New research from Queensland’s Health Sciences Centre shows that some of the most commonly prescribed herbal remedies have been shown to be effective for depression.
The team from the Health Sciences and Technology Centre in Queensland said the results of their study are consistent with what has been shown before.
“We’ve found that some herbal remedies are better than others at improving mood,” Dr Mark Akerlof, senior lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Queensland said.
“The results show that the best herbal remedies for depression, like ayurvedic medicine, are the ones that are low in psychoactive compounds, and have no psychoactive effects.”
Dr Akerkelf said there are many more compounds that could be used in herbal remedies, but these could also be better.
“There are a lot of other compounds that are probably better for people with depression, so we’ll have to continue to look at that,” Dr Akerllof said.
The researchers are currently studying the effects of herbal remedies on depression in healthy volunteers.
Dr Ackley said the next step is to find out whether the medicinal compounds in herbal medicine are helpful or harmful to people with a depression diagnosis.
“If they are beneficial, then we would expect that there would be more people using them,” he said.
He said research was still ongoing and the results from the study could change over time.
“It could be a longer-term project that we can use to look into other treatments that might be useful,” he.