Category Archives: Depression

Annona cherimola: Antidepressant Herb?

Annona is a group of plants belonging to the Annonaceae family. A number of species from this group have been shown to have central nervous system effects and may have mood elevating properties. Studies with animals have shown that Annonaceae … Continue reading

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Annona diversifolia: Anxiolytic Herb from Mexico

Annona diversifolia is a plant used in traditional Mexican herbal medicine for the treatment of nervios. Nervios in Latin America is considered a state of bodily and mental unrest, possibly as caused by stress. One aspect of nervios that is … Continue reading

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Aralia continentalis (Manchurian Spikenard)

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Valeriana officinalis As An Anxiolytic?

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Plant Essential Oils As Treatments For Anxiety

Essential oils are volatile compounds produced by plants that have a strong odour. Essential oils can be extracted from plants, a process that has been understood for centuries. Essential oils are interesting from a nutritional perspective, because many appear to … Continue reading

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B Vitamins for Mood

A number of B vitamins are required for energy production. In this role, certain B vitamins can act as cofactors to a number of energy producing pathways in cells, and are therefore essential to cellular energy production. B vitamins also … Continue reading

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Saffron as a Treatment for Anxiety

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Herbs Versus Drugs

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Convolvulus pluricaulis (Shankhpushpi): Memory Enhancing Brain Tonic

Convolvulus pluricaulis, commonly called Shankhpushpi (Aloe weed in English), is a traditional Indian herbal medicine. In appearance, the plant is similar to morning glory, and it grows trailing along the ground and possesses blue flowers. A number of physiological changes … Continue reading

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Benincasa hispida (Winter Melon)

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