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Effective Natural Remedies for Depression

by jenny sansouci on May 4, 2011

I received a really interesting study this morning from Cure Together, a site where people talk about their health conditions, what’s working for them in terms of healing, compare treatments, and track their health.

Recently Cure Together did a survey of almost 5,000 people suffering from depression, and their findings were very supportive of natural, holistic remedies. I thought I’d share the findings with you. If you suffer from depression, these are some things worth trying.

The top 3 remedies were: Exercise, sleep and talking to others.

Other high-ranking remedies were the following:

  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Mindful meditation
  • Massage therapy
  • Diet changes
  • Group sports
  • Breathwork
  • Light therapy
  • Personal growth workshops
  • Support groups
  • Yoga

Important to note: most natural remedies included were ranked HIGHER than the pharmaceutical drugs that were included. Among some of the drugs that were included: Zoloft, Celexa, Wellbutrin, Lexapro, Xanax, Cymbalta, Prozac.

Also important to note: alcohol was the one thing included that was rated to make depression worse.

See graph here of the results.

For info on foods that help alleviate depression, check out this article.

*Note: I am not a doctor and am not suggesting you change/stop/start any type of medication. Please consult your physician before making any changes to your medication.

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ovarian cysts May 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Depression is very common ailment especially to the teenagers because a lot of them experience their ups and down, peer pressure for example. Reading your post and knowing these remedies is truly helpful because to know now how to fight and overcome depression. Thanks for sharing!


caitlyn May 9, 2011 at 8:49 am

so i know you put yoga down but inversions in general are fantastic for depression and anxiety. Head stand, shoulder stand, basically any time you switch up the natural flow of blood/gravity it has an incredibly cooling effect on your nervous system. calms high blood pressure, helps you to sleep. inverting is basically like taking a happy pill:)


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