Mental health conditions are conventionally treated with pharmaceutical medications like SSRI’s, mood stabilisers or anxiolytics. Herbal medicine are derived from plants and plant extracts, also known as phytotherapy to treat health conditions. Herbs contain many components which collectively perform its theraprutic action.
Many modern drugs were originally extracted from plant sources, even if they’re now made synthetically. Conventional medicine uses the active ingredient of a plant, whereas herbal remedies use the whole plant.
SSRI’s work by preventing the reuptake of Serotonin so that the neurotransmitter can reach the post synapse to perform its antidepressant action.
Did the SSRI make more Serotonin?
Unfortunately, SSRI’s do not top up the tank. Your body naturally makes Serotonin from nutrients we take in our diet. Herbs, vitamins and amino acids provide the armoury for the body to naturally make more Serotonin naturally
In this lesson, you will learn:
- evidence base behind herbs vs drugs for mental health
- phytotherapy for mental health conditions
- SSRI’s and mood stabilisers
- alternative therapies to manage mood
Video Duration: 46:55mins