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Herbs and Mental Health

For over three thousand years people in Asia have been using a very wide variety of herbs and have developed an herbal system that is the world's most sophisticated form of natural health maintenance. Living in harmony with nature and consuming natural food and herbs help us to promote mental health and longevity. We live in an era where much of what we eat is not natural. Our environment is often quite synthetic. Our food tends to be highly processed. Herbs used for mental health balance in Southeast Asia contain a whole range of bioactive component function as antioxidants and help our system revitalizing, boosting energy, and improving memory, reducing stress and anxiety. However, most commercial herbs are grown with chemicals. Therefore it is important to use fresh or dried herbs for their potential health benefits. Most herbs are safe and you would not react negatively with herb like drugs. Here a list of the most commonly used oriental herbs to promote mental health:

1. Depression with Irritability, PMS: White peony, Poria, Atractylodes, Bupleurum, Mint, Dang Gui, Ginger, Licorice, Tree peony root bark, and Gardenia.

2. Depression with Mania, Delirious speech: Bupleurum, Pinellia, Poria, Cinnamon branch, Scullcap, sour date, codonopsis, fossilized bone, oyster shell, ginger, and rhubarb.

3. Anxiety, Irritability, Restlessness, or Insomnia: Sour Date Seed, Zhi Mu, Salvia, Polygala, Biota, Atractylodes, Licorice, Ginseng, Ophiopogon, Schisandra, Mulberries, and Poria.

4. Anxiety, Weepiness, PMS: Polygonum, Weatberries, Sour Date, Poria, Lily, Mimosa bark, Licorice.

5. Insomnia, Poor Concentration: Biota, Ophiopogon, Dang Gui, Poria, Polygalia, Sour Date Seed, Scullcap, Codonopsis, and Amber.

6. Insomnia, Poor Memory or Concentration, Nocturnal Emission: Raw Foxglove, Dang Gui, Schisandra,, Sour Date Seed, Biota, Asparagus, Ophiopogon, Scrophularia, Salvia, Codonopsis, Poria, Platycodon, and Polygala.

7. Psychosis, mood swing: Safflowers, Dang Gui, Sichuan Lovage, Red Peony root, Niu Xi, Bupleurum, Platycodi, Bitter Orange, and Raw Rehmannia.

These are examples of herbs selected in place of common prescription medicines
Neurotransmitter Mental symptoms Medicine Herb
GABA Anxiety Benzodiazepines Valerian, Hops
Norepinephrine Anxiety, sleep disorder, depression, ADD Tri-cyclics, Ritalin St. John's Wort
Serotonin Depression, anxiety SSRIs St. John's Wort
Beta endorphins Mood, sleep, and pain dis-orders Opiate narcotics SJW, Kava, Nutmeg, Borage, Lotus oil
Acetylcholine Memory impairment, ADD Ginkgo Ginkgo
Histamine Sleep, appetite, and immune dis-orders Antihistamines, Haldol, Elavil Khella, nettle