Authored by Malcolm Tatum in Mental Health
Published on 11-20-2009
Depression is a mental condition that affects millions of people each day. People of all ages, genders, and backgrounds experience depression at some time during their lives. While once looked upon as something that people could just snap out of if they tried, more and more medical professionals are recognizing that depressive states are illnesses that have an organic origin, and can be treated using several different approaches. One strategy for dealing with depression is to make use of homeopathic medicine.
Homeopathy often involves the use of medication that is formulated using natural elements. Unlike many drugs on the market today, homeopathic remedies do not make use of artificial ingredients. For people who believe that the body and mind ultimately benefit from the use of compounds found in nature, homeopathy just makes sense.
When it comes to depression, homeopathy follows a similar route as with traditional medicine. Once it is determined that the individual is suffering from a physical condition that has caused the brain to not produce the right neurotransmitters in the proper balance, medication is administered to compensate for that imbalance. At the same time, other therapies are used to help teach the mind how to trigger proper neurotransmitter production once more.
Unlike many nuclear medicines, on the market to day, homeopathic remedies are not necessarily intended to help your body use the fewer neurotransmitters more efficiently, but to actually stimulate the production of a proper amount of neurotransmitters. While this process make take a little longer to achieve, the use of homeopathic medicine purports to address the core problem, rather than dealing with the symptoms. For many people, this seems to be a more reasonable and enduring solution.
With many drugs used to fight depression and the anxiety that often comes along with the depressed state, there is always the risk of addiction. Even in the best case scenarios, physicians normally encourage patients to incrementally lower the dosage rather than abruptly ceasing to take an antidepressant. This is because antidepressants tend to produce a rebound effect when the medication is stopped.
Homeopathic medications tend to take less time to wean off, and are much less likely to produce dependency. For people who are leery of taking medications in general, this means that the use of homeopathy along with counseling offers the chance to retain control and beat depression without having to worry about side effects. There is also much less chance of developing any long term dependency that must be addressed once the depression is a thing of the past.
As with various western antidepressants, there are various homeopathic remedies that are used to treat depression. There is a good chance you may have to try more than one before the right course of treatment is identified. Keep in mind that while many people do benefit from the use of homeopathy, detractors of this type of alternative medicine tend to downplay the efficacy of homeopathic treatment. This means you may encounter some opposition from loved ones. However, if you’ve already tried western medicine and found that it had little to no effect on your problem, give homeopathy a try. You may find that it is exactly what you need to beat depression and begin enjoying life to the fullest once again.