Top 10 Plant Medicines for Depression and Anxiety
What are the best medicines for Anxiety and Depression symptoms?
I learned about plants by leaning in to the relief I felt as a patient, and discovered near miraculous healing when I started using them in my practice. These are my favorites for anxiety and depression. Check out all the side-benefits when you use Mother Nature’s medicine!
Albizia: When I discovered Albizia, I felt complete allergy relief. Thirty years of severe allergies to nearly everything, was completely resolved. I felt some improvement of my allergies by taking fish oils to decrease inflammation. There was more improvement when I tried to prescribe Echinacea to a patient, and set a bottle on the counter that was nearly $100. She said “no thanks,” so I drank the whole bottle myself, taking a sip every day. I didn’t know at the time that they sell those big bottles to mix custom formulations. Lol, some people think I must be “smart” to be a doctor. Now you know, my best resources were found with my ignorance!
Ashwagandha is best know for adding focus during final exams, and soothing adrenal stress in insomniacs, but it has been research documented to normalize thyroid hormone levels as well. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Aug 22.
Blessed Thistle is a plant taken when you are not sure what to do. Healers educated in herbal medicine call plants like this “wide-acting” because it seems to meet the needs of a wide variety of problems. Other “wide-acting” plants are burdock and echinacea. In Romania, their “real doctors” scientifically research the value of plants. They found that Blessed Thistle reverses the aging process of the Brain. No wonder it is “wide-acting.” Improving Regulatory systems will affect all other organs and systems. Pharmacogn Mag. 2015 May;11
Don’t forget Lemon Balm!
Lemon Balm is an ingredient in True Calm, our first official formulation and resource to get little kids to sleep. In 10 minutes on PubMed, the database for the National Library of Medicine, I found double blind studies confirming Lemon Balms value for a variety of things. These included things like PMS, heart palpitations, mood and cognitive improvement, IBS pain, and infant colic. I wonder why American doctors would want us to believe that plant medicines “have no scientific basis?”
Another study showed Lemon Balm combined with Fennel and Chamomile given to babies resulted in a decrease of crying. In fact, they observed relief of crying in 85% of colicky babies within one week. The average for reduced crying was over 2 hours per day! The placebo group reduced crying by 28 minutes, as those poor babies learned that their caretakers couldn’t help them, and began to give up. (Phytother Res. 2005 Apr;19
American doctors offer Prilosec (omeprazole) for infant colic, and they have 5 double blind studies with these results: A review of five placebo-controlled studies in infants concluded that: “Prilosec did not reducing crying time greater than placebo.” Wait…what!? (Can Fam Physician. 2013 Feb. It did reduce stomach acid, however. Research proves that a reduction in stomach acid weakens your bones, causing osteoporosis.
Licorice Root was studied for its efficacy of eliminating H. Pylori bacteria in the stomach, which associates with gastric ulcers, cancer, and hemorrhage. Licorice was able to eliminate 56% of the infections, while placebo was near zero. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2013;2013:263805
American doctors use “Triple Therapy,” for H Pylori infections, which is a high dose of three different antibiotics. This treatment resolved 64% of the infections, with over half the patients experiencing side effects.
Mother Nature caused no side effects.
Nearly the same results with no damage to the microbiome, which is what doctors call the healthy bacteria that live harmoniously within us. I treat medical failure cases almost exclusively. Their stories often begin with significant antibiotic use. Antibiotics solve the immediate crises, but leave people vulnerable to secondary infections, autoimmunity, and food allergies. We use Mother Nature to clear chronic infections like H. Pylori, and regulate their immune system, and my “medical failure” cases find healing again.
Licorice is one of the ingredients in True GI Cleanse, along with Larrea, which has shown effectiveness against a brain eating amoeba, and Golden Thread, which has proven in my experience and in research to be effective with antibiotic resistant Clostridium bacteria.
Licorice by itself was only 8% less effective than Triple Therapy. Why do American doctors use resources that hurt?
Passion Flower is an ingredient in True Calm and True Sleep. I have experienced the virtue of True Calm multitudes of times. One such time, a series of stressful events led to the worst case of heartburn I had ever felt. It was during the time I was learning these plants and their virtues, so I used muscle testing to determine what I needed.
Why don’t we listen to the messages our bodies are trying to tell us?
All symptoms are messages of a need. Heartburn could need stress relief, stomach soothing or healing, or stronger digestion. I tested for “stress relief” and True Calm strengthened. In frustration, I took a dropper full and 20 minutes later, the worst heartburn ever, was gone. I even enjoyed a beer, which had aggravated the heartburn so much, it was unbearable.
This double blind study concluded that Passion flower worked just as well as a pharmaceutical sedative called Midazolam. Midazolam can cause paranoia and suicidal thoughts. It can impair memory, judgment, and coordination. And it can cause death by respiratory failure (suppresses the brain to such an extent that the brain fails to regulate breathing). Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2017 Jan 1.
Caution: Passion flower could cause heartburn relief.
As I was developing True Calm, I offered my best available resource, Skullcap, to Gates, our 3rd child to calm his intense energy. He was grinding his teeth as he ran around, or I would have just let him run it out. But I care for every inch of that kid, including teeth, so wanted to protect his teeth. I gave him a full dropper of Skullcap. The child dose is considered 10 drops, which should be about half a dropper.
I just wanted him to calm a bit, but I delivered a knockout blow. In 20 minutes or less, he was asleep on the couch. I believe it was the Skullcap because he hadn’t been napping for quite some time and it wasn’t even close to bedtime.
Doctors in England made note of the changes in mood using Skullcap, discovering “significantly enhanced global mood without a reduction in energy or cognition.” Phytother Res. 2014 May;28.
This isn’t a double blind study, but if a group of people took Skullcap for 2 weeks, and reported significant less irritability and significantly more ease and happiness, with no side effects, wouldn’t you want to try it?
St. Johns Wort: Compared side by side to Paxil, a pharmaceutical prescribed for depression, and a placebo, St. Johns Wort decreased standardized depression questionnaire scores by 70% more than Paxil. And while both improved depression better than a placebo, St. John’s Wort showed results in a higher percentage of patients than Paxil (87 vs 60%) and remission (complete resolution) rates were higher. (71 vs 42%). Can Fam Physician. 2007 Sep; 53(9).
Suma is known as Brazilian Ginseng because it increases strength and resilience to stress, which has been scientifically validated in Ginseng many times over. It is proven to decrease inflammation, Int Immunopharmacol, the strength of red blood cells in Sickle Cell Anemia, Clin Hemorheol Microcirc., causes weakening and degeneration of hurtful breast cancer cells, Exp Toxicol Pathol., and reduced the size and number of lesions in cancer of the liver. Cancer Lett.
We use Suma in True Mood Lift for its toughness, which its proven by to provide, multiple times.
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Better yet, you get scientifically proven relief for anxiety and depression, for a relatively low cost! Check out this story of one of my patients with a very interesting cause of depression. I’m not sure if True Mood Lift would have worked without our diagnostic testing in her case. Try one first, and if it doesn’t work, consider our diagnostic testing. I consult with frustrated patients all over the world.
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