The most common antidepressants prescribed by the NHS in the UK are SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) tablets. These often come with a range of side effects and are sometimes not right for everyone. However, SSRIs are not the only option for someone with depression. Herbal remedies such as St John’s Wort can be used to treat mild depression and can be picked up from high street health food shops.
Just Like A Pill met with registered herbalist Gina Webley to find out what the pros and cons are of herbal antidepressants. In this video Gina explains how herbalists can tailor make antidepressants around the needs of the patient; something that is very different from SSRI antidepressants.
St John’s Wort and other Herbal antidepressants are licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency. However, they are not supported by NHS funding. I spoke to NHS Dr Zoe Norris about her views on herbal antidepressants she said: “some people like to use herbal remedies but it is important to remember that although those are herbal they can still cause side effects.”
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