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What herbal supplements are used as alternative treatments for depression?

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St. John's wort is a common herbal supplement suggested for depression. 5-HTP and SAMe are other supplements that have been studied for depression.

Don't take a supplement unless you've talked to your doctor about it. They could interact with your medicines, and they can be dangerous for people with certain conditions.

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "St. John’s Wort and Depression." "Yoga for Health," "Depression and Complementary Health Practices."

FDA: "The Lowdown on Depression."

National Institute of Mental Health: "What is Depression?"

American Psychiatric Association, , 2000. Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Major Depression

American Psychiatric Association. , American Psychiatric Pub, 2000. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: DSM-IV-TR

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on October 16, 2018

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