This Ancient Herbal Remedy Can Improve Depression And Anxiety In Just A Few Days – Safer And Quicker Than Conventional Antidepressants
Stress, anxiety and depression seem to be a modern plague. Doctors are writing an incredible five times more prescriptions for antidepressant drugs now than they were 20 years ago; but dishing out more medication has done little or nothing to improve the situation. In fact the problem is still growing, with latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that one in every five adults in the UK now suffers from anxiety or depression¹.
Antidepressant drugs may be more of a problem than a solution. They are often ineffective and their list of side effects is enormous; the more serious of these include thoughts of suicide or self-harm, a potentially fatal drop in blood sodium levels (hyponatraemia), a dangerous rise in blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, anxiety and digestive problems.
Ancient knowledge and modern technology have produced an effective, natural antidepressant
The need for safe, natural alternatives to antidepressant drugs has never been greater and the search for them has led enlightened researchers to look at traditional herbal remedies from around the world. People in hunter-gatherer societies had much harder lives than we do in the ‘developed’ world today and they often used medicinal plants to help them cope with fatigue, hunger and thirst.
Sceletium's mood-lifting effects could be felt in days rather than weeks
The effects of Sceletium on mood and cognition are well documented. Clinical case studies have shown impressive results in people suffering from major depressive disorder, dysthymia (long-lasting chronic depression) and severe depression combined with anxiety4. In many cases, an improvement in mood was felt within days of starting treatment, in contrast to the six to eight weeks that are usual before the effects (if any) of antidepressant medications become noticeable. For people who do not have clinical depression but may be feeling stressed or anxious, SceletiumTortuosum could impart a pleasant sense of ‘relaxed alertness’ within about 20 minutes.
What to take for best results
The recommended dosage of Sceletium Tortuosum is one capsule a day, providing 25mg of Sceletium extract, but two capsules may be taken if needed.
Women who are pregnant and people taking antidepressants of the MAOI group should not use Sceletium Tortuosum. If you are taking any other medication, talk to your doctor before taking any. Because SceletiumTortuosum can induce a state of deep relaxation in some people, you are advised to see how it affects you before driving or operating machinery.
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3Biochem Systematics Ecol. 2012; 44:364–373
4Aust J Med Herbalism. 2001; 13:3-17
5J Ethnopharmacol. 2011; 137(3):1124–1129
6J Altern Complement Med. 2013 Feb 26 (Online ahead of print)