that St John’s Wort with Passion Flower should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women.Â And, those on prescription drugs should check with their doctor before taking St John’s Wort with Passion Flower to avoid triggering unwanted side effects.