One in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental health disorder in any year.
The most common mental illnesses are depression and anxiety and they are often experienced in combination. For example, a person with depression could also develop an anxiety disorder. Scientific research has discovered that there are many factors that can influence a person’s mental health status, such as:
- Poor diet
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Gut health
- Poor sleep
- pH balance
- Toxic load/environmental factors
- Alcohol or substance abuse
I have been trained to identify if any of these factors are contributing to your mood and can provide you with an individualised naturopathic treatment plan to assist your body and mind to restore balance, giving you long term improvements in your quality of life.
Naturopathic therapies including dietary and lifestyle interventions, nutritional supplementation and herbal medicines have a strong evidence base for the treatment of mood disorders.
For example, the herbal extract of hypericum (St. John’s Wort) has well-documented anti-depressant actions. Clinical trials have found it to be superior to placebo in patients with major depression; as effective as standard antidepressants and to have fewer side effects than standard antidepressants.
Magnesium deficiency is well known to affect the nervous system. Stress and poor dietary choices promote a magnesium deficit which can present as depression, agitation, irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, confusion, headache, hyperexcitability and fatigue. Research demonstrates that magnesium supplementation may reduce anxiety and major depression symptoms.
Furthermore, studies support the clinical use of curcumin, a plant polyphenol found in turmeric, in depression. A recent meta-analysis of six clinical trials comparing the use of curcumin to placebo in patients with depression observed that curcumin had significant clinical efficacy in alleviating depressive symptoms and reducing anxiety.
Some supplements work well with antidepressant medications and others should not be combined. I can assist you to determine the most appropriate and safest treatment options available to you.
Almost half of Australian’s (45%) will experience a mental health illness in their lifetime.
If you suffer from depression, anxiety or other mental health condition contact the Adelaide Naturopath clinic today for a free chat about your condition.
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Linde K, Berner MM, Kriston L 2008 ‘St John’s Wort for major depression’, Cochrane Database of systematic reviews, https://doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD000448.pub3