Mayo Clinic on Alternatives for Major Depression

To my surprise, The Mayo Clinic is advising alternative treatments for major depression.  I list their suggestions below:

St. John’s wort – an herb supplement; one site suggested 300 mg per day for mild or moderate depression.

SAMe. (pronounced “sammy”) – a synthetic supplement (not natural); not approved in the U.S., but in Europe.

Omega-3 fatty acids – from food or supplements.

The Mayo Clinic reminds us that supplements are monitored by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) just as medicines are monitored.  Read the rest of this entry »