Depression involves a prolonged period of experiencing sadness, loss of interest in activities that one once enjoyed, low self-esteem and in some severe cases, one may even contemplate committing suicide. There can be many causes of depression. However, research shows that the basic physiology behind depression is changes in the biochemical reactions in specific areas of the brain. There are certain compounds that are naturally produced in the body. These compounds are responsible for maintaining proper mental health. This discovery has triggered research into the natural cures for depression. Proper dietary intake, herbal remedies for depression and alternative therapies can act as natural cures for anxiety and depression.
Yoga: Yoga was developed thousands of years ago with the aim of ensuring both mental and physical health of an individual. Certain exercises in yoga promote production of the neurotransmitters and hormones that lead to positive feelings and help fight depression. Yoga works on the premise that body's energy system is comprise energy centers and meridians that need to be activated to relieve the system of negative emotion and to mobilize blocked energy. Yoga practitioners use this reason to explain why one feels rejuvenated and relieved after having done yoga.
Meditation: Meditation is an altered state of consciousness. It is similar to sleep when the mind and body is free of stress. While the body rests, the mind focuses on one thought. During this state of relaxation production of catecholamine (chemical that is associated with stress response) and cortisol (stress hormone) is reduced. It lowers the heart rate and blood pressure. All these changes reduce the level of stress and helps one to deal with depression better.
Acupuncture: It is an ancient form of alternative medicine that originated in China. Acupuncture is based on the premise that overall health of the body depends