Alternative Therapies

Anxiety and Depression – Holistic Alternative Therapies and Treatments

Over time, antidepressants have been used for the management of anxiety and depression related conditions. However, alternative or complementary therapies have now emerged – and have proven to be more effective than antidepressants in the long run. These alternative therapies are an embodiment of practices and procedures that include everything from exercise and diet to mental conditioning and the application of certain lifestyle changes.

What is An Alternative Therapy?

An alternative therapy encompasses a variety of practices and disciplines not classified as standard Western medical practice. Examples of alternative anti-depression therapies include herbal supplements, vitamins, yoga, meditation, exercise, and aromatherapy.

There is proof that holistic alternative therapies are effective for the treatment of depression.  We at Zapping Antidepressants know first hand the dangers of antidepressant drugs. Therefore, we have made it our mission to spread this awareness and promote alternative methods of treatment and healing.

  • Herbal Supplements

Herbal remedies are an effective anti-depressant treatment. However, it would be ideal to discuss with your doctor before settling for any herbal supplement. St. John’s wort and ginkgo biloba are two of the most common herbal therapies used for the treatment of depression. St. John’s wort has been used in many parts of the world, and it has been scientifically proven to treat moderate to severe depression. Ginkgo biloba, on the other hand, is thought to improve intellectual functioning.  Get a herbal consultation and receive a complete personal protocol of wellness and recommendations for you today. Herbal consultations can be found  here:

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  • Vitamins

While long-term studies are still ongoing, vitamins like B-complex, which have proven to be crucial to the production and regulation of neurotransmitters, have been connected to depression. B-vitamin deficiency has been linked with disorders such as anxiety and depression. The intake of these nutrients may help uplift a person’s mood and eliminate depression and related disorders.  Before starting any new vitamins, it is also a good idea to discuss with your doctor.

  • Meditation

Often described as an altered state of consciousness, meditation is a form of relaxation – a state that is entered into voluntarily. Meditation can be practiced for a few minutes daily, helping to clear the mind by refocusing it on one thought – a process that helps to ease depression and its symptoms.  Check out some of our meditation accessories here:

  • Yoga

Even in your depressed state, yoga meets you at the right point. Practicing yoga helps you apply specific breathing techniques and body poses that can energize you when you feel down or calm you at times when you are feeling anxious. Your breath acts as a link between your body and mind. By changing your breath, your mental and physical health can improve. The body poses and movements can teach you how to apply your body in such a way that you feel stronger and better able to breathe and function, creating an improved sense of health and wellness.  Check out some of our great yoga accessories here:

  • Exercise

There are a variety of exercises that can help reduce stress, lower depression, and improve your balance, energy level, flexibility, and relaxation.  Exercise is generally a safe and easy way to improve your health, fitness, and well-being. However, it would be ideal to consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program so you are sure of what works best for you.  We have some awesome exercise accessories that can be found here:

  • Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy involves the use of organic compounds, called essential oils, to improve the mental state, mood, and overall health of an individual. These essential oils can be applied during massage, dissolved in a bath, or diffused into the air. Aromatherapy, along with other combinations, can be used as part of a treatment plan for depression as it helps to relieve stress and boost a person’s mood.  We encourage the use of aromatherapy essential oils and diffusers. You can view some of those quality products here:

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  • Acupressure

Acupressure – a type of massage which involves the use of thumbs, fingers, and palms or special devices like needles to apply pressure to different points (acupoints) on the body – is a great and effective way to manage anxiety and depression. Over time, this practice has worked its way into Western medicine, becoming a staple in complementary medical care. And there is good reason for this. Acupressure helps to eliminate blockages, restoring energy flow and ensuring balance for the mind and body.  You can view some of our unique acupressure products here:

While anti-depressants have proven to be effective in managing depression, its long-term effect on an individual has constantly raised concerns. Alternative or complementary therapies, on the other hand, do not only eliminate depression and related disorders, but they do not come along with any bothersome and potentially dangerous side effects that could compromise your treatment efforts. They also do not alter the natural processes of the neurotransmitters in your brain and are much safer alternatives.   They are non-addicting, unlike antidepressant drugs.