Psychiatry remains one of the most behindhand field in Medicine to date. Of the number of drugs known to improve your mental well-being, a significant number of them fail to produce a response and also precipitate unsavory side-effects. Classes of Drugs like Tri-Cyclic Antidepressants have a success-rate of less than 1 in every 4 people. Other drugs, have even worse therapy profiles and can produce serious side-effects like Seizures, Psychosis and Mania.
In such a disinformed space with unreliable data, it becomes necessary to find Natural alternatives with minimal to no side-effects. A few such herb-derivatives are:
A “superfood” in the truest sense of the word – It is derived from the green-leaves of Ginkgo Biloba tree. Ginkgo Biloba is believed to be a tree from Ancient China. Currently, it is being synthesized in Japan and France to meet it’s ever-increasing commercial demand.
Antioxidants form the mainstay of Anti-aging efforts. This herb is rich in a variety of super-powerful antioxidants namely, terpenoids and flavonoids. They bind to the free-radicals which are formed as a result of metabolism and wear-and-tear of cells. Binding to these free-radicals – neutralization of the harmful radicals takes place leading to healthy skin and diseases prevention. Inflammation is also reduced using the same mechanism.
The Cardiovascular System requires a steady blood-flow and pliable blood-vessels to ensure their proper functioning. Cholesterol makes the blood-vessels hard and results in an increase in blood-pressure – Leading to Hypertension in the body and an increased risk for stroke in the Brain. Nitric Oxide an important vasodilator of the blood-vessels becomes necessary to ease the stress of these never-resting blood vessels. Ginkgo Biloba is responsible for a 12% increase in this active-blood vessel dilator compound release. Its shown to increase circulation to all parts of the body and the Central Nervous system. With an increased blood-flow to the brain it sharpens the memory and decreases risk of Dementia, Depression and migraines.
Ginkgo Biloba deserves a special mention in its role to rehabilitate a smoker’s Lungs. By increasing the air-capacity (Vital Capacity) of our lungs – Ginkgo reduces symptoms of breathlessness and treats other respiratory disorders
St. John’s Wort
St.John’s wort is a flower of the family Hypericaceae. It has found it’s most use in being an adjuvant (meaning something that enhances the effect of another) to other anti-depressants. Though the mechanism of action of this herb remains unknown, it is extremely useful in elevating mood and increasing concentration levels. Both of which are important in people with severe Depression. The only downside to this drug is its dependence on the liver for Metabolism and interaction with specific drugs like Anti-coagulants. However, these interactions can be overcome by using appropriate doses and “spacing” between different Medication.
The above mentioned herbs when taken together have shown some real-promise in treating PMS symptoms in women and also cause an Increased Libido in men. SMOKERS who are trying to quit, in particular will find most use to a combination of the above drugs because it treats the nicotine-cessation symptoms and also elevates mood – a super-synergistic combo for the addicted. Apart from these effects, both these drugs have a surprisingly LOW side-effect profile. Symptoms such as diarrhea, Nausea and Vomiting have been reported in a small – populace, most of which, were due to specific allergies to the constituents.