Definition - What does Tricyclic Antidepressant mean?
A debilitating and life-threatening condition, depression is often treated by chemical drugs, often available on prescription only. In some cases, however, milder forms of depressions can be treated by plants whose effects mimic those of tricyclic antidepressants. According to the Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, Volume 12, 2017, some medicinal plants can treat depression without any of the adverse effects that are commonly triggered by chemical drugs.
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St. John’s wort, for example, is one of the most popular plants used to replace tricyclic antidepressants. Native to northern Africa, Europe and western Africa, this plant has been shown to increase the serotonin levels in a patient’s body, closely mimicking the effects of tricyclic antidepressants. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), this particular plant is particularly effective in treating mild to moderate forms of depression. However, this herb can interact with certain medications, including chemotherapy medications, birth control pills and blood thinners.
According to studies carried out by the Alternative Medicine Review, saffron stigmas can also replicate the effects of tricyclic antidepressants. This plant is also safe to use with most medications.