Herbal therapy

St. John's wort—300 mg three times a day or two cups of tea daily, as effective as Prozac, for mild to moderate depression;36 take 4 to 8 weeks to feel full effect. Take before or with meals to prevent stomach problems; can be combined with 5-HTP.

Licorice—has antidepressant compounds, add to other teas.

Siberian ginseng—promotes a sense of well-being.

Gingko biloba—80 mg extract three times daily, relieves depression especially in the elderly; can be combined with St. John's wort and/or 5-HTP.

Damiana—may relieve depression.

Yohimbe—has an MAO inhibitor compound; can have side effects including increased heart rate and blood pressure, hallucinations, anxiety, and headache, use only under the supervision of a physician.

Ginger—an antidepressant.

Cayenne—stimulates production of endorphins.

Kava kava—45 to 70 mg kavalactones three times daily, relieves depression and has a calming effect; reduce dose if drowsiness is experienced. Valerian—relieves insomnia. Walnut tea—high in serotonin.

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