SSRIs and natural alternatives

addiction withdrawl and side effects from antidepressant SSRI

If you’ve heard of SSRIs or SNRIs, you’d know them as “happy pills” or antidepressants. Prozac, Zoloft and Wellbutrin are some well-known brand names among these, and doctors prescribe them for a number of reasons: Dr. Healy goes on to explain that antidepressants are little use for people who have psychological symptoms in the absence […]

Ashwagandha – Stress and anxiety-reducing Ayurvedic herb

withania somnifera ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a name for the plant Withania somnifera and is a highly regarded substance among Ayurvedic herbs. As I always explain here, don’t let the fact that this is a plant fool you: herbs are just as potent, if not more so than nutrients and the only reason we don’t understand them is because […]

A primer on tinctures

tincture herbal liquid extract dropper bottle

Supplements, particularly herbal ones, come in a variety of forms. Liquid tinctures, or alcohol extractions of herbs are one form of herbal supplementation, but are seldom recognized outside of the “alternative health” world. Nonetheless, in many cases they can (and should) be considered over capsules or other dubious extractions. What are tinctures and why should […]