Depression is a common mental disorder that causes people to experience depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. Depression is different from feeling down or sad.
There are a plethora of anti-depressant and thymoleptic herbs that can elevate the mood and alleviate depression naturally
Please consult a naturopath or your doctor before taking natural remedies if you are on medication or if symptoms persist.
Carina Harkin BHSc.Nat.BHSc.Hom.BHSc.Acu.
Cert IV TAE. ARCHTI mem.
Naturopathic Causes & Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Living in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere I, like the locals, have learnt to view the weather in a different light. “At least it’s not bitterly cold,” we say. As we fully submerge ourselves into winter grey and indulge in hot toddies, hot ports and warm hearths, some of us may unfortunately feel like a storm cloud has descended on us. People will describe low moods, feeling foggy and physical symptoms that are worse in the damp weather such as lung and joint problems. Whilst a seasonal decline in energy and mood is normal for many of us, some of us may actually be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or the winter blues. The symptoms of SAD can include serious mood change when the seasons change, excessive sleep, fatigue and craving for sweets and high carbohydrate foods. Herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary and lifestyle approaches can treat this condition naturally, without the use of pharmacological drugs.
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Naturopathic Causes & Treatment of Low Energy
Our cars are not the only things that are hard to start on a cold and frosty morning. For some of us it takes a while to get the old bones moving. There are many reasons why we may feel tired. It is important, as always, to see your doctor and eliminate any underlying disease. Sometimes however, there seems to be no explanation as to why our energy levels are low. Causes of fatigue that can be treated by natural medicine are poor digestion and absorption e.g. in Crohn's disease, coeliac disease), bowel flora imbalance, infections, adrenal exhaustion, blood sugar and hormonal imbalance. Herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary and lifestyle approaches can treat this condition naturally, without the use of pharmacological drugs.
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