Treatment for Depression

Treatment for Depression

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Depression. Here are some of them:

Complementary Treatment Options


Shiatsu has been found to be a beneficial complementary therapy in the treatment of depression, creating a feeling of wellbeing.

Shiatsu can improve vitality and stamina……….. physically and emotionally.  During a Shiatsu treatment, the receiver becomes more relaxed and achieves that “feelgood factor” as the stimulation of the acupuncture points helps release endorphins (natural pain relievers, released by the body, and can induce a natural high).  During a course of treatment, this feelgood factor becomes cumulative and can extend further into daily life.

That first step away from depression can be an extremely difficult one, not knowing where to go or what to do.  With Shiatsu you can, once again, recognise what relaxation and wellbeing feels like and, in that space, you can start to prioritise and make positive decisions about your journey towards health.

Shiatsu is usually experienced as deeply relaxing and practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.


  • Gentian (Gentiana lutea) – used for cases of mild depression.
  • Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) – an excellent tonic where nevous exhaustion
    has led to depression.


  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) – Large doses appear to energise depressedpeople.
  • Pantothenic acid – Has a tension-relieving effect.
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid) – combats stress.
  • Magnesium – Known as the stress mineral, it is necessary for thefunctioning of the nerves.
  • Calcium – Makes you more relaxed.


Allopathic Treatment Options

Drug therapy, using anti-depressant drugs, is used for people who have predominantly physical symptoms.

Psychotherapy is used, either individually or in group therapy, where it is most useful for people where personality and their life experiences are the cause of the depression. Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), although rarely used for decades, is once again being used by some hospitals to treat the more severe cases. Electroconvulsive therapy is usually used on the very severe cases of depression, especially if the person is delusional or has failed to respond to other treatments.

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