Herbal Remedies & Nutritional Help to Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Depression from Hair Loss
Herbs have been successfully used in natural medicines such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years to alleviate the symptoms of mood and stress-related disorders. 62, 174 Ayurveda prescribes different foods to treat hair loss, many of which are loaded with essential nutrients for hair as well as those that help balance metabolism and hormones. Many herbs also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can further help prevent or treat thinning hair. 66
The following herbs have been used to treat stress, insomnia, anxiety, and/or mild to moderate depression: 66, 208
Table 41: Herbs to Help Reduce Stress
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Passiflora incarnata; recommended dosage 0.5-1 ml three times a day.
Experts advise to not use if you are allergic to ragweed.
Ocimum sanctum; also known as tulsi in Ayurveda.
Hypericum perforatum; also very high in antioxidants.
Do not use Humulus lupulus if taking antidepressants.
Curcuma longa; high in antioxidants; animal studies suggest turmeric can help with depression, hypothyroidism, and diabetes.
Melissa officinalis; dried leaves are also very high in antioxidants.
Valeriana or Nardostachys jatamansi.
Magnolia obovata; recommended dosage is 250-750 mg/day.
Avena sativa; also known as oat straw.