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#1 of 16 Old 05-09-2005, 04:31 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Are there any herbal or homeopathic ways to combat PPD?
After 1st DS, I tried 2 different chemical anti-depressants, and either (or both..?) made me depression a zillion times worse. I think one was paxil, and the other *may* have been prozac, but not quite sure.
I am scared of/intimidated by chemical prescription anti-d's, now, and only know of st. johns wort. Is there anything else anyone has had success with?
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Light therapy and exercise have both helped me.
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Allie,

Short on time, but this comes up often. Here are the results of a forum search, keyword "alternative"...

http://mothering.com/discussions/sea...earchid=575767
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You can do it, but it takes a major effort, which may be had when in the throes of PPD. You will need support. If you like homeopathy, find a trained classical homeopath in your area. http://homeopathy-cures.com/html/ref...omeopaths.html
If you like herbs and supplements, find a naturopath or an accupuncturist in your area (word of mouth is best -- go to MDC's finding your tribe for your area).
Also, check out your local library for books on the subject.

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Daily sweat-producing excersize works wonders. At least 30 mins/7 days a week.
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Before taking the last resort of meds, my pentultimate resort was hypnotherapy. It is working wonders!!!!!

I was disappointed that nothing was working for me as far as herbs or homeopathy - my depression was rather severe.

Hypnotherapy not an instant feel better thing. But it facilitates getting issues out *very* quickly and effectively. So I felt "better" after the first session, but stuff I've been ignoring in the depression has been coming up to be handled. (As a comparision, each session seems to me roughly equvalent to at least a year of integrative therapy plus meds.) So while it's not as easy as get hypnotized and then walk away with a perfect life, I've been able to make some real and long overdue changes in my thinking, life, marriage, etc... And in a very brief time.

In addition, I'm now taking some flower remedies specific to my situation, and giving DS his own as well.

Hope this helps a bit. Good luck finding the right thing for you!!
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I would also suggest exercise, preferably outside where you can be in the sunlight. And possibly through in some yoga and meditation.

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this worked wonders for me when my hormones crashed and ppd arrived...

http://www.pregnancyrecovery.com/index.cfm


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I wish I had been able to get through my depressive period(s) without Rx meds, but, alas, for me they were the only thing that kept my head above water. A good diet, exercise, herbs, etc., DO work for some people, but not for everyone. I hope that you find a solution that brings you peace.
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Things I tried that really helped:
Excersise
Fresh air
Bach Flower Essences
Hypnotherapy
Eating better (less sugar)

What did the trick:
Moving to a new state. Not that that is an option for most people but I had been living in a horrid environment. Think far out suburb of NYC with lots of nasty people and lots of traffic and congestion. I was scared to leave the house. I now live on a farm in the country. Within the first week my husband was amazed at how different and more happy I was. And still am 4 years later.
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What I found to be the absolute best for ppd is to take essential fatty acids. EPA, the best product is Nordic Naturals EPA. http://www.nordicnaturals.com/retail...mary.asp?ID=14

The ration of DHA to EPA is 4:1 which is important for depression, the higher the ratio the better it is at battling depression. Often when you are nursing you get depleted in Omega 3...
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If you can acquire trytophan, it is excellent.

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Acupuncture was very helpful to me, as well as making some much-needed lifestyle changes.

I actually came to this forum specifically to share a link to a site that's a great resource for self-medicating with homeopathy!
Here's the page on PPD:

http://www.truestarhealth.com/Notes/2249001.html

I have found homeopathy to be helpful for a lot of things, so now I'm stocking up on a few things especially for my upcoming pp period...

best wishes to you.

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I recommend the book The Instinct to Heal- he's got some ideas I hadn't heard of before and they've been working great for me.
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A medical intuative helped me...look it up. and major changes to my diet...only live foods and product called "greener grasses" by health force nutritionals! Please check this out! I want you to feel great!!!
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B 12 and Omega 3 oils can be a great help. I also have read that green juice is a Good Thing. (I am going to look up the specific recommendation).

Excersize is also a major source of comfort.
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