The symptoms of depression affect both the mind and the body, and affect a person’s ability to go about the activities of daily life. Homeopathic treatments for depression include dietary factors and making lifestyle changes to reduce stress. People considering homeopathic treatments should first consult a doctor due to potential interactions with other medical conditions or medications.
St. John’s Wort
Taking supplements of St. John’s Wort may provide relief for people with mild depression, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
Valerian is a dietary supplement used to help people get more restful sleep and can also be used for anxiety and depression.
S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe) is a supplement available at health food stores that can improve symptoms of mild to moderate depression.
Omega-3 fatty acids are in foods including fish, walnuts, soy and flaxseed and can be taken as nutritional supplements to treat mild depression.
Physical activity can increase the brain’s response to dopamine and turns on the reward center of the brain, which may reduce symptoms of depression.
According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation, massage, acupuncture and guided imagery treat the mind-body connection and can provide relief from mild depression symptoms.
St. John’s Wort can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, medications used to treat HIV, blood thinners, drugs used for treating cancer and anti-rejection drugs in people who have had organ transplants.