Low mood and depression

What you need to know

Have you checked for reliable medical advice about depression? We recommend NHS Choices and here is their depression page.

Before you start to use other remedies for your depression you should  run though the pre-launch Self Care CHECKLIST (downloads as a pdf)

Then check out the Self Care Library for a FREE introduction to depression, and for an independent thorough review of the evidence for a wide range of self care approaches: things you can do at home, things you can buy and people you can see. Each is given a simple rating for benefits, risks and costs.

The herbal medicine option

In Europe there is a unique category of herbal medicines, registered on the basis of their traditional use. As an example, in the UK the medicines regulator (MHRA) has both registered and fully licensed herbal medicines. A condition of medicine status is that manufacturers have to guarantee quality standards, label with appropriate self care conditions and agreed doses, and insert approved information leaflets to assure safe use. The following, available in UK supermarkets and pharmacies or online, are registered or licensed for use in helping mild to moderate depression and low mood.

St John’s wort

  • Duchy Herbals Hyperilift tincture (Nelson)
  • Good Mood tablets (HRI)
  • Hyperiforce tablets (Bioforce)
  • Karma Mood tablets (Schwabe Pharma)
  • Karma tablets (Schwabe Pharma)
  • Moodease tablets (Schwabe Pharma)
  • Neuropret tablets (Bionorica)
  • Ucalm tablets (Nature’s Aid)

St John’s wort, valerian and passionflower

  • Botanova tablets (Pascoe)

Further information

Plant Medicine offers a free detailed review of the evidence for St John’s wort and valerian for the public and health professional. (NOTE this site is currently being reconstructed – please come back in August 2016)